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March 18, 2006 2:53:12 PM

I built a gaming pc 2 months ago and it doesn't score nearly as high as i think it should on 3dmark. When i overclock it, i get the scores i am looking for but i don't want to shorten its life by keeping it oc'd. Here are the specs

LGA-775 64 bit P4 3.2 w/H-T
Asus P5n32D SLi
thermaltake 680W
(2) 1gb sticks of corsair XMS2 pro ddr800/pc6400
(2) 256Mb BFG 7800 GTX's
300Gb sata - 180Gb sata
cdrw/dvd
dvdrw/cdrw

When i overclock it to 3.9Ghz with a 1050 FSB, i get the numbers i am looking for (10200 on 3dmark05) but at stock speeds, its a dog. (8100 on 3dmark05)

games seem to play fine but i do get glitches everyonce in awhile.

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March 18, 2006 3:31:43 PM

How long before the attack of the fanboys?
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March 18, 2006 4:38:36 PM

For reference, with my single eVGA 7800GT on an AthlonX2 3800 I get about 7500 in 3Dmark05 so something is definately wrong.
My experience might be a bit screwey, but when I was troubleshooting some BRAND NEW "slow" computers at my former high school, turning HT OFF helped. The computers were so slow that they couldn't even play flash files smoothly because it was only using one of the virtual cores per program. Aka it was only using 50% CPU power for any program. After I turned HT off in BIOS flash files played smoothly and Windows just seemed more responsive... seems sort of backwards, but it was the same story for all 5 computers. It could have been some other factor though. They were all identical setups built by Acma. Using Everest I found out they were using "generic" Asus boards on the old socket 478 running dual channel PC3200 @ PC2700 speeds.

Give it a shot and see what happens. Also, make sure that your SLI bridge is installed correctly, make sure SLI is enabled in the control pannel, and make sure you have the latest drivers from nVidia (they released some yesterday). A buddy of mine was also getting poor scores with an SLI system and already had the latest drivers. In his case, reinstalling them helped.

Hope some of this helped! :D 
-mcg
March 18, 2006 4:50:05 PM

thanks for the input. i will give that a try.

another example - i just downloaded timeshift and did the "test my system" at the nvidia site and got the response "Congratulations, your system will Rock this product! Wish we had a system that hot you lucky dog."

I installed the game and i am getting glitches every 5 or 6 seconds!!!!!

Going turn H/T off.
March 18, 2006 4:58:39 PM

Sorry for the cryptic response.

The answer is: There's probably nothing wrong. If you check the Online Results Browser, there are only 6 Pentium 4 based 7800GTX rigs that scored above 10,000 and all are overclocked between 4.1 and 4.6GHz. I'm a little surprise that the score scales so proportionately to clock speed.

(Of course, any moment now an AMD fanboy is going to chime in how his XP1700+ with FX5200 breaks 9K, but those scores never seen to show up in the Online Results Browser.)

and remember: if it weren't for AMD, we would all be buying 1.5GHz pentiums and paying $1200 for them
March 18, 2006 5:22:11 PM

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Sorry for the cryptic response.

The answer is: There's probably nothing wrong. If you check the Online Results Browser, there are only 6 Pentium 4 based 7800GTX rigs that scored above 10,000 and all are overclocked between 4.1 and 4.6GHz. I'm a little surprise that the score scales so proportionately to clock speed.

(Of course, any moment now an AMD fanboy is going to chime in how his XP1700+ with FX5200 breaks 9K, but those scores never seen to show up in the Online Results Browser.)

and remember: if it weren't for AMD, we would all be buying 1.5GHz pentiums and paying $1200 for them


My XP1700+ with FX5200 breaks 9K but I did not bother to upload it to the online result browser.
Now that its all over and done with, carry on as if you where normal.
March 19, 2006 12:18:43 AM

what do you recommend? Pentium D? AMD setup? or just keep what i have?
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