Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Review (Page 6 of 10)

Page 6 - Benchmark: 3DMark06

About 3DMark06

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

After all, we all game once in a while, right? Although CPU historically don't affect gaming performance too much, the latest graphics cards puts the CPU in quite a weird position -- a weak CPU is bottlenecking some super powerful GPU. In this case, while the E6600 is one heck of a processor by itself, the latest generation E7200 for the budget crowd is quite an interesting processing. As far as stock performance goes, the 3dMark06 CPU rating of the E7200 over the E6600 is 8%, while in the Overall and SM2.0 score are both roughly 5% in favor of the E7200. The lowest of all is the relatively graphics card dependent test of SM3.0/HDR, which translated to a small 2.7% difference; again in favor of the E7200.

Page Index
1. Introduction and Specifications
2. Intel E7200 Architecture; Test System
3. Benchmark: EVEREST CPU
4. Benchmark: EVEREST FPU
5. Benchmark: PCMark05
6. Benchmark: 3DMark06
7. Benchmark: Cinebench R10
8. Benchmark: SYSMark 2007
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M; Overclocking
10. Power Consumption and Conclusion