Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 3 X 2GB OCZ Technology PC-12800 DDR-3 8-8-8-24 (OCZ3G1600LV6GK)
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System: Windows 7 Public Beta (Build 7000), Windows Vista SP1 64-Bit
Drivers: ForceWare 182.06
With no changes made, there isn't much to say about our test system. We're using the latest 182.06 driver which was released just recently. We also decided to use what is to date the fastest single GPU graphics card, the GTX 285.
As mentioned, we have compared the graphics card's performance in both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Let's have a look at our Vantage test before we get stuck into some real world games.
Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/
3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.
3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
Our very first test is quite eye opening. While we see that the Extreme scores are very similar, under Performance it's interesting to see that Windows 7 is up by quite a considerable amount.