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Futuremark's 'Vantage'

No More Free Versions!

The bad news is about 3Dmark’s versions. Exit the free version - the Basic version, still very limited (only one preset, "Performance," is available) costs $7, although you can run it once for free (so make sure you’ve installed the latest drivers first!). An "Advanced" version priced at $20 lets you access all the settings; the Professional version ($500) gives you access to the advanced rendering settings, a commercial-use license and tech support.

This new pricing policy is surprising, and seems fairly dangerous for Futuremark (popular support for 3DMark from users is still indispensable to their image). The company explains, touchingly, that creating a new benchmark for Windows Vista generated an additional workload that required them to hire new programmers, boost maintenance for the Website and add new analysis tools. We should mention that not only do users pay for 3DMark, but so do all component makers who don’t want to look ridiculous when the new version comes out (in fact, they’re all members of the program).

The bottom line is that there isn’t much that’s really new in this new version of 3DMark, which looks very much like the previous versions, but with additional limitations (no free version and a single overall score, and the addition of the Presets, which will probably make comparisons more difficult). So we don’t see any more reason than we ever had to include it in our graphics-card test series, given its fundamentally artificial nature.

  • honestjohn
    Why should I pay good money tobe shown that my close to state of the art overpriced hardware sucks.
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  • clay12340
    Because chicks love it when you post the high numbers from your overclocked machine in forums.

    I think they might have underestimated how cheap a lot of the PC community is. $20 for a utility to get some arbitrary number seems a bit high to me.
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  • bourgeoisdude
    What an incredibly stupid move. In the long run futuremark will make less money because, as Florian says, popular support for this product is indispensable. Now that Tom's is shooting it down, it has already lost a significant amount of share. This product has been all about hype, and there seems to be little hype for it this time around. I'm certainly not paying for what appears to be more of the same. With two years instead of just one, and DirectX 10 instead of DirectX 9, I would have expected something better.
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  • bpogdowz
    When I tried to get my results I get this fatal error: http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/6963/captureir4.png
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  • hannibal
    Well this is the first and only pure DX10 title you can test on. Every other (real games) use DX9 engine with DX10 makeup. (Ofcourse, because it would be economical suisade to make only DX10 game at this moment (too few Vistas out there))

    So is you want to know if you graphic card is any good in DX10 environment, this is the only test you can use. What it's good for... Well not much at this moment, because it will take years untill we will see pure DX10 game engines, because the DX9 support is too important to the game makers!
    But one day those DX10 games will come out, so until then this is the one and only test that you can use to test yours gpu's DX10 power...
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  • caskachan
    duuuuuuuuuur huuuuuuuuur lets use sintetic benchamrks instead of real world game tests


    seriously i am happy tomshardware wont be using 3dmarks newest applet anymore =D
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  • wingless
    Its amazing what some Hotfix drivers can do. 477% on a useless test is still pretty impressive. Imagine what ATI and Nvidia could do with their present day lineup if they took the time to optimize the drivers for each game. I mean REALLY optimize the drivers. Nvidia should be much better at this since they've had so long to optimize for the G80. ATI should probably spend more time optimizing than trying to get a new driver out each month. Their drivers sometimes degrade performance.

    As far as 3DMark Vantage goes, its useless in the real world. We should have Unreal 3 powered benchmarks since so many games actually use that game engine.
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  • If 3Dmark Vantage is anything like PCMark Vantage, stay away. It's the most aggravating, stupidest program I've ever used. I wasted $20 on this piece of crap. To view your results you are directed to a web site that has literaly hundreds of pop-up adds all mixed in with your results. Realy, realy stupid
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  • arius
    I can run free TRIAL VERSION asm many as I want - just click UPGRADE LATER and RUN !
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  • thomasxstewart
    with fire GL v. it won't work, although most OTHER test do work, not vantage.

    Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.
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