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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