Futuremark’s 3DMark06 has a built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that’s useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU’s performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.
Benchmark Results: The 3DMark 2006 CPU test showed that the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 was overall faster than the Q6600, but the CPU test showed that the Q6600 had more CPU power. Remember that the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 has 8MB of cache and the Q8200 has just 4MB!