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.
Performance settings were used, so a 1280×1024 resolution was used.
Benchmark Results: Firing up FutureMark 3DMark 11 gives us a good indication of the DirectX 10 performance of out motherboards, more specifically the performance difference between the AMD APU and the Intel HD Graphics 3000 on our Intel 2500K. During the Entry level preset there is only 98 points separating the various AMD APU systems. When looking at scores of more the 15500 3DMarks, that’s a variance of only .6%. If we compare it to the Intel “Sandy Bridge” bridge system, there really isn’t much of a competition. Our GIGABYTE A75-UD4H had an average score across three runs of E15690 while the Intel “Sandy Bridge” pulled off an average of only E10106 3DMarks. The A75-UD4H score was 55% faster than the Intel system. Increasing the system load with the Performance preset, we did start to see some differences between the AMD systems. Unfortunately the GIGABYTE A75-UD4H fell to the bottom of the charts with a score of 4021 3DMarks on the performance runs. Good news is that the GIGABYTE APU system was 118% faster than the Intel HD Graphics 3000 on our 2500K!