Futuremark has released its long-anticipated 3DMark Vantage benchmark, successor of the popular 3DMark06. It is DirectX 10-only and requires Windows Vista. It takes full advantage of multi-core CPUs and has intensive physics, AI, and graphics. The benchmark is designed to stress computers for years to come.
3DMark Vantage has the following system requirements:
- Dual-core processor with performance equivalent to Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz), AMD Athlon X2 6000+, or higher
- Fully DirectX 10-compliant graphics card
- Monitor with 1280×1024 resolution or higher
- Windows Vista with Service Pack 1
- 1GB hard drive space
- Amount of RAM required by Vista
The Basic edition of Vantage is $6.95, and the advanced is $19.95 for private users. There is a free version available, but it is limited to one test run only. The Basic edition is essentially like the free version of 3DMark06. The Advanced version adds custom testing options and access to all tests.