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.
Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage showed that the AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB video card with 11.1a hotfix drivers does really well in 3DMark Vantage. In fact, we were shocked to see it beating out the AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB with 10.11 drivers so badly. It looks like we are needing to go back through and re-test all of the AMD video cards, but at nearly 8 hours a card that would take weeks and we just don’t have time for that right now. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti does very well in 3DMark Vantage and was at roughly the same performance level as a GeForce GTX 480 that was the flagship NVIDIA graphics card from the first half of 2010.