Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06 v1.1.0
|3DMark06 is the latest addition to the 3DMark franchise. This version differs from 3Dmark05 in a number of ways, and now includes not only Shader Model 2.0 tests, but Shader Model 3.0 and HDR tests as well. Some of the assets from 3DMark05 have been re-used, but the scenes are now rendered with much more geometric detail and the shader complexity is vastly increased as well. Max shader length in 3DMark05 was 96 instructions, while 3DMark06 ups the number of instructions to 512. 3DMark06 also employs much more lighting, and there is extensive use of soft shadows. With 3DMark06, Futuremark has also updated how the final score is tabulated. In this latest version of the benchmark, SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0 tests are weighted and the CPU score is factored into the final tally as well.|
With the "default" 3DMark06 test, the EAX1950CrossFire and GeForce 7900GTX tracked very closely, with the EAX1950CrossFire holding a lead of 56 points. SM 2.0 testing leaned in favor of the 7900GTX, as it led the EAX1950CrossFire by 154 points while SM 3.0 testing swung back in favor of the EAX1950CrossFire by 175 points. In all three tests the EAX1950Pro trailed the other two cards, predictably.