3DMark06 includes an array of 3D graphics, CPU and 3D feature tests for overall performance measurement of current and future PC gaming systems. With this broader design approach, 3DMark06 has become the benchmark of choice for all PCs with top-of-the-line graphics hardware and CPUs. 3DMark06 is the first product from Futuremark using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library in two very complex, game-like threaded CPU tests conceived to measure properly performances of single processor, multi-core and multiple processor systems in next generation of games. In addition to using real-time physics, both CPU tests also employ multi-threaded artificial intelligence algorithms. By combining the results of the two CPU tests and four graphics tests, 3DMark06 enables users to get a 3DMark score which reflects the overall gaming performance of their PC.
The overall score on Futuremark 3DMark 2006 didn’t increase that much, but the QX6850 and E6750 made short work of the QX6700 and E6700 and passed up their older counter-parts.
While the overall score from the test didn’t show a significant difference, the CPU test showed that the pair of Intel Xeon 5365 processors kicked some serious ass even though they slightly lost the overall 3dmark test. The AMD FX-62 processor that was just launched a year ago on May 23, 2006 for $1031 can only score a third of what a pair of these Xeon processors can do. The Intel QX6850 scored an impressive 4763 points on the CPU test, which is the highest we have ever seen from a single processor platform. The Intel E6750 scored 50 points more than the E6700 thanks to the additional FSB.