3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware. 3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
The Extreme settings were used for testing, so a resolution of 1920×1200 was used.
3DMark Vantage seems to really like the GTX 260 core 216. Note that we did include PhysX in our overall score, so there is a boost there for the Nvidia card. By looking at the GPU Score you can get an indication of exactly how the cards perform in this benchmark. Obviously the scores shown in this test don’t always reflect real world performance but it can help determine if your system is running properly, and can easily show differences between hardware and driver changes.