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3DMark06 and Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark06 is a hard-core, forward-looking 3D rending benchmark that pushes a system and its GPUs to the limits. The test includes Shader Model 2.0, Shader Model 3.0, and HDR tests. To push the system, scenes are rendered with very high geometric detail and shader complexity, and with extensive use of lighting and soft shadows. The maximum shader length 3DMark06 supports is 512 instructions. The 3DMark06 Overall Score is a weighted average based on the SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0, and CPU scores.

Although 3DMark06 is showing its age, it is still a useful gaming benchmark for those who have not made the jump to Vista. With an overall score of 20852, the Gamer Extreme 3000 scored 7.5% better than the X58 based Gamer Paladin F970.

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x1024

Both the Gamer Extreme and Gamer Paladin utilize NVIDIA's GTX 295. It comes as no surprise when they placed at the top of this comparison group, but we were amazed to see the Gamer Extreme score 21% better (21861 vs 17986) in Futuremark's latest 3D benchmark. Consider that iBuyPower's system utilizes a faster CPU (3.2 vs 2.8GHz), more system memory (12 vs 4GB), and an SSD drive. Lynnfied Turbo Mode FTW!

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