The new Futuremark 3DMark06 benchmark was released just last week and has already become a popular test for GPU benchmarks and CPUs as well. You can see my full overview of the new benchmark, what it has to offer over the 2005 version and some other initial scores from my previous article.
In both single and dual GPU configurations, the X1900 is able to just edge past the 7800 GTX 512 and dominates the previous R520 architecture by as much as 33%.
The 2006 pixel shader test again shows the advantage going to ATI as we would expect, but not with as high a gap as we might expect. In the vertex shader test we again see the odd CrossFire results with the simple shader test that isn’t able to scale at all. Fill rates also mimic what we saw previously, with the X1900 and X1800 being on par with each other but falling behind the 7800 GTX 512s scores.
The new SM3.0 feature tests would only run the Perlin Noise benchmark on the ATI cards, leaving NVIDIA with the sole results on the Shader Particles test. However, in the noise test, ATI clearly has the advantage as a single X1900 XTX is nearly on par with a pair of the 7800 GTX 512s.