When looking at benchmarks and 3D games, TomsH's favourite games are:
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos
These are not bad choices...but, wouldn't it be nice to see more taxing games and recent games? I support ES: Oblivion as it should be there because even with today's hardware it's hard to get 60 FPS. 3DMark 06 is a general benchmark software and is/should also be used. However, games where you get over 80 FPS with older hardware such as Doom 3, Prey or Half-life 2 should maybe be replaced with newer games that are more taxing, i.e. Crysis.
I'll assume TomsH wants to benchmark hardware on games that have final patches available. Therefore, I can understand not benchmarking Crysis yet as there will most likely be other patches released in the near future. I'm just maybe saying benchmarks would be far more interesting and realistic with more recent games to compare our hardware with.
FYI: This is far from being a complaint... rather just a suggestion and a general discussion.
Any games you guys would like to suggest to TomsHardware for benchmarkings?
I'd be very interesting in them testing games with a range of common game engines, and someone publishing a list of which games use which engines, so a relatively lay person would get a better idea of which benchmarks are relevant to the games they play.
I don't mind them not testing the game I mainly play (Lord of the Rings Online), but as I know it uses an estabilished engine, there may already be relevant benchmarks published, though it was another game that was tested.
World of Warcraft (not a demanding game but many people play it)
3dmark06 at stock settings
NFS pro street
SupCom (as mentioned above)
C&C tiberium wars (or any other strategy game wich is more demanding)
Something like this? We have FPS, MMORPG, benchmarktool, racing, strategy and flight simulator
age of empires 3 still can kill a vga card
oblivion yeah, it's there already
crysis because everyone is obsessed with it, and it is taxing
nwn 2 wouldn't be a bad idea
and unless they start to suck, the latest and greatest colin mcrae should go on it
and something like lord of the rings online mmorpg. that game taxes a system about as much as the government does you, but will scale down enough to play on good onboard video.
hmm... can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but i think that pretty much covers the genre's and would put most systems through the ringer.
and I can see how this would be a complaint because they havn't changed their games in forever. I mean, even just adding some a few at a time would be satisfying. but with the newer high end cards, some of these games are not quite up to the task of "testing" the cards if you ask me. Any test game should be able to be turned on high with aa crush any given video card, unless it is a super exceptional card that we have yet to see.