|HIS Radeon HD6870 IceQ-X Turbo-X Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 02 June 2011|
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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 1920x1080 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.
Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1680x1050)
Test Summary: In the charts and the cost analysis you will notice not one but three HIS HD6000 series cards, this is a clue of future articles to come but this review is focusing on the HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X. This also goes to dispel an old myth/misconception that someone new to buying video cards may encounter, the HIS HD6870 is the highest clocked video card of the trio but it still fails to match or outperform its bigger brother, the HD6950 (even at reference speeds). The point I am trying to address here is that a higher clock speed on a lower tier video card will not perform better than a lower clock on a higher tier video card. When buying a video card it is always best to do your homework.
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 1920x1080 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).
Cost Analysis: New Calico (1680x1050)
Test Summary: The tables have turned in the New Calico Vantage test, here the results show that the FERMI architecture is the more advanced. The performance scaling is as expected, the HIS HD6870 IceQ X Turbo X has a nice performance lead over its 6850 counterpart and offers better value when we analyse the cost per FPS results of the two cards. Even with its overclock the HIS HD6870 is unable to meet or match the performance of the HD6950 or the GTX 560Ti, instead performing in line with the GTX 460.