3DMark06 includes an array of 3D graphics, CPU and 3D feature tests for overall performance measurement of current and future PC gaming systems. With this broader design approach, 3DMark06 has become the benchmark of choice for all PCs with top-of-the-line graphics hardware and CPUs. 3DMark06 is the first product from Futuremark using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library in two very complex, game-like threaded CPU tests conceived to measure properly performances of single processor, multi-core and multiple processor systems in next generation of games. In addition to using real-time physics, both CPU tests also employ multi-threaded artificial intelligence algorithms. By combining the results of the two CPU tests and four graphics tests, 3DMark06 enables users to get a 3DMark score which reflects the overall gaming performance of their PC.
3DMark06 is threaded and the performance results directly show that. The CPU test is impressive with the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 scoring 1549 points more than the Intel X6800 processor and 1828 points more than the fastest AMD desktop processor on the market today. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ again bridges the gap and performs at roughly the same performance level as the Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 that is close to its price.