Futuremark released 3DMark Vantage, on April 28, 2008. It is a benchmark based upon DirectX 10, and therefore will only run under Windows Vista (Service Pack 1 is stated as a requirement) and Windows 7. This is the first edition where the feature-restricted, free of charge version could not be used any number of times. 1280×1024 resolution was used with performance settings.
3DMark Vantage scores fall in line with what we would expect from the card in HD6950 mode, although in HD6970 mode it scores a little less than a ‘fully fledged 6970’ due to the slower memory speeds.