FutureMark states that, "3DMark's score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system. 3DMark06 has been downloaded more than any other 3D benchmark and the ORB database now contains over 8.5 million 3DMark06 benchmark scores from around the world."
For our first dedicated gaming test, albeit a synthetic benchmark, we got pretty much what we expected from Llano; a strong DX9 GPU performance and reasonably strong CPU performance. We decided to mix in one Core i3-350M (2.26GHz dual-core) score for you here from our internal database. As you can see, 3DMark06 rates the 2.4GHz Llano A8-3500M right about on par with the Core i3, performance wise. In terms of total 3DMark score, the Llano-based systems overtake even the high-end Core i7-2820QM base notebook with integrated graphics, and even comes close to catching the discrete GeForce GT 525M and Core i5 combination.