Futuremark’s 3DMark06 has a built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that’s useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU’s performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.
Benchmark Results: The 3DMark 2006 CPU test showed just a 100 point difference between the Phenom II X2 550 processor and Athlon II X2 250 processor, but the performance gap grew to nearly 700 points in the overall test results.