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 two Core 2 Duo chips also do very well for themselves in our 3dMark 2006 results, as they take the two top sopts in both the overall and CPU scores. A 300 point lead for the X6800 over the FX-62 in the overall benchmark test means that the top spots at the ORB will now be filled with Core 2 Duo results. We have been so used to seeing AMD take the lead in these tests, that is almost seems wrong to say that the best they can do with their FX-62 is third place among these 5 cpus being tested.