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.
For our 3DMark06 results, I decided to mush it all together so we could see how all the tested cards stack up to each other in all of these synthetic tests.
Starting with the overall performance results, the HD 3870 comes in at 10,246 and is just behind the results of the new NV 8800 GT card. The HD 3850 does a great job though and the results really speak to how much it dominated both the HD 2600 XT and the 8600 GTS cards in our game testing as well.
The rest of the synthetic tests show some interesting results, the first of which is the similarities between the HD 2900 XT and the HD 3870 results. In a couple cases, like in our Vertex shader test and one of the SM3.0 tests, the two cards perform nearly the same. However, the pixel shader and complex vertex shader give a big edge to the new, refined RV670. The SPs on the NV 8800 GT do seem to give it a strong edge in the pixel shader performance though the vertex shader results are largely the same as the HD 3870’s.