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Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DX10 Performance

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 Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The Extreme preset does a good job of taxing all of the cards in our test group. With a score of X10503 3DMarks, the Amp Edition edges out Gigabyte's Super OC HD 5870 and the stock GTX 480 from EVGA. It posted frame rates of 32 FPS and 27 FPS in the GPU tests, with occasional instances of stuttering. The Zotac card, however, was no match for the dual GPU HD 5970 in this test.

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