|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 tabled turned in favor of the 7900 GT using 3DMark06. Here, the X1900 GT actually trails the 7900 GT by 399 points.
The Shader Model 2.0 and 3.0 scores, show a clear advantage for NVIDIA's camp, and the differences here account for the entire point spread in the overall score. The 7900GT easily handles the X1900 GT in these tests.