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Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06 v1.1.0

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.


As we shift our attention to gaming, the M2A-VM HDMI posted the highest score when testing with integrated graphics.  In this case, the 680G based model beat the nForce 430/6100 by 83 3DMarks.  Now this may not look like much, but that's a difference of nearly 36%, which is sizeable.  With discrete graphics installed, all four board's scores were similar, with the nForce 430 models having a slight edge over the 690G models.

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