FurMark is a very intensive OpenGL benchmark that uses fur rendering algorithms to measure the performance of the graphics card. Fur rendering is especially adapted to overheat the GPU and that’s why FurMark is also a perfect stability and stress test tool for the graphics card.
Furmark v1.8.2 was run as a performance benchmark with only Post FX enabled in addition to the fur rendering, which run in full screen mode, with 0x MSAA over a three minute period. Furmark was run on 1920×1080 and 1440×900 resolutions due to me being limited to a 19″ monitor and 46″ HDTV and run at native resolutions. As the fur rendering rotates, the frame rate stabilizes very quickly as the rendering does not make full rotations as it does in earlier versions.
Another close result where the ECS GTX 460 is edged out by the mixfire setup, and almost 60% higher than the HD 5770. I was really expecting the GTX 460 to win this one as NVIDIA GPUs commonly outperform AMD in OpenGL testing, which leads me to believe the Fermi architecture is not geared toward OpenGL as much as the GT 200 and G92 lines were.