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About 3DMark06 Professional
3DMark®06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today. Futuremark's exclusive Online ResultBrowser web service tracks and compares 3DMark06 scores.
Key 3DMark06 Advanced and Professional Features
- DirectX® 9 3D game performance benchmark
- Includes separate graphics card and CPU tests
- Produces workloads that simulate next generation 3D gaming requirements
- Advanced 3D game engine supports HDR Rendering with SM3.0 Shaders, in addition to SM2.0 Shaders
- Includes two HDR/SM3.0 game tests and two SM2.0 game tests
- CPU performance testing via AI and physics workloads for both single core systems and multi-threaded, multi-core and multiple processor environments
- 3D graphics feature tests include Fill Rate, Pixel Shader, Vertex Shader, SM3.0 tests, and Batch Size tests
From: Developer's Page
As time progresses, we usually regard Futuremark's 3DMark benchmarking application as more and more CPU and RAM dependent. The reason behind this assertion is that the increase of CPU processing power becomes more prominent over the graphic subsystem with yesteryear's graphic benchmarks, thus becoming relatively less dependent (And reducing the bottleneck) on modern day video cards for performance score. For these reasons, we typically use 3DMark06 Professional rather than 3DMark Vantage as our standard in our battery of CPU and RAM tests. As you can see in our results plotted above, the Asus P7P55D-E Premium came in a few points ahead of the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6, just like it was in the EVEREST CPU and FPU set of benchmarks. Again, the differences are not significant, but they serve as a good reference based on its benchmark score trend.