Futuremark 3D Mark
The 3D Mark benchmark applications are one of the first stress tests for any incoming review sample. Futuremark's software may not be representative of gaming performance; you do get an idea on what we can expect from a new set of video cards. Besides, a 3D Mark test session requires only 2 clicks and after approx. 10 minutes you get a score which should indicate the speed of your pc configuration. Do keep in mind that 3D Mark tests the entire hardware setup; results do not always reflect the power of the graphics card alone.
The new GTX goes for first place, but the gap is to be considered small, the 2006 GTX had lots more performance gain to show off compared with the G80 GTS.
In 3D Mark 2006 there is no difference. The 9800GTX takes first spot, but with less than 4% extra performance it is far from showing impressive performance. Most likely we can expect same kind of game experience, unless off course the CPU is holding back this card... As 3D Mark is far from a realistic test environment, let's head on to our five game tests which should give you a much better view at what to expect from the current video cards.