NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580: A New Flagship Emerges

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3DMark Vantage Performance

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage

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.

3DMark Vantage paints an interesting picture. As you can see, in comparison to any single-GPU powered AMD-based graphics card, the GeForce GTX 580 is simply a monster. It outperforms the Radeon HD 5870 by a wide margin. The dual-GPU powered--and year old, we might add--Radeon HD 5970, however, pulled well ahead of the GTX 580, mostly due to its strong performance in GPU Test 1.

6870 6850 5870 5850 5970  GTX 460  GTX 470  GTX 480 GTX 580
% Increase 88.0% 90.9% 74.8% 76.4% 67.6% 91.3% 90.2% 76.2% 78.2%

The tables turn in our multi-GPU tests. Due to suprerior scaling, the GeForce GTX 580 SLI configuration is the fastest of the bunch, outperforming even the four GPUs that comprise the Radeon HD 5970 CrossFire configuration and decimating the pair of Radeon HD 5870s.

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