OC'ed GeForce GTX 480 Shoot-Out: MSI vs Gigabyte

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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.

The dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 maintains a strong lead over all of the other graphics cards tested here, in the 3DMark Vantage "Extreme" benchmark. The GeForce GTX 480 comparisons show the higher-clocked Gigabyte GTX 480 SOC with a lead over MSI's N480GTX Lightning, but both cards easily top the reference GTX 480.


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