3DMark Vantage focuses on the two areas most critical to gaming performance: the CPU and the GPU. With the emergence of multi-package and multi-core configurations on both the CPU and GPU side, the performance scale of these areas has widened, and the visual and game-play effects made possible by these configurations are accordingly wide-ranging. This makes covering the entire spectrum of 3D gaming a difficult task. 3DMark Vantage solves this problem in three ways:
1. Isolate GPU and CPU performance benchmarking into separate tests, 2. Cover several visual and game-play effects and techniques in four different tests, and 3. Introduce visual quality presets to scale the graphics test load up through the highest-end hardware.
To this end, 3DMark Vantage has two GPU tests, each with a different emphasis on various visual techniques, and two CPU tests, which cover the two most common CPU-side tasks: Physics Simulation and AI. It also has four visual quality presets (Entry, Performance, High, and Extreme) available in the Advanced and Professional versions, which increase the graphics load successively for even more visual quality. Each preset will produce a separate, official 3DMark score, tagged with the preset in question.
Above, you can see 3DMark Vantage, this time the overall P score.
DX11: 3DMark 11
3DMark 11 is the latest version of what probably is the most popular graphics card benchmark series. Designed to measure your PCs gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.
Here's a first selection of 3DMark 11 as well, again over time accumulated data will build up. For 3DMark 11 we show the overall P score. It's a very GPU stringent title, yet multi-core processor do matter in the score alright.
And that's it for this performance update. We hope you enjoyed us crunching the numbers for you guys. Again, this article is basically a big performance chart, for the architecture, technology, specifications and conclusions we urge you to read our reference AMD FX 8350 review.