Originally posted by Smokey
It also DOES not reflect game performance. The 8500 was faster in 3dmark than my gf3, yet in games it wasnt
Its good for system tweaks, to see what gives better performance from your machine.
Oh ... and what Nutty said
The 8500 scores well because of PS1.4 support. 3DMark, as someone over at B3D's board said, is supposed to represent more than just a card's performance, but also its "goodness" (technology, features, etc.). Make of that what you will.