Theory Changes in 3DMark06
Perhaps the most important change in 3DMark06 revolves more around the CPU than the GPU; CPU test results now influence and affect the overall 3DMark score. This is a first for the benchmark that had previously made the 3DMark score a derivative of the game tests only and left the CPU tests to be used by reviewers and interested third parties only. That is no longer the case with 3DMark06.
In order for the 3DMark06 score to more closely simulate the system performance a gamer would get while playing on a real game, the GPU and CPU scores are weighted in a way that Futuremark thinks shows a future-looking preview of how each component will work together in real game software. Basically, 3DMark06 wants to gauge overall gaming performance on the system, not just performance of the graphics cards.
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