|XFX Radeon HD5770 Video Card HD-577A-ZN|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Tuesday, 27 October 2009|
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3DMark Vantage Benchmark Results
3DMark Vantage is a computer benchmark by Futuremark (formerly named Mad Onion) to determine the DirectX 10 performance of 3D game performance with graphics cards. A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system's 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.
There are two graphics tests in 3DMark Vantage: Jane Nash (Graphics Test 1) and New Calico (Graphics Test 2). The Jane Nash test scene represents a large indoor game scene with complex character rigs, physical GPU simulations, multiple dynamic lights, and complex surface lighting models. It uses several hierarchical rendering steps, including for water reflection and refraction, and physics simulation collision map rendering. The New Calico test scene represents a vast space scene with lots of moving but rigid objects and special content like a huge planet and a dense asteroid belt.
At Benchmark Reviews, we believe that synthetic benchmark tools are just as valuable as video games, but only so long as you're comparing apples to apples. Since the same test is applied in the same controlled method with each test run, 3DMark is a reliable tool for comparing graphic cards against one-another.
1680x1050 is rapidly becoming the new 1280x1024. More and more widescreen are being sold with new systems or as upgrades to existing ones. Even in tough economic times, the tide cannot be turned back; screen resolution and size will continue to creep up. Using this resolution as a starting point, the maximum settings were applied to 3DMark Vantage include 8x Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, all quality levels at Extreme, and Post Processing Scale at 1:2.
No, you're not seeing double....well, actually you are seeing double. As in double HD5770 cards linked in CrossfireX; I thought that big yellow bar on the right would get your attention. Let's get this out of the way right now. Two HD5770 cards can beat up on just about any single-GPU solution out there. In every benchmark, there was no contest between the two HD5770 cards and the GTX285 card under test. You'll see. Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.
The two test scenes in 3DMark Vantage provide a varied and modern set of challenges for the video cards and their subsystems, as described above. The results always produced higher frame rates for GT1 and so far, I haven't seen any curveball results like I used to see with 3DMark06. The XFX Radeon HD5770 finally comes to grips with the GTX260 card in both GT1 and GT2 when it's overclocked. In both test cases, the HD5770 easily beats the HD5750; there's no pretending that it's close, the extra stream processors in the HD5770 really do make a difference. The GTX275 and GTX285 pull away from the middle of the pack, as they should for the price difference. Twinned HD5770s take the prize home, though.
At a higher screen resolution of 1920x1200, the story changes a bit, as the overclocked HD5770 pulls out a small lead on the GTX260 in both tests. The 128-bit memory bus doesn't seem to hurt the card with higher resolutions. The HD5750 falls well behind in this company, as you might expect. It's worth keeping it in the testing mix, just to retain a sense of perspective. We need to look at actual gaming performance to verify these results, so let's take a look in the next section, at how these cards stack up in the standard bearer for gaming benchmarks, Crysis.