3DMark06 Advanced is the latest version in this popular 3DMark series of gaming benchmarks from Futuremark, and is the first to showcase new HDR/SM3.0 and SM2.0 graphics tests, as well as offering dual core tailored CPU tests. The Feature tests have also been enhanced for the newest 3D support, and to provide reliable measurements for game hardware of today, and tomorrow. This is one very serious game test, which punishes cards that do not support HDR/SM3.0 or SM2.0, and really puts video hardware to the next-generation test.
3DMark06 Advanced represents a mix of high-end performance and features testing, and the overall results place the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT exactly where we expected. The Biostar card sits right at the top of the performance spectrum, and posts the highest 3DMark06 Advanced score. The GeForce 7900 GT 256MB again proves itself as slightly faster than the GeForce 7800 GTX, slipping past by a nominal amount. There is also a nice separation between the various cards, and you're not going to confuse a mainstream card with a high-end one in this particular benchmark.
The second part of our 3DMark06 Advanced testing (at standard 1280x1024) utilizes the Feature Test portion of the benchmark, which concentrates on the Fill Rate and Vertex and Pixel Shader performance. The first chart shows the cards ranked by Fill Rate performance, with the number displayed representing MTexels/second, while the second chart has the cards ranked by Vertex and Pixel Shader performance, with the number displayed representing MVertices/second.
The Fill Rate benchmark tests naturally show the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT as the top performing card in our reference group, and the card manages to post noticeably higher scores than the GeForce 7800 GTX, in both the Single-Texture and Multi-Texture fill rate testing.
It's much the same story in 3DMark06 Advanced Pixel and Vertex Shader benchmark results (displayed as MVertices/second), with the exception of the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT falling slightly back of the Radeon X1800 XL in the Vertex Shader: Complex testing.