In the process of burning in and testing my PC's new components (see earlier post here), I ran a number of benchmarks to give me an idea of it's relative performance, particularly when running 3D games.

Here are the results I got. If you're into this type of thing, perhaps you could run the benchmarks yourself and compare your results. :-)

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Futuremark benchmarks:

3DMark 2001 SE: 15,212 3DMarks
3DMark03: 4,891 3DMarks
3DMark05: 2,245 3DMarks
3DMark06: 779 3DMarks

Note: All 3DMark tests were run using default settings. Download free versions of the benchmarks above by clicking on their respective links.

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Doom 3 benchmarks:

High Quality, 800x600: 72.9 FPS
High Quality, 1,024x768: 72.9 FPS
Hiqh Quality, 1,280x1,024: 60.6 FPS

Note: Testing done using Doom 3's built-in "demo1". You can do this yourself by bringing down the console and entering the command: "timedemo demo1". If you don't know how to access the console read this guide. Read my review of the game itself here.

Test setup:

MSI K8N Neo v2.0, Athlon 64 3000+ @ 2.1 GHz (Socket 754 version), 256 MB Inno3D GeForce 6800LE @ 375/1,000 MHz (core/memory), 2 x PQI 512 MB DDR 400 DIMM, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2, ForceWare v84.21, nForce3 v5.11, 3DMark2001 SE Build 3.3.0, 3DMark03 Build 3.6.0, 3DMark05 Build 1.2.0, 3DMark06 Build 1.0.2, Doom 3 1.3.

I have to say I'm pretty pleased. This is definitely not the fastest setup out there, not by a long shot. But for all intents and purposes, it's probably fast enough. At the very least, for the next year or so.

Of course, if I had the money, I can easily build a rig that will run rings around this one. Can you say dual-core and SLI?

Spare some change? :-)


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