So you are saying 3dmark is silly because the results change depending on no good reasons? Also, it overcompensates the fact I can't run SM 3 tests?
Two good points, and they explain the strange results, but why didn't the THG tests have the same problem? A x1800XL is SM3, but it scores less that the x800pro? An x800xt gets much less (-600), but is a faster card?
That must mean the THG applied some other smoothing gradient to the scores to compentsate for the fact that 3d mark ain't compensating for SM3, but forgot for the x1800xl?
Possible, however an X1800XL should be about double the score they gave.
My X1800XT got just over 5k ( havent done the 1900 yet). Something is amiss, yet I'd take it with a grain of salt. Just go on the orb and compare results for some similar systems, then I think you'll see where you stand.
I like to rely on 3dmark score because if you dont use sli they seem to be a good reference on gameplay fps, I mean i have been doing alot of benching /comparing Fps so i feel comfortable with the results.
3d06 just omits sm3 score if card does not support it
Minimum System Recommendations
"DirectX® 9 compatible graphics adapter with Pixel Shader 2.0 support or later, and graphics memory of 256 MB minimum"
It says what happens without proper mem but not what happens without sm3 support
"* To run the HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, a DirectX 9 compatible graphics adapter with support for Pixel Shader 3.0, 16 bit floating point textures and 16 bit floating point blending is required.
It is possible that 3DMark06 will run on PCs that do not meet the recommendations above, but the benchmark performance may be seriously affected. For example, insufficient video memory will result in texture swapping - this will cause fluctuations during the tests, reducing the reliability of the generated scores."
Well with my d805 @3.8ghz and a x800gto2 oc'd i got 2350 default setup
I have just rerun it, 1024 x 768 with trilinear, 1896 3dmarks.
Default clock speeds, 475, 450.
992 SM2, no sm3, 852 cpu tests.
ORB won't work for me (confession time) because 3dmark06 is stupidly set to run at a higher resolution than my LCD TV so I had to (hangs head in shame) use a crack just to get it to run. It knows I did something funny, so it won't let me use ORB...
All the other 3Dmarks could change resolution in demo mode, but not this. It's pretty annoying that I have to join the ranks of the great unwashed pirates just to get the "demo" to run with my setup.