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3DMark Vantage, Low-Res Crysis

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DX10 Performance

3DMark Vantage

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. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated new graphics tests, CPU tests, several feature tests, and support for the latest PC hardware. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme and Performance preset options.

We saw a small performance difference in 3DMark but again, only by about two percent. The M3A78-T has kept pace remarkably well thus far.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis
Taking the GPU out of the Equation

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some low-resolution in-game benchmarking with Crysis. When testing processors and motherboards in these games, we drop the resolution to 800x600 and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, any in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.

In Crysis we saw the largest difference yet with the Asus Crosshair IV Extreme pulling ahead of the older 780GX configuration.

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