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 i7 920, 940 and 965 are hands down the fastest Intel quad-core processors we have ever seen! The pair of 9775 quad-core processors were still the overall leaders, but they cost twice as much and require an expensive dual-socket motherboard.