PNY GeForce GTX 470 Review

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Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

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.

Like the Unigine benchmark on the previous page, the PNY GeForce GTX 470 finishes ahead of almost every card in the 3DMark Vantage benchmark, but this time three cards offer better performance--the GTX 480 (obviously) and the Radeon HD 5970 and 5870. The GTX 470 technically manages to pull ahead of the Radeon HD 5850 as well, but the delta is quite small.

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