Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage, 3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage

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With the XPS M1730 being the first notebook to be tested with PCMark Vantage, the flagship Dell system is setting the bar for all upcoming mobile reviews. Taking a glimpse at FutureMark’s Online Result Browser, we see that this mobile system dominates the mobile category and even trades blows with enthusiast desktop systems. It is somewhat surprising to see a lack of any positive impact in the gaming section of this benchmark when we enable SLI. We’ve contacted NVIDIA on this matter and confirmed there is no SLI profile for this application. However, the focus of this benchmark is clearly on overall system performance. Thankfully, 3DMark Vantage is supported by an SLI profile and is a clear indicator of how gaming performance will benefit from a second GPU.


The Futuremark 3DMark06 benchmark was released many moons ago and has become a popular test for GPU benchmarks and CPUs as well.  You can see my full overview of the new benchmark, what it has to offer over the 2005 version and some other initial scores from my previous article. 

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Unfortunately, the relevance of 3DMark06 as a useful benchmark is beginning to dwindle as the low 1280×1024 default resolution is not especially challenging for the latest crop of high-end GPUs. Regardless, we are still able to witness a healthy increase in performance when SLI is enabled. Without a doubt, seeing more than 12,500 points on a notebook is impressive.

3DMark Vantage

Late last month, Futuremark released 3DMark Vantage and humbled users with an incredibly taxing new benchmark that stressed even the fastest systems. For more information on the latest iteration of 3DMark, you can reference our benchmark preview article.

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As was the case with PCMark Vantage, this is the first time we’re using 3DMark Vantage in a mobile review. As a result, we’re left utilizing Futuremark’s Online Result Browser to compare with other systems. Across the three top settings, the system performs incredibly well. In every case, we see stellar SLI scaling with the minimum case being roughly 70%. This is even more impressive when we recognize the lack of a driver which is optimized for this benchmark. Ideally, we’ll see even higher performance and scaling when Dell and NVIDIA decide to grace us with a current driver.

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