||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 1,920 x 1,200, with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering.|
3DMark Vantage showed an unexpected large performance improvement for the factory overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards over the stock reference model. The slightly higher core and memory clocks of the Asus card give it a slight edge over MSI's offering.
The factory overclocked Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards from Asus and MSI showed the largest improvement in 3DMark Vantage's GPU Test 1, with the Asus card once again coming out on top by a slight margin.