Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Reviewccokeman - April 28, 2008
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Futuremark has done it again. The company has effectively come out with a benchmark that makes some of the latest hardware feel oh so inadequate. The upside to this is that it is upgrade time, and this is just another reason to do so, if for nothing more than bragging rights. This time, I think Futuremark has come up with a better mousetrap, to coin a phrase. The preset feature allows all levels of players (enthusiasts, benchmarking gods) to step up and take a swing for the fences to see how well their systems perform. There is the entry level setting that should allow any of the $150 and up cards to run at the lowest settings while having the higher end presets to tax the big boys up top. This preset tiered structure provides four levels to get official scores rather than just one level as there has been in the past. This makes it appealing to not just the hardcore benching crowd since all scores count, but to the wider base as well. Is that enough to actually have a wider base pay for that privilege? Only time will tell if that is the case. With pricing for the non professional maxing out at $19.95, the $6.95 option may be the best for the non hardcore group as the professional pricing is just beyond the cost range for anyone but that level of use.
If you would like to try out 3dmark Vantage you can do so here.
- Provides a tough test
- Interesting benchmark
- Preset options
- Works with physics cards
- One time use for free version