|Futuremark recently launched a brand-new version of their popular benchmark, 3DMark06. The new version of the benchmark is updated 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.|
The MSI NX7300GS gets a total score of 816 with Futuremark's latest benchmark. It got 315 points in to Shader Mark 2.0 test, and 281 points in the HDR/Shader Mark 3.0 test. Please note, we didn't receive a score for our on-board video test, however, as the chipset doesn't support the hardware requirements of this benchmark. This is an important point to consider, because many on-board solutions simply won't be able to run some applications, where the NX7300GS can.