Originally posted by Skynet
If a card scores 800 on 3DMark03 you can be DAMN SURE it will suck at any game using DX8/9 features. If your card scores 7000 on the same test you can be DAMN SURE it will scream at the same next-gen games. Isn't that the whole point of a benchmark?
But the numbers can be misleading. I had a Radeon 8500 and a GeForce3. The 8500 would score consistently 700-1000 points higher in 3dmark than my GF3. But in games, that ATI card would choke with low framerates and/or graphical errors whereas the NVIDIA card would deliver smooth performance and no visual errors to speak of.
Mere benchmarks do not a great video card make. It's all about trial and error to determine which card works best for you for the reasons you need it.