3DMark Vantage is the latest 3DMark test from Futuremark. Traditionally, 3DMark focused on GPU performance but with 3DMark 2006 and Vantage, Futuremark has given more attention to the CPU. 3DMark Vantage features two CPU tests that focus on either artificial intelligence calculations or physics calculations. 3DMark 2006 features two CPU physics simulations of differing quality. These tests scale incredibly well with cores so the more threads available the higher the score.
The XFX GTX260 Black Edition once again pushes past the Asus ROG HD 4870. The SM2 and SM3 scores of 3DMark2006 are particularly interesting with Nvidia showing much closer scores than AMD.