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High end system with disapointing results. Please Help!

Hello everyone!

I have a 7970 ghz. and a 3570k and my 3dmark11 score is only 9227 on the performance setting.

When I compare this to others, this seems quite low. I also don't seem to get a good oc out of my GPU and CPU.

When I try to OC my CPU to 4.2 Ghz. my games start to freeze frequently.
The same goes for when I try to OC my GPU (with AMD Overdrive) to even the lowest setting (1140 mhz.).

When I just play games I don't really have problems with my frame rates at top settings but since I'm making videos for Youtube (with live commentary), I kinda want my performance to be as good as possible but it seems that this just isn't possible with my setup.
This annoys me, since I spent a year and a half saving up money to finally get myself a decent PC (high-end normally)....

Any ideas on how I can fix this/ what's causing this/ ...

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Your PSU might not be able to offer sufficient power for an overclocked CPU and GPU.. if possible, name your PSU
  2. My PSU should be able to keep up with that. It's a 600W PSU With over 80% efficiency. I tested that before I bought the PC with OC stats, so it reaaly shouldn't be the problem.
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    Littlebro said:
    Hello everyone!

    I have a 7970 ghz. and a 3570k and my 3dmark11 score is only 9227 on the performance setting.

    When I compare this to others, this seems quite low. I also don't seem to get a good oc out of my GPU and CPU.

    When I try to OC my CPU to 4.2 Ghz. my games start to freeze frequently.
    The same goes for when I try to OC my GPU (with AMD Overdrive) to even the lowest setting (1140 mhz.).

    When I just play games I don't really have problems with my frame rates at top settings but since I'm making videos for Youtube (with live commentary), I kinda want my performance to be as good as possible but it seems that this just isn't possible with my setup.
    This annoys me, since I spent a year and a half saving up money to finally get myself a decent PC (high-end normally)....

    Any ideas on how I can fix this/ what's causing this/ ...

    Thanks in advance!


    Which Score is coming in lower than expected? 3dmark splits the Graphics (GPU) and Physics (CPU) scores out. You can access their results page and search for your card to get a baseline value for that Graphics Score- then compare it to what you received on your test. I suspect a 7970Ghz would be in the 12500-13250 graphics score range if working properly. My 770 is a 13490 and it isn't a significantly better card than yours.

    Edit: 3dmark 11 doesn't distinguish the Ghz Edition from the regular 7970 (which it gives a 10400). If you're less than 11k on Graphics I'd be worried about your card, otherwise- its elsewhere
  4. Littlebro said:
    My PSU should be able to keep up with that. It's a 600W PSU With over 80% efficiency. I tested that before I bought the PC with OC stats, so it reaaly shouldn't be the problem.


    whats your motherboard? A decent motherboard like the GIGABYTE motherboard offers the best OC capabilities.
    For the 3dmark11 problem, the score is not evaluated from the gpu only. it scores up the hardware as a whole.
  5. wilgoz said:
    Littlebro said:
    My PSU should be able to keep up with that. It's a 600W PSU With over 80% efficiency. I tested that before I bought the PC with OC stats, so it reaaly shouldn't be the problem.


    whats your motherboard? A decent motherboard like the GIGABYTE motherboard offers the best OC capabilities.
    For the 3dmark11 problem, the score is not evaluated from the gpu only. it scores up the hardware as a whole.


    It gives you two scores and combines them with weighting.

    To me, unless you're scoring way low (you aren't), then you either aren't tweaking voltage on your OC's or you got poorly binned components. It really doesn't matter-

    Think of it this way- if you've played Diablo II or Diablo III- you just found a couple of unique/legendaries which had less than ideal stat rolls. Still good items. Don't try to keep up with others on 3dmark- they likely have better motherboards for a higher voltage overclock and have spent more time perfecting their OC values. If you're in the middle of the crowd- that's an OK place to be.
  6. My GPU score was around 12000, so I guess that's OK then... Thanks for all your answers.

    I have a Z75 ASRock Pro3 mobo (standard but according to reviews good enough for some light overclocking, which is the case with me).

    I still think it's weird. 7970 Ghz. was (before the 700 nvidea series) considered to be the best single GPU out there and I see guys with 7950s score beter than me (sometimes with a serious margin considering this particular case) but OK, I guess I just had some bad luck with that then...

    Thanks again for the answers!
  7. Correction! I did the test again and guess what....
    Well, see for yourself, below are the results:

    3DMark Score P9218
    Graphics Score 10287
    Physics Score 7110
    Combined Score 6907
    3DMark Score 9218.0
    Graphics Score 10287.0
    Physics Score 7110.0
    Combined Score 6907.0
    Graphics Test 148.7
    Graphics Test 252.2
    Graphics Test 365.8
    Graphics Test 429.0
    Physics Test 22.6
    Combined Test 32.1


    So Uhm... What's this about then?
  8. Your graphics score seems low for a 7970 Ghz. Have you OC'ed it?

    That's about what I'd expect as a score for a standard 7970, non Ghz.

    If you haven't OC'ed your 7970Ghz, you should. The only draw AMD has in the current card cycle is superior overclockability, may as well put that to use.
  9. Well, it's a standard 1050 mhz 1500 mhz so it's quite a bit above the standard 7970. And if you look at the above messages you can see I'm having trouble with OC'ing... :(

    But thanks for the answer.
  10. What kind of cooling setup?
  11. I have a Zalman Z9 U3 case and a 35 dollar Scythe CPU cooler with soem good reviews (don't remember the name exactly. Something with Scythe 3000... I don't know..)


    Don't...

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