Futuremark has overhauled “The Gamers’ Benchmark” with the introduction of 3DMark 06. The benchmark includes improved Shader Model 2 tests, new CPU tests and HDR Shader Model 3 tests for system-wide gaming performance measurement. Final scores are now impacted very directly by the CPU used so we are including the Shader Model 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0 results as this will tell us just how well our video card performs in this benchmark.
These results are little surprising as we’ve seen the X1800 GTO ahead of the 7600GT in most every test. SM 3.0 results are very interesting in comparing to Serious Sam 2 where the 7600GT was well behind in the HDR tests. Obviously there is more to SM 3.0 than HDR but these results don’t match very well with what we’ve seen.