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3DMark06 is out and PC Perspective gives the benchmark a once over

PC Perspective has posted their overview of FutureMark's 3DMark06 benchmarking application. The new benchmarks places more of an emphasis on CPU performance with both the CPU and GPU providing a basis for the final 3DMark score. 

Interestingly enough, three of the graphics tests are carryovers from 3DMark05. Return to Proxycon, FireFly Forrest and Canyon Flight all return with updated shaders, artwork and shadow techniques. There are also some new graphical tests which stress SM3 and HDR.

While 3DMark06 will be a great benchmark to see how your system can handle the pressure, we all know what this means -- yet another fresh round of ATI vs NVIDIA smack talk from gamers around the web:

Our SM3.0-based test results are very similar to what we saw on the previous page, with the 7800 GTX 512 having a significant lead.  The X1800 XT and the 7800 GTX have pretty much pulled neck and neck with a very small lead going to the NVIDIA card.  The X1800 XL and X1600 XT still can't quite compete with NVIDIA's competing 7800 GT and 6800 GS cards.

For those of you who can't wait to try it out, you can download 3DMark06 right here.

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About time
By Lifted on 1/18/2006 10:31:09 AM , Rating: 3

I was getting worried with it already being the 18th of January and all.

RE: About time
By Souka on 1/18/2006 11:44:32 AM , Rating: 2
Site is slammed....

RE: Torrent
By Souka on 1/18/2006 12:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
site is still slammmed, but I did a search and got it from another place...took 16min to download the 600mb file.

If anyone has a site they want it posted to, just let me know via PM and I'll upload it.... my T3 is wide open :)

Each year?
By theslug on 1/18/2006 11:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
I thought they only released this every other year, which is why there was no 02 or 04. On the other hand, I guess this would make sense it's basically enhanced versions of the demos in 05.

RE: Each year?
By Nocturnal on 1/18/2006 12:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
Site is currently getting hammered.

RE: Each year?
By Nocturnal on 1/18/2006 12:06:28 PM , Rating: 3
Sorry, unable to edit but now we can say it's having the DT effect!

RE: Each year?
By at80eighty on 1/19/2006 12:38:35 AM , Rating: 2
i'd like to believe it - but there are hordes of other nerds who know of this too y'know :-)

By AndreasM on 1/18/2006 10:32:47 AM , Rating: 2
This release reminds me of 3DMark2001 SE, and is probably meant as a refresh of 05. With Longhorn and DirectX 10 coming this year, I think we can expect a 3DMark07.

By AnnihilatorX on 1/18/2006 10:35:32 AM , Rating: 2

Isn't Longhorn renamed to Vista already?

By AndreasM on 1/18/2006 11:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
I think so. But Longhorn sounds less awful. :)

By kalaap on 1/18/2006 3:18:53 PM , Rating: 2
longhorn is the server os; vista is the client os

also available p2p
By marvdmartian on 1/19/2006 11:40:47 AM , Rating: 2
I know I don't have to tell you guys, but in case anyone else is having trouble getting this download, you might want to check out getting it over your favorite p2p network.

I tried a couple different times last night, and with slow downloads (actually had one place that was giving me a whopping 3.4Kb/sec!!), and dumped downloads (died at 78%), it can get a bit frustrating.

I dropped it on my p2p program, and it's sitting at 90% complete, with about an hour to completion. :)

By stephenbrooks on 1/19/2006 3:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
My computer scores about one third on this than it did on 3DMark05 (1418 vs. 4000-something). So a long way to go to get to 10k this time I guess...

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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