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.
As we’ve seen all through our review here the X1900’s are simply dominating the single card results. The 7800GTX 512 is very close in the SM 2.0 tests but can’t match the raw shader power the X1900 line has for SM 3.0.