Synthetic 3D Benchmarks:
These synthetic 3D benchmarks from Futuremark allow you to evaluate the expected performance of a system with different generation games. As each 3DMark uses different feature and quality settings, it allows you to get an idea of how a video card will perform in games. But be aware that since Futuremark takes DirectX guide lines to build their stress tests with all features available, performance can differ from real world games when those games don’t fully support/implement all DX features. So take these results with a grain of salt, and always compare them to our game benchmarks.
Let's start with the latest Futuremark benchmark: 3DMark06, equipped with the latest technology, this benchmark pushes the video cards to their limits.
As you can see, both Calibre and Galaxy card have a ~20% gain over a default 8600GT. The 190MHz memory boost of the Galaxy card doesn't add much, but it's something. When we crank the speeds of the Galaxy even higher, there's an even nice boost. Note that these numbers are highly affected by the limits of the E2160 CPU.
A similar situation when we test the video cards with the 3DMark05 benchmark: 190Mhz of extra memory doesn't really help that much, but once we overclock the Galaxy card even higher, we have a nice gain over the 630/810 clocked Sparkle Calibre.
Once again, the overclocked Galaxy 8600Ge leaves the other cards behind, scoring ~25% higher than a default 8600GT!
Although 3DMark01 and Aquamark3 are heavily influenced by the performance of the CPU and memory configuration, we still want to give you the full numbers.
Now let's find out what the cards are capable of in games ->