||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 1280x1024, with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering.|
The 3DMark Vantage overall scores here are skewed by NVIDIA's PhysX implementation, which affects one of the CPU benchmark, and oddly couldn't be disabled on our test rig. No matter, however, as the individual GPU test results are next--and they follow the exact same performance trend anyway.
These results essentially mirror what we saw with 3DMark06. The new GeForce 9500 GT is markedly faster than a Radeon HD 3650 and is almost able to catch the GeForce 8600 GTS. The more powerful card, which are only slightly more expensive, however, put up much better scores.