3DMark Vantage updated, Basic Edition now free

FuturemarkFuturemark has updated their popular if slightly outdated benchmarking suite, 3DMark Vantage. The DX10-based Vantage has been widely used since its release back in April of 2008. Now the company has given the program a few updates. But most importantly they have made the Basic Edition free to download without any limitations on benchmark runs.

Previously the Basic Edition would set you back $7 but with the release of the much more relevant 3DMark 11, you can now snag Vantage for free. If you’ve already purchased the Basic Edition Futuremark allows an upgrade to the Advanced Edition for a mere $5.

So what has been updated in 3DMark Vantage? Version 1.1.0 adds display scaling to all its presets, designed to allow better compatability with higher resolution monitors. The SystemInfo tool has been updated to version 4.0 and GPU physics acceleration is now disabled during CPU tests.

Head on over to Futuremark if you care to try it out.

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