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 still represents a serious performance suite, punishing 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 section 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 PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB posts the top scores in each test, outperforming the Radeon HD 2900 XT in the single-texture test, while totally annihilating the competition in the multi-texture benchmark.
3DMark06 Advanced Vertex and Pixel Shader Performance
The 3DMark06 Advanced Pixel and Vertex Shader benchmark is another area where the dual-GPU architecture of the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB can really pay off. The Vertex Shader test has it in first place, but the Pixel Shader benchmark is on another plane - almost reaching 1K.
3DMark06 Advanced SM2.0 & SM3.0/HDR Performance
The PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB again demonstrates excellent performance in the SM2.0 & SM3.0/HDR benchmarks, taking the top spot in both.
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. We see a strange bit here, as the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 smokes the competition at the Perlin Noise test, but falls back in the Shader Particles benchmark.
* Please note that the ATI Radeon X1000 cards cannot complete the Shader particles testing and are given an "n/a" rating.