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.
Scoring almost 44,000 points in 3dmark Vantage at performance settings is not an easy task, but three of the Sapphire HD6970’s in CFx managed to deliver some serious frame rate performance. These results aren’t as high as our testing with the X58 Pure Black Board and higher end Intel processor, but the 2600k still manages to deliver some great performance results.