|PowerColor PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 23 May 2011|
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DX10: 3DMark Vantage
Every few years, FutureMark updates their video card benchmark suites, but the older versions remain relevant for years after they've been superseded. 3DMark Vantage is a good example: it's an excellent test for DX10 support, and still can strain the burliest graphics cards with its two GPU-specific tests. Benchmark Reviews runs the Jane Nash and New Calico tests to stress our test cards. For this review I set the 3DMark Vantage settings to high quality, with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.
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. Let's look at the results:
The Radeon 5770 was a good card in its day (and still can be in a CrossFireX setup), but it's outclassed here. The 6950 stock results eclipse those of every other card here except the NVIDIA GTX570, which is 0.5 to 1.4 fps faster. Even then, the overclocked 6950 is the fastest card in both tests.
The New Calico test is more intensive, with a giant carrier spaceship sending a fleet of smaller bombers through a tumbling asteroid field with hundreds of spinning space rocks. The camera swoops among the asteroids as it follows the bombers through the field for a clear shot of the doomed planet below. Changing light sources and lens flares, as well as a fly-through of the carrier, add to the complexity of the test.
The GTX570 takes the win in the New Calico test, followed closely by the overclocked 6950, the GTX560, and the stock-clocked 6950. The 5770 and 6850 trail far behind.