3DMark06 Advanced Performance
3DMark06 Advanced is the latest version of 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 multi-core tailored CPU tests. The Feature tests have also been enhanced for the newest 3D support, and helps provide reliable measurements for game hardware of today and tomorrow. This is one very serious performance test, which punishes cards that do not fully support HDR/SM3.0 or SM2.0, and really puts video hardware to the next-generation test. In this review, we will be concentrating on the individual benchmark tests covering fill rate, vertex and pixel shading, SM2.0/SM3.0 results, and the individual Shader Particles and Perlin Noise SM3.0 tests.
3DMark06 Advanced Fill Rate Performance
The first part of our 3DMark06 Advanced testing utilizes the Feature Test portion of the benchmark (at the standard 1280x1024 resolution), and concentrates on the Fill Rate performance. This chart shows the cards ranked by Fill Rate performance, with the number displayed representing MTexels/second.
The Fill Rate benchmark tests might be a bit surprising, as the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB is forced to take a back seat to both the GeForce 7950 GT and 7900 GTX 512MB cards. This is not a real surprise, as this 3DMark06 test gets down to the internal architecture, where the "pipeline design" of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB is similar to these two GeForce 7 Series cards, but with a lower clock speed.
3DMark06 Advanced Vertex and Pixel Shader Performance
The 3DMark06 Advanced Pixel and Vertex Shader benchmark chart has the cards ranked by shader performance, with the number displayed representing MVertices/second. While the fillrate scores didn't show the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB in the best light, the 3DMark06 Advanced Pixel and Vertex Shader benchmarks are a very different story. The PNY card now holds all the cards, and displays a serious performance advantage in both cases.
3DMark06 Advanced SM2.0 & SM3.0/HDR Performance
The SM2.0 & SM3.0/HDR benchmark results are not even close, and the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB puts itself in a totally different league, easily posting the highest scores in both tests.
3DMark06 Advanced Shader Particles & Perlin Noise SM3.0 Performance
The final 3DMark section includes the Shader Particles and Perlin Noise benchmarks, which are both SM3.0 shader tests. The PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB remains the performance champ in this area, especially the insane gap in the Shader Particles testing, although the Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB takes a good run at in the Perlin Noise section.