|Intel Core i7 CPU & DX58SO X58 Platform|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Miles Cheatham - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 03 November 2008|
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3DMark Vantage System Tests
3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card. We've been making 3DMark for over 10 years, with each new edition using the latest 3D technology to determine real-world performance.
A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system's 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.
3DMark is widely used by the PC industry, press and media as well as individual users and gamers, for comparing performance levels between whole systems or even specific components.
3DMark06 System Tests
3DMark is a computer benchmark by Futuremark (formerly named Mad Onion) to determine the DirectX 9 performance of 3D game performance with graphics cards. 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.
3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today. Some enthusiasts may note that Benchmark Reviews does not include CPU-bound tests in our benchmark battery, and that only graphic-bound tests are included.
We ran both of these tests even though they are primarily because they are very popular with enthusiasts and to see if raw, unadulterated CPU processing power does in fact play a role in graphics performance, all other factors being equal. As evidenced by the results, the overclocked X3350 actually surpasses the Intel Core i7-920 primarily because of its overclock. The X3350 is certainly outperformed by the two higher end Core i7 processors.