Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX
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.
When running the default benchmark, the GeForce 8800 GTX cards dominate the field. As expected, the Foxconn model scores nearly identical marks as the reference GeForce 8800 GTX as they share the same frequencies for both core and memory speeds. Only the factory overclocked XFX model is able to best the Foxconn card here with all other challengers being beaten by a significant margin.
As was the case with the default benchmark, we find the GeForce 8800 GTX proving to be an absolute monster in terms of performance. Here, the Foxconn card offers nearly a 1,000 point advantage over NVIDIA's previous dual-GPU flagship GeForce 7950GX2. Looking at ATI's fastest current offering, we find the Radeon X1950XTX more than 2,000 points behind NVIDIA's latest flagship GPU.
In the Shader Model 3.0 test, we see little changes within the ranking of the cards with the exception of the position of ATI's Radeon X1950XTX. Although no longer in last place, the ATI GPU still trails the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX by a healthy margin of over 2,100 points.