The most popular 3D and system benchmarking suite on the market recently got it's latest upgrade. Futuremark has released
the 2006 version of 3DMark, which includes support for many new features seen only on the newest of cards including Shader Model 3, enhanced support for many older features and more overall tests for more accurate benchmarking. 3DMark06 will be able to generate individual scores for Shader Model 2.0 and 3.0 now, and these will also be comparable to the online database that Futuremark maintains. As with previous releases, 3DMark has a “light” version to try and a beefier, well-rounded suite that you must buy to use. Pretty much any benchmarking site you ever visit will obviously be making use of this software to compare the newest video hardware and system configurations so it's worth it to try it yourself.