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.
ATI leapfrogs the NVIDIA 7900GTX to take back the overall 3DMark06 crown. While it’s almost on the same level in SM 2.0 operations, the X1950XTX is running away in the SM 3.0 tests.