As far as we can see, 3DMark™2000 is about the best 3D graphics benchmark
for D3D available. Perhaps the only drawback is that you'll need a
relatively powerful system to make use of it. If we could send any input
to MadOnion.com, it would be: 1) The benchmark should set a base reference mark
so we can watch the levels at which technology in the 3D graphics arena advance,
and 2) OpenGL tests.
||The 3DMark™2000 Pro edition is exceptional
in that the batch run feature allows you to set up the tests you'd like
to run then with a single click you can leave the benchmark to run while
you go on about other tasks. The application runs and scores the
tests without the need for user input..
The Batch Run Wizard allows you to select how many iterations the
batch run will create in four simple steps. You can select from multiple
resolutions, color depths, Z-buffer depths, Frame Buffer Depths and CPU
optimizations. The number of benchmark runs that the current settings
will create is displayed at the bottom of the dialog. The estimated time
will tell you how long the whole batch run will last. The results
are saved as .3dp [3DMark Project] or .txt [3DMark project text export]
files to a folder on your computer. 3DMark can create an automatic
file name based on the 3D Accelerator name and the used test settings.
If you prefer to use your own naming convention, you can do so as well.
The Image Quality feature alone is worth the cost of ordering the Pro
edition as well. You can compare the result rendered with your 3D
accelerator to the reference images provided with 3DMark2000. The
reference images have been rendered with Microsoft Direct3D Reference
Rasterizer. If you have run the benchmark with several different 3D
Accelerators, you are able to compare the images against each other in
the Results Browser.
The standard edition of 3DMark™2000 is a 20MB
download and the price is definitely right! It's free!!! And
your copy is waiting for you at MadOnion.com
. Try it yourself and you'll no doubt be tweaking the graphics
subsystem to increase your scores in no time.
MadOnion.com is a "layered" Web services provider, powered by an
Internet-based engine. Their world-famous 3DMark™ 99 - The Gamers' Benchmark -
was first released in October 1998. In March 1999, 3DMark 99 MAX was introduced.
It measures 3D gaming performance and compares the results online against
thousands of other system configurations. With their results, PC users can make
upgrading decisions. Now, with a distribution list exceeding 10 million, 3DMark
is the global standard. MadOnion.com is based in San Jose, California, with
offices in Toronto and Helsinki. For more information, please visit www.madonion.com.
MadOnion.com works in cooperation with virtually all of the major 3D hardware
manufacturers. In addition to manufacturers, we're also working with software
developers around the world to create and maintain a standard for testing game
performance. In order to guarantee 100% real environment for testing the
game performance MadOnion.com has licensed MAX-FX™ Technology from Remedy
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