Results: 3D Mark Vantage and Unigine Tropics 1.33D Mark Vantage
To test out the DX10.1 portions of these chips, I did in fact use Vantage. The “Entry” preset was used for this benchmark, which cuts down a lot of the quality settings and disables things like GPU Cloth in individual tests.
In another seeming coup, the VN1000 performs better than the 880G in the graphics tests. It even competes well against the higher clocked 890GX. Again, it is the CPU performance where we see the Nano DC fall behind. It can be argued that VIA likely tuned performance of these drivers for these standard benchmarks, but the results are still impressive.
Unigine Tropics 1.3
This benchmark supports DX 10.1 and DX 11 rendering, but it was obviously run in DX 10.1 mode for these configurations. Tropics has been around for some time, but it is not a widely used benchmark these days. So I figured that perhaps the VIA folks may have ignored it in the face of other more mainstream benchmarks and games. The resolution is 800 x 600, DX 10.1 mode, high shader effects, 0x AA and 4x AF.
The VN1000 is a full fps faster than the 880G, but cannot match the faster clocked 890GX. In running this benchmark I noticed no visual defects with the VIA setup.