|Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Sunday, 27 February 2011|
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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.
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 tested this DirectX-10 scene at 1280x1024 and 1680x1050 resolutions using Entry quality settings and a 1:2 scale.
In the Jane Nash test Diamond's HD5570 performed about where expected. It pulled slightly more frames than the HD5550 and less than the 5670. Two of the most popular video cards are included as a reference for Nvidia users.
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 tested this DirectX-10 scene at 1280x1024 and 1680x1050 resolutions using Entry quality settings and a 1:2 scale. This combination provided the highest level of graphical demand possible for the lowest performance card in this test series.
When the number of objects gets large the HD5570 didn't seem to fare as well. I would have expected better performance due to the extra memory and faster clock rate, but for some reason (again possibly the driver) it performed under the HD5550. To be fair, the HD5550 I used was one handpicked by PowerColor for their PCS+ line. The clocks are set back to the ATI reference clocks. But that specific GPU performed like lightning matching the 5670 with an extra overclock. Both 5500 series card come from the same process, and it just may be that 5550 version fared better on the manufacturing variation.
The 3DMark Vantage results are typical of the remainder of the tests, but the differences between cards is much higher.