|MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 11 November 2010|
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DX10: 3DMark Vantage
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.
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. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1920x1080 and 1680x1050 resolutions, and uses high quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. These settings allow for the GPUs in the test to be stressed sufficiently.
Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1920x1080)
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 1920x1080 and 1680x1050 resolutions, and uses high quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows.
Cost Analysis: New Calico (1920x1080)
Test Summary: The 3DMark Vantage tests thoroughly stress even the strongest GPUs, as can be witnessed by the less than stellar 19.37 FPS in the Jane Nash test achieved by our strongest GPU in the testbed, the GTX 285. The two GPU tests in the 3DMark Vantage suite seem torn when it comes to deciding a winner between the similarly priced Radeon HD 5770 and the MSI N450GTS Cyclone. In the Jane Nash test, the Radeon HD 5770 ekes out slight gains over the MSI N450GTS Cyclone, but in amounts of less than 1 FPS. Still, at these low frames, the Radeon is more than 4% faster than the GTS 450, putting it outside of the margin of error. In the Calico tests, the MSI N450GTS Cyclone outperforms the Radeon HD 5770 by nearly 14% at 1920x1080. Through the 3DMark Vantage tests, it's difficult to decide a winner, but the slightly lower price of the MSI N450GTS Cyclone and its performance in the more challenging Calico test give it a better cost per FPS ratio.