The new Futuremark 3DMark06 benchmark was released just a few months ago 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.
The performance numbers from XFX’s 8600 cards are very good here and the SLI numbers improve in the areas we would expect and since these are synthetic numbers, the performance scaling is pretty high. While the 3DMark06 score only goes about 30% on each SLI configuration the fill rates and pixel shader tests show 80-95% increases in theoretical GPU performance. If only we could have seen those performance values translated into real world gaming results.