I own an AMD X2 4400+, my top score with it on 3dmark2005 is 5644.
On the Tomshardware CPU chart, they get a score of 6164. About 500 points higher using the same CPU.
I'm running on an A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard, 2 gigs of ram, with slightly higher timing than the one used in the test project. (2.5 CAS instead of 2.0).
What exactly could be limiting my score so much, and should I be worried about it? I have extremely few start up programs.. just the one for my Razer mouse so I doubt i'm using up extra CPU cycles that would limit my score.
Maybe the (more recent - GeForce 7000 series) drivers offload some functionality to the CPU(s), or 2nd core, to boost frame rate, detail, etc and that affects the CPU score a little.
Wouldn't surprise me at all.
ATI have Catalyst AI, and it has 3 settings, it can boost frame rates a good 20% or so at times. 8O
Just wait until Friday afternoon
My laptop (Presario V2400) will have far more 3D performance than my Opteron 270 (quad-core)...
As I am taking the Opteron 270 back to the onboad ATI Rage XL - 8 MB. (The system memory is faster than the onboard video memory ). Good thing I ain't losing that 8 MB to system memory... I'd really miss it. :roll:
(Laptop has ATI Radeon Xpress 200M single channel, shared with system memory 8O )
So soon my score in most of the 3DMark series will be zero, as the GPU won't let any of the tests run.
Less gaming = More coding. 8)
PS: If we are looking at '05 my CPU result is: 7374
ATI chipset drivers are the first thing that comes to my mind looking at your board.
A mainboards chipset performance / drivers will affect 3DMark scores, and even general performance, significantly. Maybe not significantly enough to notice unless you sit at each given configuration for 4+ hours each, but it's there.
Which Video Card are you running ?
If it is an ATI card, What ATI Catalyst Control Centre settings are in use ? (eg: CATALYST AI level, Is Anisotropic filtering forced, Is [Temporal] FSAA forced, Is Gemetry Instancing enabled ?, etc, etc).