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.
And finally in 3D Mark the 256MB card scores near 7% lower than the 512MB card. 3D Mark makes great use of large textures and really stresses memory fill rates so we see the results are exaggerated here.