Welcome to the most loved and hated benchmark on the planet, Futuremark’s 3DMark 06. This benchmark was launched back in January of 2006, so it’s tests are not exactly up to par with today’s graphic cards, but it’s still a decent way to gauge how today’s cards scale with each other. The next version of 3DMark, Vantage, will be a complete revamp of the benchmark we know today and will no doubt make our computers feel useless once it’s released.
According to 3DMark, our EN8800GT ranks third throughout both the 1280×1024 and 2560×1600 tests. Of course this doesn’t represent real gameplay, but it does scale similarly to what we saw on the previous pages with our manual gameplay results.
On the next page, I’ll take a brief look at power consumption and I’ll wrap up with my final thoughts.