||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 1,920x1,200, with 4x anti-aliasing an 16x anisotropic filtering.|
Once again, we see that the PowerColor PCS+ HD 4870 1GB GDDR5's increased clock speeds and larger frame buffer give it a moderate performance boost in 3DMark Vantage's Extreme benchmark.
Both of 3DMark Vantage's individual GPU tests show a nice improvement over a reference Radeon HD 4870 as well, and they also give the PowerColor PCS+ HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 a clear advantage over the GTX 260.