Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
To minimize the influence of the CPU on the 3DMark Vantage tests we select the Extreme profile that uses 1920x1200 resolution, 4x FSAA, and anisotropic filtering.
As opposed to 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage uses all the GPU resources available. That’s why the ATI Radeon HD 4850 is ahead of the other cards, including the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2. The only advantage of the latter card is that it has more rasterization subunits but they seldom play an important role in modern games. The Radeon HD 4870 enjoys an even bigger lead, being the first to score over 3,000 points.
Although the gaming tests of 3DMark Vantage are different, the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 win both of them, which indicates the lack of bottlenecks in ATI’s new architecture. It easily copes with the math1ematics-heavy first test as well as with the high texture-mapping load of the second test. The Radeon HD 4850 is 31% and 25% ahead of the GeForce 9800 GTX, respectively. The recently released overclocked version of Nvidia’s card, called GeForce 9800 GTX+, is unlikely to close this gap. And there is no talking about any competition with the Radeon HD 4870.