If for some reason you chose to skip over our latest Catalyst articles and the GTX 470, you may have missed that we have indeed upgraded our testbed with some hot new items including the new ASROCK X58 Extreme3 motherboard and Intel's new i7 980X CPU.
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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.
Performance under Vantage is very close between the GTX 470 and HD 5850. You can see that when we introduced the overclocked HD 5850 into the picture, a clear winner can be seen; in this case it's the HIS HD 5850 Turbo.