Originally posted by SnakeEyes
It goes back to what jbirney posted earlier (which I agree 100% with). Basically his point was that the final weighted score is worthless, but the tests themselves as well as their results are extremely useful.
Ignore the final '3DMark' score, and instead look at the details to see what the average framerates for the game scenes is. Those will tell you more about your card's performance than the score ever could. (For instance, getting 40+ fps for the 9700Pro vs. the FX's ~15 at the moment would tell me that for what that particular scene is testing, the FX is especially weak. The weighting of the scores to determine the final 3DMark combined score can hide things like that.)
Couldn't agree with ya more