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Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
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3DMark Vantage

Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista or newer 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 version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, and several new feature tests.  We tested the graphics capabilities of the APUs featured here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

For the sake of reference, we have also included 3DMark scores from a couple of entry-level discrete graphics cards, to give you all an idea as to how AMD's latest APUs (and Intel's integrated graphics solutions) fare in this benchmark.

As you can see, according to 3DMark Vantage, the AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K offer the best overall performance, clearly dominating anything Intel has to offer. If we tunnel deeper into the results, you'll see why...

The Radeon HD 7660D and HD 7560D graphics cores built into the new AMD A10-5800K and A8-5600K APUs offer significantly higher frame rates than Intel's offerings in both GPU tests, almost doubling the performance of Intel's HD 4000 series graphics engine, which is the Intel's fastest to date.

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