The highly expected Vista PCMark dubbed Vantage should be available on October 18th. At least thats what the promotional site says.
The PCMark is less popular then the 3DMark, but it is still widely used as the most common benchmark for a computer's performance in general. Called Vantage, the new version will work only on Vista. The system requirements for the new Vantage are listed on the Futuremark website.
* Modern processor with SSE2 support Modern processor with support SSE2
* Intel Pentium 4 at 3.0GHz or equivalent AMD processor Intel Pentium 4 at 3.0GHz or equivalent AMD processor
* Multi-core processors recommended Multi recommended processors
# Graphics Card Graphics Card
* Shader Model 2.0 compliant graphics card. Shader Model 2.0 compliant graphics card.
* Shader Model 3.0 compliant graphics card for the GPU image manipulation test Shader Model 3.0 compliant graphics card for the GPU image manipulation test
* 256MB of graphics memory for the GPU gaming test recommended 256 MB of graphics memory for the GPU gaming test recommended
Hard Disk Hard Disk
* 1.7GB of hard disk space 1.7 GB of hard disk space
* NTFS File System NTFS File System
System Memory System Memory
* 1024MB 1024 MB
Operating System Operating System
* Microsoft Windows Vista® Ultimate / Home Premium / Home Basic / Enterprise / Business Microsoft ® Windows Vista Ultimate / Home Premium / Home Basic / Enterprise / Business
* Windows Media Player 11 Windows Media Player 11
* Latest DirectX Update for Windows Vista Latest DirectX Update for Windows Vista
* Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
We just need to wait till Thursday to see how this benchmark behaves. You can check out the promo site here.