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Few questions about them.

  • Which one should I use?
  • Which is more accurite?
  • And whats the difference?
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Vantage is a DX10 testing suite (along with some CPU tests ... make sure to choose 'Disable PPU' in the options to get a proper score with an nV card that supports Hardware PhysX ... otherwise Vantage will use your graphics card to run the CPU tests, because those tests actually use the PhysX API in order to calculate your CPU's power ... this results in a 'false' overall score as you're not testing your CPU like you're supposed to).

3DMark11 is a DX11 testing suite, which also runs some CPU tests. In this case, the physX API isnt' used for the CPU tests so you won't have to disable PhysX to get a proper score.

Neither one is 'more accurate', nor is either 'right' or 'wrong' ... unless you don't have a DX11 capable card, in which case you can't run 3dMark11. They're just two different testing suites using different DirectX versions (Vantage is obviously older).

3dMark11 is much less CPU-bound in terms of weight in the overall score though, partly because Vantage can become a bit CPU-bottlenecked at the stock 'performance' preset that everyone runs. That's because GPU's have gotten a LOT faster since Vantage came out, so the test runs at a lot higher FPS than it was designed for originally ... in turn putting more stress on the CPU.

Overall if you have a DX11-capable card, testing w/3dMark11 makes more sense. It's also a lot quicker and hence less boring.
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Also how do I get 3DMark11 to use psyx
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3dmark11 doesn't use Physx, it uses Bullet Physx.
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So then I won't get over a high score cause of psyx. When it runs the 2psyx parts in get maximum of 15fps
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