|Intel DH67BL H67-Express Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Sunday, 02 January 2011|
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3DMark Vantage Benchmark Tests
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.
Since 3DMark Vantage is tough for even high-end graphics solutions, we have kept things at the lowest level for the Graphics tests here. Using the common resolution of 1280x1024, the minimum settings were applied to 3DMark Vantage include no Anti-Aliasing, no Anisotropic Filtering, all quality levels at Entry Level, and Post Processing Scale at 1:2.
UPDATE: To clarify, all Post Processing effects were enabled during these tests. Entry Level Presets put the resolution at 1024x768, which isn't a realistic gaming resolution these days. Entry level presets were not used but all quality levels were set to Entry Level. When set to Entry Level Presets (three of the post processing effects disabled) and 1280x1024, the Intel HD Graphics achieved 17.84 FPS in the Nash test and 17.26 FPS in the New Calico test. The integers between the cards stayed about the same, with the GT430 reaching 33.36 FPS in the Nash test and 33.99 FPS in the New Calico test at Entry Level Presets.
The numbers in the charts below have changed slightly as well. When installing the drivers for the Intel HD Graphics, three programs will be installed and will want to startup with Windows. Since I normally disable all startup programs for testing in order to preserve resources for the hardware, I had those three programs disabled. When I allowed them to run in the background during the testing, the results were about 1 FPS higher for the 3DMark Vantage tests.
The Jane Nash test shows the Intel HD Graphics solution lagging far behind, with the Radeon HD4290 outperforming it by almost double. When adding an inexpensive discrete graphics card, the GT 430, the frame rates over the Intel HD Graphics are almost tripled.
The New Calico test shows a very similar story. Once again, the new generation of Intel HD Graphics has its performance nearly doubled by the now aging Radeon HD 4290, the onboard graphics solution of the AMD 890GX Chipset. Going one step further and adding a low-end discrete GPU will get you almost 3x the performance in our 3DMark Vantage test suite.