The 3DMark overall score is calculated slightly differently for each preset, so we also ran 3DMark Vantage at Extreme settings as well. The higher presets give a higher weight to the GPU Score, which that the 3DMark Scores are not comparable across different Presets. Rather, they represent overall performance in a specific performance category defined by the Preset. For example, the Entry Preset scores represent performance at entry-level graphics load, and should not be compared with Performance, High or Extreme Preset scores. The sub-scores are comparable across presets, since they are calculated identically, regardless of the Preset. GPU Scores for the higher presets typically have lower values since the graphics load is significantly increased. CPU Scores are not affected by Presets, since the Preset rendering options only affect the graphics test.
The XFX GeForcxe 9800 GX2 graphics card seemed to do very well with 3DMark Vantage on the Extreme preset and had an overall 3DMark score of X2442.
The ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card actually performed better than the XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 at default Extreme settings.
It’s too early to see how big of an impact 3DMark Vantage will make when it comes to the gaming industry, but we plan to incorporate 3DMark Vantage into future articles here on Legit Reviews. Since ATI and NVIDIA are still working on drivers it also makes sense to wait and see how the video cards compare once the drivers are finalized.