||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 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.|
In our single-GPU 3DMark Vantage tests, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 performs a bit better than a dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 295 and a stock Radeon HD 5870. However, the factory overclocked Radeon HD 5870 OC put up a slightly higher score, due to the Radeon's better performance in the GPU Test 1 portion of the test.
Running the cards in a multi-GPU configuration changes the landscape quite a bit. When running in a dual-card SLI configuration, the GeForce GTX 480 scales better than the Radeon HD 5870 and hence outpaces the 5870 CrossFire configuration by a fair margin. The quad-CrossFireX Radeon HD 5970 configuration rules the roost, however.