Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering).
The GeForce GTX 200 series show their best in this benchmark. The senior model is far ahead of the rest of the graphics cards, including the dual-processor GeForce 9800 GX2, while the junior model is just as confidently ahead of the Radeon HD 4870. Perhaps things will change for the better for ATI’s cards with driver updates, but Nvidia’s new solutions are unrivalled in 3DMark Vantage as yet.
The GeForce GTX 280 is on top in both gaming tests. The GeForce 9800 GX2 is very close to the leader in the second test, though. It is in the second test too that the GeForce GTX 260 is barely ahead of the Radeon HD 4870. Although the former card has more texture processors, ATI’s solution makes up for that with its higher clock rate. 3DMark Vantage doesn’t seem to make full use of the RV770’s computing capabilities and we can expect improved results with driver updates. But even without them, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is going to beat the GeForce GTX 280 in this benchmark.