3DMark06 Standard Test
On the next few pages, we'll focus on a few gaming specific benchmarks, starting with the rest of 3DMark06's modules.
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.
Here again, the Core i7 920 is at the top of the charts, with a score of 19,017 3DMarks. The processor and dual graphics cards contribute to this score, as would be expected, since real-world 3D game play is influenced by these two subsystem components.
As one should expect, both dual Radeon cards outperform the single Radeon card in this test. At the default resolution for the test, it is CPU bound, which helps to explain why the Dell system with a faster processor slightly outperformed our Velocity Micro Z55 Core i7 Gaming System.
Again, the Edge Z55 came in behind the Dell XPS system, but beat the dual-Radeon Quad-Crossfire system. To give another perspective on how the Velocity Micro Edge Z55 Core i7 system stacks up, we’ll look at a few real-world gaming tests next.