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3DMark06 and Vantage CPU Tests

3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance.  Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering.  The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

 

We saw more of the same with 3DMark06's built-in CPU benchmark. Here, the Core i7 870 pull ahead of everything but i7 975 and the Core i5 750 lands somewhere in between the Core i7 920 and Core 2 Q9650, just behind the Phenom II X4 965.

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 is a multi-threaded test designed for comparing relative game physics processing performance between systems.  This test consists of a single scene that features an air race of sorts, with a complex configuration of gates. There are aircraft in the test that trail smoke and collide with various cloth and soft-body obstacles, each other, and the ground. The smoke spreads, and reacts to the planes as they pass through it as well and all of this is calculated on the host CPU. 

 

3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 tests basically the same story as 3DMark06, except for the fact that the Core i5 750 comes in behind the Core 2 Q9650 as well as the Phenom II in this test.


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