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
It looks like the extra speed and cache don’t do much for Merom in the graphics intensive 3DMark06 benchmark, but the overall socre did increase nearly 100 points and the CPU score jumped up 219 points, which is a 12% performance increase on the CPU.
A closer look the two CPU tests in 3DMark06 show that the T7600 takes the lead by a hair, but that’s good enough for the 12% gain seen in the overall CPU score.