Benchmarks: 3Dmark2006, X3: Reunion


Test System Specifications
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz) LGA775


- Corsair PC2-6400 2GB DDR2


- ASUS P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X)


- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)


- Seagate 250GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)


- Nvidia GeForce 7900GS (256MB)
- ATI Radeon X1950 Pro (256MB)


- Microsoft Windows XP Pro (SP2)
- Nvidia Forceware 91.47
- ATI Catalyst 6.10
- Intel System Drivers 7.2.2


At their default clock speeds, 3Dmark2006 placed the Radeon X1950 Pro well ahead of the GeForce 7900GS giving it a 21% performance advantage at 1600x1200. Through overclocking the X1950 Pro became just 3% faster while the 7900GS catapulted into the lead with a 27% performance gain.

Previous tests using X3: Reunion have shown that this engine tends to favor ATI-based graphics cards. That being the case I was not surprised to find the Radeon X1950 Pro defeating the GeForce 7900GS. However, I was surprised about the degree to which the X1950 Pro defeated the 7900GS, at 1600x1200 the Radeon was 40% more powerful.

The X1950 Pro once again failed to gain much ground through overclocking, and as a result the 7900GS was able to close the margin down to 22%.