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Low 3dMark Test Scores- A10-5800k/R7 260x

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March 22, 2014 2:52:05 PM

So this is the specs of my new build-
A10-5800K @ 3.8ghz
Radeon R7 260x 2gb GDDR5
8GB (2x4gb) DDR3 2133
Running Windoze 8.1

I was having issues with my A10 playing BF4 at a suitable setting to my liking so after asking on here it was recommended that I buy a Radeon R7 260x, so I went ahead and did it, installed it, got it setup and it runs very nicely. However, there is still some kind of 'hiccup' somewhere and I cannot put my finger on what it may be.

I updated my AMD drivers and MSI drivers and just about every driver I could figure out to upgrade I went ahead and did it. Now that I installed the R7 260x I am very satisfied with the quality of graphics and gameplay that I am getting on BF4, however, the 3dMark test scores hinted to me that there is still room left for improvement. Something is just not right.

When running "Firestrike" test on 3dMark I am getting a score around 3500 which ranks around a gaming laptop. I was expecting to 'at least' get in the neighborhood of 4000-5000 on this test with my setup. I feel as though there is some setting somewhere that I am overlooking. Maybe it is a setting in the BIOS? A slight tweak to the settings on the RAM or CPU? I am not sure. I have tried to figure it out to no avail. I am hoping maybe someone here can hint around at some things I may be able to try to get that score up where I want it. I do not think running in the 4000 range for that test is too much to ask for this system, as I have seen comparison setups on 3dMark running in this range with my hardware.

So any ideas? I am not real sure what to post here as far as my driver settings, but if that info is needed just give me some ballpark idea of what I need to post and where to find it and I will supply that info.

Thanks in advance for the help, I really appreciate these forums they have proven to be very helpful.

Cheers
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March 22, 2014 3:03:15 PM

Seems about average for that chip. Make sure all your background applications are closed. Many of the benchmarks on here are overclocked as well.
I can't filter any R9 260x for whatever reason.
If you are overclocking, you could have a bad overclock, hence the bad results
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http://www.3dmark.com/search#/?mode=advanced&url=/proxy...
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March 22, 2014 5:50:15 PM

Alec Mowat said:
Seems about average for that chip. Make sure all your background applications are closed. Many of the benchmarks on here are overclocked as well.
I can't filter any R9 260x for whatever reason.
If you are overclocking, you could have a bad overclock, hence the bad results
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http://www.3dmark.com/search#/?mode=advanced&url=/proxy...


I am not currently overclocking. Not real sure how to do it. I tried using the MSI overclock Genie in the BIOS but it said it was not compatible with A10 series processors. I found this quite odd. I was having issues using the MSI Live Update 5, the newest update would not open for me, and when I went back to the older version it would not run correctly. Which is odd because at one point I was using it without issues.

I contacted MSI about the issues but they were less than helpful.

I also tried the Overdrive utility but was not real sure on what I was doing so figured I would try to read up more before I started tinkering with things too much. I need a working computer for coding.
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March 23, 2014 8:01:02 AM

Ah, so you did try to overclock?

Go into the bios and set everything back to default. Uninstall any and all Overclocking utilities and delete their parent directories as well.
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