3DMark 06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking and the latest version in the popular 3DMark series! 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, advanced SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.
Legit Reviews is in the middle of updating our test systems to the latest drivers and is now testing all the cards at resolutions of 1920×1200 and 1280×1024. We just finished all the ATI Radeon 3000 series graphics cards on 8.1 CATALYST Drivers, but haven’t yet completed all the NVIDIA graphics cards. For this reason we split up the test results and we hope you understand why as we are in a transition period and have over 20 video cards to re-test, which takes a long time as we run each benchmark three times and average the results.
Legit Reviews is in the middle of updating our test system to the latest NVIDIA video card drivers, but for now are using Forceware 169.06. This will be the last time these NVIDIA numbers will be used.
Benchmark Results: The results from 3DMark06 are similiar to what we have already seen. The X2 card barely squeeks over the top of the 3870 Crossfire setup in the total score for this benchmark. When you look at the SM2 and SM3 scores, the 3870 X2 AND THE 3870 Crossfire setups are very very close with each taking the performance lead in one. When compared to the Nvidia cards, the 3870 X2 just stomped the 8800 Ultra into the ground by scoring nearly 2000 more points in the overall score.