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NADF Daryl Oct 15, 2012 @ 6:42pm
3DMark 11 or Vantage?
Which one is better for benchmarking? Is there a difference or is one a newer than the other?
Last edited by FM_kingkatt; Oct 22, 2012 @ 4:31am
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FM_kingkatt  [developer] Oct 16, 2012 @ 5:49am 
3DMark 11 is the latest version and is designed for testing PCs with DirectX 11 compatible hardware. 3DMark Vantage is for testing DirectX 10 hardware.
NADF Daryl Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:50pm 
Thank you
Volitile™ [BiohazeGaming] Dec 30, 2012 @ 6:38pm 
FM_KingKat, can 3DMark11 benchmark DX10 systems also? I've purchased both Vantage and 11 based on the info the app page told me, that they run exclusively to each card type.
NADF Daryl Dec 30, 2012 @ 8:21pm 
Have my new ram, ssd and crossfire card coming this week from the Boxing Day sales. Canèt wait to test my new scores.
FM_kingkatt  [developer] Jan 8, 2013 @ 1:57am 
Originally posted by Hyperstrike™ BiohazeGaming:
FM_KingKat, can 3DMark11 benchmark DX10 systems also? I've purchased both Vantage and 11 based on the info the app page told me, that they run exclusively to each card type.

Sorry for not replying sooner. You can run 3DMark Vantage on both DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 based systems, but you cannot run 3DMark 11 on DirectX 10 systems.

DirectX 10 hardware - use 3DMark Vantage
DirectX 11 hardware - use 3DMark 11 (ideally) or 3DMark Vantage

Hope that makes sense?
Volitile™ [BiohazeGaming] Jan 18, 2013 @ 12:17am 
Yes it does. Thank you.
Nya` Feb 23, 2013 @ 9:51am 
As far as an overall synthetic benchmark is concerned I find Vantage to be an infinitely better solution, 3DMark 11 is primarily taking a score based upon GPU performance. I know it uses the CPU as well and that is calculated in but CPU state changes do not affect your score very much as it is mainly putting load on the GPU hardware.

Vantage however stresses the CPU and GPU very evenly which means that if you are doing overclocks and trying to attain a higher score you will see that reflected in the numbers. My CPU sits at 29,800 or so and my GPU's at 32,000, so you can see that if anything were to change I would be able to notice very clearly, if I dropped off my 4.4 ghz overclock my CPU score would probably drop by 5,000 or more.
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FM_Jarnis Feb 23, 2013 @ 11:19pm 
Well, not really. What you are seeing is that Vantage, being older and having a somewhat lighter load on the GPU, is starting to hit the CPU limitations of your system - hence overclocking the CPU has a larger influence on the scores than in 11.

new 3DMark has a set of three - first (Ice Storm) is pretty much all about CPU on high end desktops (it is designed for tablets), second (Cloud Gate) is somewhat comparable to what you are seeing with Vantage - CPU matters a lot there too while third (Fire Strike) is very GPU-heavy. Pick and choose the one you want :)
p4nzer_77 May 8, 2013 @ 5:51pm 
Vantage is a waste of money..
Volitile™ [BiohazeGaming] May 8, 2013 @ 8:42pm 
Originally posted by p4nzer_420:
Vantage is a waste of money..
I bought them when they were five dollars each. No loss.
Satyrion May 9, 2013 @ 11:46pm 
I bought all of em but i prefer 3dmark11 and firestrike
Frostie Aug 10, 2013 @ 3:07am 
I'm with Satyrion.
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