The Origin of Speed: Origin's Genesis Gaming System

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3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark06 is an aging benchmark now, but it still serves as a useful benchmark of GPU capability, particularly when combined with its bigger brother, 3DMark Vantage. We ran the test at default settings and looped it three times to obtain a more reliable result. Texture and AA settings were left in the default position (optimal and off respectively).

Our first 3D benchmark, and our first chance to see the twin Radeon 5970 cards in action. Origin's Genesis system is 15 percent faster than the Digital Storm we tested last month, but the gap isn't as wide as one might expect, given the sheer amount of GPU power at the Genesis' command. At 1280x1024 and standard settings, it's entirely possible that the benchmark isn't giving the four ATI GPUs enough of a workout to stretch their legs.

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 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 Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x1024. As always, tests were looped 3x.

When we move to the newer 3DMark Vantage, the gap between the GTX 275's in SLI and the quad-GPU Origin Genesis configuration increases to 21 percent. Given the performance pattern we've seen thus far, it's likely that the gap between the Genesis and its competitors would continue to widen as detail levels and AA/AF levels increased.

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