In a nut shell here are the features used in the 3D Graphics engine, CPU and feature test (courtesy FM Whitepaper):
3D Graphics engine
High Dynamic Range
Surface shading and shader composition
Variance Shadow Maps and PCF-filtered cascaded shadow maps.
Lens flare (ghosting)
Film grain noise
Tone-mapping w/ gamma correction and vignette
GPU physics simulations
Particle system rendering
Graphics, CPU & Feature tests There are two graphics tests in 3DMark Vantage: Jane Nash (Graphics Test 1) and Calico (Graphics Test 2). The tests use the same rendering engine, and share many features. Each test also has its own emphasis on specific techniques.
Test 1 - The Jane Nash test scene represents a large indoor game scene with complex character rigs, physical GPU simulations, multiple dynamic lights, and complex surface lighting models. It uses several hierarchical rendering steps, including for water reflection and refraction, and physics simulation collision map rendering.
Test 2- The Calico test scene represents a vast space scene with lots of moving but rigid objects and special content like the planet and asteroid belt.
AI Test (CPU Test 1) The world of the AI test consists of a canyon that contains an airplane race course. The race course winds through several gates that the planes must navigate in order. The air is crowded with planes competing for advantageous routes.
Physics Test (CPU Test 2) The physics test utilizes the AGEIA PhysX library to simulate a complex game world with large amounts of physical content. The PhysX library also allows for an AGEIA physics accelerator (physics processing unit, PPU) to be used, if one is installed.
Feature Tests There are six feature tests in 3DMark Vantage. The feature tests are available in the Advanced and Professional versions. Texture fill rate test, Color fill rate test, POM Shader test, Cloth simulation test, Particle simulation test, Shader math test.
3DMark Vantage - A User Guide A small review of 3DMark Vantage. 3DMark Vantage is a gamers benchmark for the DX10 platform. Its primary purpose is to help gamers evaluate their system performance for gaming use, and through online services relate the tested system to other available hardware. This should provide true value to gamers by enabling them to make better purchasing decisions, and to compete against each other in system performance.