|Futuremark 3DMark Vantage|
|Synthetic DirectX Gaming|
3DMark Vantage is the latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark. This benchmark is constrained to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that come by means of DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark added two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, and several new feature tests, along with support for the latest PC hardware. We used the Performance preset for our test.
Digital Storm 950Si - Core i7 @ 3.79GHz, GeForce GTX 285
Velocity Micro Edge Z55, Core i7 @ 2.93GHz, Dual Radeon HD 4850 - Crossfire
As a simple reference point, we thought we'd include the Velocity Micro Z55's 3DMark Vantage numbers for comparison. Clearly the Digital Storm system's overclock speed offers a lot more processing throughput, but the two systems have roughly similar horsepower (at least according to this test) in terms of their GPUs. In the case of the Velocity Micro system, we're looking at the power of two Radeon HD 4850 cards in CrossFire mode and a single GeForce GTX 285 card in the Digital Storm system. We should also note that the Velocity Micro system also retails for about $850 less than the higher-end build-out and overclock setup of the Digital Storm 950Si system.
|DirectX 10 Gaming Performance|
Crytek's game engine visuals in Crysis are some of the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen to date on a computer screen. The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur, and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as an impressive use of Shader technology. The single player, FPS Crysis is a smash-hit, and rightfully so. We ran the full game patched to v1.2 with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the systems' graphics engines being tested.
The first iteration of the game Crysis may be mostly GPU bound, but it is somewhat CPU bound as well. Quite frankly, it's a pig of a game engine and we'd caution that you should only put so much stock in Crysis performance metrics. In fact, Crytek's Far Cry 2 engine is a much more relevant gaming benchmark these days in our opinion. We'll have those numbers coming up shortly but for now, you can see some interesting results here in the classic Crysis GPU test. GPU scaling, especially for AMD Radeon based cards isn't the best in this game engine and a pair of 4870s in CrossFire just barely outpace the Digital Storm's GeForce GTX 285 backed up by its juiced-up Core i7 platform.