|AMD Radeon HD 6850 Barts Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 21 October 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 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. By maximizing the processing levels of this test, the scene creates the highest level of graphical demand possible and sorts the strong from the weak.
Jane Nash Extreme Quality Settings
Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1680x1050)
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 1920x1200 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. Using the highest graphics processing level available allows our test products to separate themselves and stand out (if possible).
New Calico Extreme Quality Settings
Cost Analysis: New Calico (1680x1050)
Test Summary: Based on the 3dMark Vantage Jane Nash and Calico performance tests, it appears the Radeon HD 6850 competes directly against the Radeon HD 5830 and 768MB GeForce GTX 460. As far as price to performance value, the Radeon HD 6850 beats the Radeon HD 5830 but fails to match value with a 768MB GeForce GTX 460. At 1680x1050 resolution with extreme quality settings, the Radeon HD 5770 produced 18.0 FPS in Jane Nash compared to 23.6 FPS with the Radeon HD 5830, while the Radeon HD 6850 produced 23.4 FPS. In New Calico the Radeon HD 5770 produced 13.6 FPS compared to 17.5 FPS with the Radeon HD 5830, while the Radeon HD 6850 produced 17.8 FPS. Compared with a similarly priced EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW video card ($260), there's a substantial performance lead over the Radeon HD 6850, as well as the Radeon HD 6870. Unfortunately for Radeon fans, 3dMark Vantage doesn't make a strong argument in favor of the Radeon HD 6850 based on these results.