|Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P DDR2 P45 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 25 January 2009|
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3DMark06 Benchmark Results
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 HDR / Shader Model 3.0 graphics tests and Shader Model 2.0 graphics tests. These are both GPU-bound tests, and we may not see significant differences in this test, but it's worthwhile to note that these are the tests that most accurately reflect the needs of our readers. It would be easy to include the CPU-bound tests included in 3DMark06, but they would give a false sense of accomplishment that wouldn't be realized by most of our readers in their real world usage.
More visitors to Benchmark Reviews operate at 1280x1024 resolution than any other, as it represents the native resolution of 19" LCD monitors. Using this resolution as a starting point, the maximum settings were applied to 3dMark06 which for these tests include 8x Anti-Aliasing and 16x Anisotropic Filtering. Low-resolution testing allows the graphics processor to plateau maximum output performance, which thereby shifts demand onto the system components to keep up. At the lower resolutions 3DMark will reflect the GPU's top-end speed in the composite score, indicating full-throttle performance with little load. This makes for a less GPU-dependant test environment, and is helpful in measuring the maximum output performance in the test results.
The 3DMark05 results are very consistent across the test systems. All of the motherboard products tested produced nearly identical results. If you want to see variation for this benchmark, I suggest you go look at the video card articles here on Benchmark Reviews. It looks like the only time you will definitely see significant differences between motherboards with this test is if you compare apples to oranges, e.g. X48 to X58, or Intel to AMD.
Let's look at how the systems stack up on a more broad-based system test suite - PCMark05.