The bottom line is he is getting 400 more points about because his card is probably overclocked from the factory, has 1GB of memory and he probably has a better mobo for bandwidth and that's why he score's a little better. Everybody scores differently. I score a few hundred points below people that have the same hardware and o'c that I do... it's just because they are doing things a bit more right than I am.
Tweak your bios and o'c then come back and share your adventures. I'm interested to see if you guys with the Q6600 and 8800 series cards can get close to steffato but on air!
Actually thats the card at stock 600/1850(925) which is the stock for the Sapphire Radeon HD2900Pro 1GB's. I have an P5K-E WiFi/AP and Intel chipsets have mostly been known to have better bandwidth especially memory than NVidias.
I did a little tweaking just now since I got home (was at work) and tried again. Turned off SpeedStep and C1E also set my memory timings to cas4 so they are 4-4-4-12(considering I have the same memory as the Corsair PC2-6400 but higher voltage for PC2-8500) and OC'ed my card using AMDGPUTool to 800/2200(1100). My score was 12320 3DMarks so almost 1k more.
Here is a link for some proofage: http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=5556544
Makes me happy
that I can keep up with the 8800 series and helps me acknowledge that this was a good buy especially since I only paid $219 for it. I got it right before I finalized my purcahse and was going with a HD2900XT 1GB for $400 then I saw this right as it popped up.
I think the HD2900Pro/XT series has potential just needs the drivers to go with it. I am tempted to flash it with a HD2900XT BIOS or even a stable custom BIOS but am a little antsy. I still think the 512bit memory bus is very underused by the drivers cuz I remember going from 128bit to 256bit and I was never able to go back to 128bit. So maybe after a few more driver revisions they will be taking more advantage of the memory bus and we will see more improvements.