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 serious performance suite, which punishes cards that do not fully support HDR/SM3.0 or SM2.0, and really puts video hardware to the 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 Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB posts a very impressive single-texture fillrate score, falling behind only the Radeon HD 2900 XT, but due to its differing architecture, cannot duplicate the feat in the multi-texture test.
3DMark06 Advanced Vertex and Pixel Shader Performance
The 3DMark06 Advanced Pixel and Vertex Shader benchmark is an area where the advanced SM4.0 architecture of the Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB can really pay off. It hits second on the Vertex Shader list, just behind the Radeon HD 2900 XT, while outpacing the ATI field in the Pixel Shader benchmark - yet not matching the GeForce 8800 GT and GTS 512MB cards.
3DMark06 Advanced SM2.0 & SM3.0/HDR Performance
The Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB demonstrates very good performance in the SM2.0 & SM3.0/HDR benchmarks, staying close to the Radeon HD 2900 XT at the SM2.0 test, and outperforming the GeForce 8800 GT in the HDR/SM3.0 benchmark.
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 Shader Particles test has the Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB in third spot, ahead of the GeForce 8800 GT, while it moves up to second place in the Perlin Noise benchmark.
* Please note that the ATI Radeon X1000 cards cannot complete the Shader particles testing and are given an "n/a" rating.