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7900gt New world record 3dmark06! (help!)

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October 17, 2006 7:59:44 PM

In being slow that is.. :(  Can anyone please give me a hin to why my card is running about half the speed it should? Been googling around and finding ppl with similar computer setups as I have, although with about twice my score.. None out there with same problem it seems

Totally clean newly formated virus free computer, non-broken 7900gt -
2600 3dmarks... :oops: 

Tried all possible drivers. Riva tuner shows correct core speeds aso aso

My setup is

Amd Winchester 3000+ @ 2.2GHz
Asus a8n-sli --- With broken fan on chipset... Could possibly clock down things? Temperature seems alright on Pc Probe
1 gb pc3200 cl2.5 memory
Raid 200gb*2
7900gt standard
350W Power supply
October 17, 2006 8:03:56 PM

3dMark06 likes dual core CPUs.

Your score isn't bad, but your platform is holding you back...
October 17, 2006 8:38:46 PM

The strange thing though is that Ive seen alot of other people with about similar setups, for example

CPU : AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Card : ASUS Extreme 7900 GT 256MB
Speeds : 450MHz Core/ 1320MHz Memory

ForceWare Driver : 81.98
3DMark06 : 3640
- SM2.0 Score : xxxx
- HDR/SM3.0 Score : xxxx
- CPU Score : xxxx

with way wigher scores.. Infact, I havn't found anyone anywhere with anywhere near my low scores nomatter how bad specs

just doesn't make sense :?:
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October 17, 2006 8:53:35 PM

How's your in-game performance, and are you happy with it? That's what you really should be concerned with.
October 17, 2006 9:00:05 PM

Who knows, that high score might have been using SLI... does 3dMark 06 record if the machine is running in SLI mode or not?

I don't think it does, althougth after looking at the ORB your score does look a little low...

3DMark06 is a weird bench anyway. Try 3dMark 05 and tell us what you got there...
October 17, 2006 9:04:09 PM

Pretty much linear to the 3dmark test in performance, about 50% fps loss
As this isn't the graphic cards natural performance, and since I've tried a friends one as well I figure there shoudl be some setting somewhere..?

On the site I got this particular score from they write (SLI config) in the ones with SLI,com_joomlaboard...

Although, there are other ones as well with same specs if I look around a bit for them again
October 17, 2006 9:22:59 PM

Pretty much linear to the 3dmark test in performance, about 50% fps loss

50% loss compared to what?

Are you sure youy haven't forced 4xAA or 16xaf in the driver or something? That'd kill your performance big time.

ALso, how old is your windows installation?
October 17, 2006 9:27:21 PM

Compared to the fps I should have, Or at least up to 50% ^^

Windows installation totally fresh

I checked the aa and af by right clicking the icon next to the clock and everything is set to program determined

What about the motherboard, is it possible that it would clock down itself automatically without warning, and thereby giving low performance?

October 18, 2006 10:53:32 PM

So does antone have any ideas at all? Getting desperate :/ 
October 18, 2006 11:24:16 PM

Who knows, that high score might have been using SLI... does 3dMark 06 record if the machine is running in SLI mode or not?

I don't think it does, althougth after looking at the ORB your score does look a little low...

3DMark06 is a weird bench anyway. Try 3dMark 05 and tell us what you got there...
Even on a single core system, 3640 would be too low for an SLI'd 7900GT pair.
October 18, 2006 11:40:31 PM

That score does seem low, I have benched my card in a 3500+ @2.2ghz and I know I got over 4.5k.

I'm assuming you havent done anything really silly like not plug in the power connector, or set x8fsaa x16ani in the driver, in which case I'd probably want to try the card in another PC.
October 18, 2006 11:59:15 PM

My 3dmark05 score was 4873

Power is plugged in and no aa or af settings are on :( 
Would try on another comp as soon as I find one I can try it on ^ Pretty sure it's not the graphics card though as I tried another 7900gt on my comp as well with same score :?
October 19, 2006 12:03:23 AM

This can be compared this a normal score with the same cpu speed

7900GT 3DMARK05 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I am looking for some scores to compare mine with.

8864 3DMARK05

580/1600 on a EVGA 7900GT CO Superclocked.

Athlon 64 3500+ Stock Speed
2gb Corsair ValueSelect Memory 4x512mb
Evga NF4 SLI Board
2x80gb SATA Seagate
OKIA 450W Power Supply

I am running pretty much 50% here too... Gaaaah!! Im losing my mind!287"#"# Someone rescue me from this horrific nightmare!!
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October 19, 2006 12:06:38 AM

Who knows, that high score might have been using SLI... does 3dMark 06 record if the machine is running in SLI mode or not?

i have scored around 3200 with a 68gt and 5500 with the same in sli.
dont know if this helps?
October 19, 2006 12:18:05 AM

I have a gf6800
I had really low scores in 3dmark06 when I had the driver in dual-view.
When I set it in single-view my sm3 score went from 300 to 800. The sm2 score was also hurt a little by dual-view, but not much.
October 19, 2006 12:27:18 AM

Card not set to dual view either :/ 
October 19, 2006 12:29:01 AM

Just out of curiousity what other programs are running while you are running 3dmark? Maybe something is using a lot of resources without you even ralizing it.

Alternatively are you sure that your powersupply is providing enough power for everything? Not sure if that could even cause what you are describing just a thought.
October 19, 2006 1:11:07 AM

Moahaha! Asus a8n-sli motherboards have, as expected, two graphics cards slots! I tried putting the card in the other one and suddently got 7883 3dmarks! (Wherever the logic to that can be found) Too bad the card now seems to be broken as it locks up in deep freeze, 3dmark06 :( 
Had to send an old one back because of that, and it seems as if Ill be without Oblivion another two weeks :/ 

Thanks for the help all! Although, the score still is a bit low right? I heard that the 7900gt should be 9000-10000 ish in 3dm05
October 19, 2006 1:49:11 PM

Definitely some strange shiznit goign on there. You might want to take a close look at what's running in the background of your windows installation.

How long has it been since windows was installed on your machine?
October 19, 2006 2:37:42 PM

I'll try to get an updated 3dMark05 tonight for comparison. . . I got the score in my sig at 2.2Ghz
October 19, 2006 8:04:31 PM

Nothing running in background and totally fresh installation ^^

TSIMonster do you have a 7900gt too?
October 19, 2006 8:29:02 PM

No, but I have a 3000+ so I thought it maybe relavent, he should be getting a thousand or so more then me I would think. I know the x850xt pe can match some 7800gt scores. If its not relavent, I won't post it.
October 19, 2006 8:33:57 PM

Yeah, it might be the cpu. My brother has 820 dual core, 2x1Gb value rams and a 7800GT and scores 4000 on 3DMark06. But that's just benchmark what matter the most is gaming. If you're pc is good enough for your settings on gaming then you should not really worry about synthetic bencmarks.
October 19, 2006 8:41:40 PM

Oh please do so! If u have ur settings on 2.2 Ghz and same processor it's a very good comparison

How about 3dm06?
October 20, 2006 5:57:48 AM

I got 4163 3DMarks on 3D 06

AMD 3200+ @ 2.2 single core
1 gig dual channel DDR
7900GTO @ 500/1500
October 20, 2006 6:51:24 AM

Does nvidia have a monitoring tool? You need to find out what frequency your graphics card is in. The latest cards have what's called a 2D and 3D mode. When it detects a change to 3D activity, like a game, it raises its voltage and frequency. You may be having a driver issue where the driver isn't automatically changing the card's speed. Try reinstalling the driver. Just a thought.
October 20, 2006 7:02:13 AM

I know what your problem is !

Your A8N-SLI, is the god damn chipset fan!!!

I have the A8N-E (same board except for the SLI) and guess what, the chipset fan broked in the first month. I replaced it with passive ZalmanNB47J. I have a good airflow so the heatsink is only a little hot (measured 65C with digital external thermometer).

The thing is that you are LUCKY that the Nvidia NForce4-SLI chipset has not broked on you. It has somme protection so that when overheated (after the first 10 sec when working with broken fan), the frequency is reduced and the chipset protects itself.
October 20, 2006 8:29:53 PM

Reinstalled drivers a couple of times :p  Frequencies are alright

My fan IS broken, as I mentioned ^_^
So what you are saying is that you recieved a drastical, or at least significant performance improvment by getting a functional fan? Yeah!! I never thought that the motherboard would underclock itself without at least giving me a hint 8O
In that case how big was your improvment? What physical part does the card actually clock down?

I got 4163 3DMarks on 3D 06

AMD 3200+ @ 2.2 single core
1 gig dual channel DDR
7900GTO @ 500/1500"

I would do another test now with the grahics card plugged into the right pci-slot, although can't since memories on card is broken which results in lock up at deep freeze part

October 24, 2006 2:13:30 AM

My current (newest) 3Dmark06 score is 5690 with my 7900GT - Click here

3Dmark05 is 9537 Click Here

These are not my best results however, my CPU seems to be on its way out (too much voltage! :D  ) and has scored better at lower speeds before.

Both results incorrectly show the boot FSB speed of 183, as I'm trying to find out why my CPU is misbehaving and had set the 3967MHz CPU speed and correct 198FSB with ClockGen after boot. Is this a known 3Dmark issue? If I were to believe their numbers I'd have a 21.6 clock multiplier :s
October 24, 2006 8:54:54 PM

3dmark only reads FSB numbers from the BIOS and won't show changes made with ClockGen. It never reads right for me either... even from the bios.
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October 24, 2006 9:20:48 PM

:lol:  :lol:  Dude it (3D'05 & '06) say I have an FSB of 14Mhz and thats with my poor little 939 3800x2 cranked to 2.7Ghz, so I reckon it's pretty safe to ignore.

What sort of overclocks (if any) do you run?, Coolbits?, Ntune?, manual through BIOS?, I'm just curious is all.
October 25, 2006 7:52:40 PM

The Gfx card is a non-reference board design, a Gainward 7900GT Golden Sample. The Vgpu mod on this board is a pencil mod, I have the GPU running at 1.65v. I used coolbits to enable overclocking and find the max clock, and once I had decided on a max safe clock I modded the BIOS with nBiToR and reflashed it so that it now defaults to 725/1400 (stock was 550/1400).

The CPU is normally all done in the BIOS but I think it is on its last legs, which seems a good excuse for an upgrade to a Core 2.

I'd been using ClockGen to change the speeds to see if I could get the wierd issues to go away....