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.
The Sapphire HD6870 scores 15,722 points in 3DMark Vantage which is an impressive result, only 500 points behind the eVGA GTX460 FTW which is one of the fastest GTX460′s on the market at 850 core. For direct comparison the reference clocked GTX460 at 675/900 scores 13,071. The Sapphire HD6850 scores around 12,589 points putting it 500 points ahead of the GTX460 768mz.