Originally Posted by Tr1cK
3dMark[/url] - 3dMark has long been a gamers benchmark. It is often criticized due to not using any particular game engine, but it still holds a place on every video card review. Regardless of the relevance of it as a benchmark, it can be a very useful stress testing application in 'loop mode'. 3dMark Vantage is the latest iteration that utilizes DirectX 10 and as such requires Windows Vista. 3dMark06 is the latest version for those who use operating systems prior to Windows Vista and only requires DirectX 9. It is not free for those who wish to run custom benchmarks or plan on using it in 'loop mode'.
I rather run crysis in loop mode than 3dmark. I was looping 3dmark for an hour and all was well, then i started playing crysis and 15min later it crashed, had to lower my core speeds by 50mhz for it to stop crashing.