These synthetic 3D benchmarks from Futuremark allow you to evaluate the expected performance of a system with different generations of games. As each 3DMark uses different features and quality settings, it allows you to get an idea of how your system will perform. 3DMark2001SE
3DMark2001SE has become more and more a system benchmark rather than a graphics card benchmark over the years. Nowadays, you can really see the difference in DDR2 and DDR3 memory setups, high and low FSB setups and so on.
An extra card add some extra performance, about 40.81%, however overclocking the SLI configuration has little to no effect on the performance level.3DMark03
3DMark03 is very GPU dependant, which comes down to: the more cores, the higher the score. SLI and CF performance increase is spectacular in this benchmark.
As expected an insane increase in performance in the 3DMark03 benchmark, as it's very GPU dependant: 69.93% faster than a single card solution.3DMark05
This product of the 3DMark series is again more CPU dependant than its predecessor, meaning that an overclocked CPU will have a big influence on the end score.
Quite a nice boost in 3DMark05 as well, performance went up by 59.03%.3DMark06
3DMark06 is known to stress the GPU to the maximum and provides SM2.0 and SM3.0 test to compare products.
In the latest DX9 benchmark of Futuremark, the performance goes up by a stunning 67.94%.Aquamark3
While this 3D benchmark is aging quickly, it still serves as a good evaluation tool for system performance, as it stresses the VGA, CPU and memory subsystem, any advantage had from a faster motherboard or memory setting will be apparent.
28.20% increase in Aquamark3, which is not really that shocking, knowing that Aquamark likes a faster CPU over additional video cards.