|GIGABYTE GeForce GT-240 HDMI Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 05 January 2010|
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3DMark Vantage GPU Tests
3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 graphics card performance. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage is the latest addition the 3DMark benchmark series built by FutureMark corporation. Although 3DMark Vantage requires NVIDIA PhysX to be installed for program operation, only the CPU/Physics test relies on this technology.
3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. Benchmark Reviews uses the two GPU-specific tests for grading video card performance: Jane Nash and New Calico. These tests isolate graphical performance, and remove processor dependence from the benchmark results. Let's see how the GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I performs...
3DMark Vantage GPU Test: Jane Nash
Of the two GPU tests 3DMark Vantage offers, the Jane Nash performance benchmark is slightly less demanding. In a short video scene the special agent escapes a secret lair by water, nearly losing her shirt in the process. For these cards, Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX 10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1280x1024 resolutions, and uses Entry quality settings with no anti-aliasing and 2x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows.
Here we see where advertising claims run into reality. The 9400GT is still in NVIDIA's product line and is touted as being able to "Realize more vibrant photos, smoother videos and more realistic gaming...", but neither this card nor the twice-as-fast 8600GT should be on any gamer's list. The GTS250 and HD4770 turn in reasonable scores, but remember the test settings are cranked way down. The GIGABYTE GT240 turns in a reasonable performance, with over 5 times the frame rate of the 9400GT.
3DMark Vantage GPU Test: New Calico
New Calico is the second GPU test in the 3DMark Vantage test suite. Of the two GPU tests, New Calico is the most demanding. In a short video scene featuring a galactic battleground, there is a massive display of busy objects across the screen. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX 10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1280x1024 resolutions for these cards, and uses Entry quality settings with no anti-aliasing and 2x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows.
The New Calico test pushes these cards even harder. The GIGABYTE GT240 maintains its lead over the 9400GT and 8600GT, turning in five times the frame rate of the former and more than twice the frame rate of the latter, but the frame rate is far too low for smooth video even at the lower resolution.