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 had hoped today that we could break the 40,000 barrier with these two cards running at Peformance settings. This may not sound significant to the record holders right now, but remember this is a system with modest cooling – we aren’t using LN2 here, just a Coolit Vantage.
We were extremely happy to beat our chosen goal of 40,000k in 3DMark Vantage – reaching the top couple of percent of users on Futuremark’s ORB with a final score of 42,171 or 43,100 directly via the graphics card. The compare result is available here if you wish to have a look directly.
This is the first time we have seen over 20,000 rendered frames in Graphics Test 2 – New Calico. We have included a video of this below. Skip to the last few seconds if you just want to see the final rendered frame result. The noise in the background is the system on the floor beside us, but more on this later.