3Dmark06 is a high performance tool that is quite useful in advanced 3D gaming and as a whole in the PC industry. The application utilizes sophisticated real time 3D gaming workloads for measuring the performance of PC with the help of suite of DirectX 9 tests such as 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests including the HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, as well as SM2.0 graphics tests.
The software comes in many flavors for both home based users as well as organizations, and incorporates plenty of superb features such as 3D game performance benchmark, CPU performance testing with the help of AI and physics workloads for both single core systems and multi-threaded, multi-core and multiple processor environments. The application also incorporates graphics feature tests including Pixel Shader, SM3.0 tests, Fill Rate, Vertex Shader, and Batch Size tests and even separate graphics card and CPU tests.
It has great capabilities to produce workloads that can simulate the high specs next generation 3D gaming requirements. The software has an advanced 3D gaming engine offering support to HDR Rendering with SM3.0 Shaders, along with the SM2.0 Shaders, as well as couple of HDR/SM3.0 and SM2.0 gaming tests.
Intel® or AMD® compatible processor 2.5GHz or higher
DirectX® 9 compatible graphics adapter with Pixel Shader 2.0 support or later, and graphics memory of 256 MB minimum; 1GB of system RAM or more; 1.5GB of free hard disk space; Windows® XP 32bit or Windows Vista™ 32bit operating system with latest Service Packs and updates installed; DirectX® 9.0c December 2005 or later; Visual C++ 2005 Redist; Microsoft Excel® 2003/XP or later for some 3DMark functionality; Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later for some 3DMark functionality