am I missing a driver or something?
Cards are running in SLi - disabled it and got 4000.
Thinking Im either missing a driver somewhere or put the wrong version of something on.
The asus site isnt the best for telling you all the drivers you need.
Thanks for replying, and for going to run 06.
did you have any other drivers?
Im not sure if i put on the MCP55 drivers from the asus site, looked the same as the nforce 590 drivers.
Wonder if Ive got a bios setting wrong.
The guys in the shop said to ignore the disk and get the drivers off the web.
But wasnt entreily sure which ones I needed.
So went with the ones I said. There doesnt seem to be a lot of drivers needed.
So went with nforce and geforce drivers, and soundcard.
There didnt appear to be anything else I needed. Upgraded the bios to the latest.
install the drivers off the disk!! then upgrade them if you need to. if there is a newer verison then use that. also, the timmings are more important then mhz, though getting 800mhz or 667mhz ram wouldnt hurt, my scores are in my sig. so id install the drivers off your disk, and try and lower you timings if you can
Ta, got to rebuild again, it really didnt like the drivers from the supplied disk.
an update didnt seem to fix it.
Going to install lates:
nforce 5 drivers
Going to avoid like the plague the weird network acceleration nvidia supply for the board, its kinda weird.
No surprises there. I never ever install from the disk, as a rule of thumb, unless absolutely necessary (e.g. Can't get toweb unless I install NIC drivers, F8 during setup, etc). Always use the latest drivers whenever possible lest you risk a BSOD that won't go away.
Were the other machines overclocked? Have you updated your motherboard BIOS? Did you close out of all of the programs running in the background? Do you have an anti-virus/firewall running? Did you make sure you have no spyware or otherwise on the computer?
Did you verify the clock settings on the graphics cards and CPU of the system you are comparing against yours? Many 7900GT cards come factory overclocked, not to mention possible OCing by the user. Same thing goes for the setting used in 3DMark06? Was the same resolution and options used?
I have a similar setup but my 3dmk06 scores are only 5500 or so. Thats with everything cool and stock settings. Not sure if thats good or not. Im running Corsair XMS PC26400 although times are not as advertised. (5-5-5-18). havent tinkered with it. The only mark6 test that runs like cr-p is the CPU test where framerate is 0-1. Dont know if my score is "good" or not. most running 3Dmark05 have scores closer to 10k.
The cards are fubar.
I found that using ntune, if I underclocked the cards (both gpu and mem), I could complete 3dmark06 artifiact free. However the score was around 4000 or so.
Gives me a score slightly less than that of a single 7900GT.
I found by downgrading the geforce drivers I could get through firefly forest, bu artifacts at around 1400 frames in deep frieze.
clocks at anything more than 453 (GPU) and 598 (effective mem 1198), result in artifacts in firefly and crash loading the cpu tests.
Anyway evga said to RMA em.
They argued the toss a lot less than the computer shop i bought them from.
They will lend me a card till the new ones arrive though. It seems a whole load of cards were recalled by both evga and xfx, but evga are being very good about the problem, but I'll only know for sure when I get the new ones.
After 7 days of extensive testing of cpu, memory, OS and drivers, I have a very expensive pretty black box.
What I was trying to get across was that EVGA immediately responded with a positive response, ie that the cards are faulty and should be returned.
EVGA were pretty straighforward and when I told them the cards didnt work properly in SLI mode unless I underclocked them a lot. Two posts on their forum. The first saying there was a problem, the second saying it was in sli mode, a single card worked ok.
Their immedaite response said to send them back to EVGA.
The shop I bought the system from had never heard of the problem, despite there being dozens of furums full of people with the same problem.
On concting their distributor, the shop found that for some mysterious they had absolutely no 7900GT KO's in stock, and apparently they are the biggest distributor in Europe.
So it looks like Im going to have a fair sized bundle of money lining a bench in the computer shop I bought my gear from.
Yes, the shop would have got them for a lot less than I paid for them, but profit is profit, and business's like to try and keep hold of it.