||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 factory overclocked PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 PCS+ cards were markedly faster than the stock cards in the 3DMark Vantage benchmark. Here, the 5870 PCS+ turns in the best score of the group, but it and the 5850 PCS+ were a few hundred points faster than the stock Radeons overall.