Just registred here after lurking for a long time and as a long time PC user but really new to PC gaming. Not a monster gamer or anything, but after building 1 PC I decided to build all my PCs to have some sort of graphical muscle.
I put together 3 PC's and 1 more I'll have completed this weekend. Don't ask why, just bear with me.
I never really bothered to check but I recently learned about benchmarking and thought to take the basic 3DMark06 for a spin.
I'll post some specs though not sure exactly what's needed. I did these tests on Windows XP.
I tested it first on my weakest PC:
Athlon IIx2 240 2.8ghz
ASUS N13219 Mobo
2GB DDR2 800mhz OCZ Value ram
Sapphire Radeon HD 2600XT 512mb DDR3
3DMark score - 4824
I had no idea what the points mean but I then tested it on my second PC:
Now, I realize that the free version gives limited options and it only tests in relatively low res 1280 x 1024 but technically shouldn't the Ultra have placed higher? Or at such low res, the newer 8800GT architecture wins out?
XP only reads 3gb ram, should I do these tests on 7 instead?
I'm just wondering what exactly 3DMark looks for when doing these tests, I assumed it was strictly the graphics card.
The last PC I'm finishing this weekend is:
AMD Phenom IIx6 1055T
4GB Patriot DDR3 2000mhz
ATI Radeon 4890 HD 1GB DDR5
I'd just like to get an accurate reading on all my PCs.