||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 Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1,920x1,200, with 4x anti-aliasing an 16x anisotropic filtering.|
The new GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 cards from EVGA and Zotac performed very well in the 3DMark Vantage benchmark. Performance was clearly superior to the first-gen GTX 260 and markedly ahead of the Radeon HD 4870.
Things only got better for the new GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 cards when running them in an SLI configuration. In this test, the GTX 260 Core 216 SLI configuration easily outpaced the first-gen GTX 260 cards running in SLI and a pair of Radeon HD 4870 cards running in a CrossFire configuration.