Dell Alienware Area-51 Core i7-980 X Infused Gaming PC

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x1024. As always, tests were looped 3x.

Results from 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset - Graph above represents performance preset scores.

This is an interesting analysis from a standpoint of how important multi-threaded processing horsepower is to 3DMark Vantage.  Remember, the Origin Genesis system is also configured with a pair of AMD ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics cards in CrossFireX.  As a result, what you're seeing his is the variance in performance that the Gulftown six-core Core i7-980X offers versus a similarly overclocked Core i7 920 series processor.  The result is a mere 5.5% advantage for the Area-51, though clearly this is a GPU intensive benchmark that is only affected so much once you reach a certain level of host CPU performance.

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