||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 y 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 1280 x 1024.|
The DX10-based 3DMark Vantage, the latest iteration of Futuremark's benchmarking application, shows us larger sepearations between the cards, although the relative order remains the same as before. For example, the 8800-based cards are closely knit at the top, the HD 3850 again in a distant last place, and the other three cards jockeying for position in between. As far as the mid-range battle goes, the GV-N98TZL-512H is the clear winner, nearly 170 points better than Palit and twice that amount over the HD 3870.
In the first GPU test, Gigabyte easily beats Palit by almost a full frame per second, equalling a 6% difference between the two. Differences are minimal, however, in the second GPU Test, with the scores nearly identical between the two 9800 GTs.