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.
According to 3D Mark our XFX 7600 GS Xtreme Edition holds a slight advantage over the X1600 XT. The biggest advantage for the 7600 GS is in SM 2.0 operations while in SM 3.0 the X1600 XT has the lead, as we saw in FEAR and X3.