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.
We compare against Kitguru’s main GPU test system, comprising a Core i7 970 clocked to 4.6ghz (full system listed on Testing Methodology page).
3DMark Vantage doesn’t utilise the two processors either, and we can see that the overclocked Core i7 970 from the last generation delivers better gaming results, scoring 36,667 points compared to 32,051 from the Asus Z9 PE-D8 WS system. Still, these are good results.