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Test Report: First Vista Desktop PC Benchmarks

Quad-core PCs running Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6700 CPU did better on our WorldBench 6 (beta) suite than dual-core systems, and Gateway's FX530XT led the pack, excelling on all of our productivity tests. But as our gaming trials show, not all units had fully baked graphics drivers at the time of testing. Click on the icon below to see the full chart.

Vista PCPriceCPUGraphicsRAM (MB)WorldBench 6 (beta) score 1Productivity tests (seconds) 2Gaming tests (fps) 3
Multitasking: Firefox and Windows Media EncoderAdobe Photoshop CS2Autodesk 3ds max 8.0 (rendering)Microsoft Office 2003 (seconds)Far CryDoom 3
CyberPower Gamer Infinity 7500$999 2.4-GHz Core 2 Duo E6600EVGA GeForce 7900GS1024108265449671353112124
Dell Dimension C521 $979 2.4-GHz Athlon 64 X2 4600+ATI Radeon X130020489135959777439581n/a 4
Dell XPS 410$19542.4-GHz Core 2 Duo E6600GeForce 7900 GS2048118291387672362109111
Dell XPS 710$42242.66-GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6700GeForce 7950 GX22048129258360348342108120
Gateway FX530XT$4500 2.66-GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6700 5ATI Radeon X1950 XTX (Crossfire)4096148211295292325159n/a 4
Shuttle G2-3200$1860 2.13-GHz Core 2 Duo E6400ATI Radeon X1300204810032549575537062n/a 4
Chart Notes: All systems ran Windows Vista Home Premium edition. Best scores are in bold. Footnotes: 1 Results are not comparable with WorldBench 5 scores. 2 For timed tests, lower numbers are better. 3 Tests performed at 1024 by 768 resolution with antialiasing turned off; higher rates of frames per second (fps) are better. 4 n/a = not applicable. Systems with ATI-based graphics were unable to complete this test. 5 Factory-overclocked to 3.2 GHz.

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