Is this a low 3D Mark 06 score for a GTX?

hey ppl,

just got a BFG 8800 GTX OC today. I benched it with 3D Mark 06, my specs are:-

C2D E6600 (2.4 GHz)
Corsair TwinX 2GB Dominator C4

I am scoring approx 9800 marks. My BFG 320 MB OC Card before this could hit about 8600.

Is my score too low?
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  1. Post your individual scores...CPU SM2 SM3
    THat way we know if it is your CPU that is slowing you down.

    If your CPU score is anywhere near 2000, then this is a VERY low score.
    I am getting 12000+ with 2gts320's in SLI which is only marginally better than a GTX...by that logic you should be getting at least 11,000 or maybe 10,500 and more.

    hmm.
  2. oh by the way the version of your drivers can make a 20% difference!
    And do not run ALL the tests, just the default ones.
    Use an older version of the Nvidia drivers and you will get a better score if nothing else works.
  3. 3dmark is not a very good benchmark to gauge a system's true performance. I'd say the scores by 3dmark is accurate +/- 1000.

    If you didn't overclock your system and ram and left your Bfg 8800GTX at it's factory speeds, I'd say that score is just right. However, the e6600 is bottlenecking the 8800GTX so your graphics card score should increase a lot more when you overclock your cpu. This is partly why I said the score is accurate +/- 1000.
  4. bornking said:
    Post your individual scores...CPU SM2 SM3
    THat way we know if it is your CPU that is slowing you down.

    If your CPU score is anywhere near 2000, then this is a VERY low score.
    I am getting 12000+ with 2gts320's in SLI which is only marginally better than a GTX...by that logic you should be getting at least 11,000 or maybe 10,500 and more.

    hmm.


    I dont think the scores on 3dmark is in ratio with framerates, 12000:10500 seems in ratio with the SLI gts and the GTX framerates. The score should! be lower than 10500
  5. Okay, a few more details.

    I am running Windows Vista Home Premiium 32-bit (I know that Vista performs worse than XP).

    Detailed 3D Mark scores:-

    3DMark Score 9856 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4668 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 4866 Marks
    CPU Score 1991 Marks

    This is on the basic (free) edition at default settings.
  6. If you overclock your processor to 3.0ghz your scores will probably increase by a 1000 or so. I get around 10800 with my setup.
  7. its not super low....but a 6750 + 8800GTS 320 OC(from bfg) gets 9600
  8. i scored 11179 with my asus gtx and 6850 cpu with 2gigs of corsair 667 ram on windows xp.
  9. Yep that is low I scor emuch better with a 7950GX2 at 11k. Although I do have a quad which gets like a 2k points lead on the CPU tests.
  10. 12800 with the BFG 8800GTX OC...I think its just a cpu limit....will under(go back to stock) clock and see....
  11. thanks a lot all.

    pls let me know what you get Nuke.
  12. BFG 8800GTX OC + Core 2 Quad @ 2.4(3dmarks2006 set to run on 2 only)
    Ram : 3.0 gigs @ 533 4,4,4,10

    10233 3DMarks (well within the +/- 500 you can get from run to run....)
    SM 2.0 Score 4836 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 4959 Marks
    CPU Score 2120 Marks

    Looks like your are in the right area after all..CPU adds a fair bit
    --------------------------------------------------------
    BFG 8800GTX OC + Core 2 Quad @ 2.4(3dmarks2006 set to run all 4)
    Ram : 3.0 gigs @ 533 4,4,4,10

    Main Test Results
    3DMark Score 11803 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4816 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 4992 Marks
    CPU Score 3898 Marks

    Hope this helps some....now back to City Of Heroes i go.... :) well that or ET Quake Wars Demo....
  13. Hmmmm, seems that my score is not that bad. Anyone else have a suggestion or comparison score?
  14. +/-500 from run to run! I nearly always get within 30 3DMarks each run, unfortunately each run gives me a low score :(
  15. There's a facility within the 3dmark06 software to compare your results with similar setups.
  16. randomizer said:
    +/-500 from run to run! I nearly always get within 30 3DMarks each run, unfortunately each run gives me a low score :(

    There can be variances with like systems with extra software running....

    As many have said...it means nothings as long as the machine does what you want it to anyway....
  17. I've already asked this like 3 or 4 times and people still don't give me a clear answer (or an answer for that matter)... Why does it matter your 3Dmark score at all? It's not like its going to do you any good. (I'm serious on this question)

    And a system performance matters on games not on a synthetic benchmark, so don't start trying to give me an answer around that.
  18. I thought 3D Mark scores were indicative of the power of the hardware you have. So if I get a GTX and expect high scores and don't get them, I immediately worry something is wrong. I could care less about the whole penis-envy thing that some ppl have with 3D Mark.

    I just need to know that my hardware is not faulty in any way.
  19. Honestly 3Dmark means squat, that's why I'm in a quest to seek the true answer to my question. Just benchmark with games, that's the real indicative of the power of your hardware.
  20. i thought something was wrong with my score i got a 10450 on vista.. but my games run fine at 60+ fps..
  21. emp said:
    I've already asked this like 3 or 4 times and people still don't give me a clear answer (or an answer for that matter)... Why does it matter your 3Dmark score at all? It's not like its going to do you any good. (I'm serious on this question)

    And a system performance matters on games not on a synthetic benchmark, so don't start trying to give me an answer around that.


    Just because a benchmark result does not always translate to real world performance it does not mean that it has no value. 3dmark is an excellent controlled environment to use for tweaking. The OP can now see how his result compares to similar equipment. If something was working poorly on his setup that may be revealed by a low score when compared to the same equipment. He can also see the result of clocking up higher on both his processor and GPU. I guarantee you if he tweaks his system to score higher in 3dmark that it will translate to better performance in games. I'm talking strictly about tweaking equipment but not switching it out. It is well known that r600's do better in 3dmark06 than the real world and quad core cpu's bump your score far more than they impact current games.
  22. R600's potential with optimized drivers is shown in 3dmark, but aside from that, you can compare GTX scores in there excluding CPU ones to see how your performance will meet up, comparing OC's or w/e.

    9k is very low I get 11k with a GX2. So its probably a CPU Bottleneck. Looking at your CPU id say tahts exactly what it is, try OC'ing to 3ghz temporarily and see if your GPU score goes up.
  23. it is a cpu bottleneck....see above :) i tested for just that....

    @ Emp - Its a good way to see everything is working right......but nothing more.....

    the difference from a gts to a gtx is at most 10fps and on average about 3-5 fps in 3d 2006....but real games can get more advantage....or no advantage....so what you play makes the difference...
  24. I think 3dmark is great for comparing your own overclocks. I always look at the avg. fps and see how much more frames I get when I overclock. Then I divide it by the speed of the cpu or vidcard to find out the best fps/mhz and use that settings. If I were to use a real game instead, many variables are apparent and the results aren't as accurate. I mean if I score 1000 more points due to overclocking, it means I'm gonna get more frames right? 3dmark still has its uses, Emp.
  25. Hmm I guess you do make a point, however what I don't understand is why people freak out over a low score without even trying games on it (Not talking necessarily about the OP, but in general, happens way too often around here), It's really annoying to say the least how every thread related to this usually has not done any further testing to their system other than this benchmark.
  26. I get a low 3DMark06 score and low FPS in games with my x1950 pro and s939 3700 @2.6GHz, so it is indicative to an extent.
  27. randomizer said:
    I get a low 3DMark06 score and low FPS in games with my x1950 pro and s939 3700 @2.6GHz, so it is indicative to an extent.


    Like stated previously It is more then likely a CPU bottleneck....
    my 8800GTS 640MB only scores me 5500+ marks, why because I only have an opty 148, (and my mobo doesn't support 16X lanes only 8X which is another huge bottleneck) before I upgraded video cards I had 1300+ marks LAWL. also nvidas GPUs are affected by cpu power the more CPU power a machine has the more power the GPU will be able to pump out.

    and 3dmark06 is good for comparisons to previous results you have had, this gives a good bias for tweeks and such.
    and as stated people need to get over the "my peinis is bigger than yours" if you can play your games at ~60 fps who cares.... a 60Hz monitor can only put out 60 fps max
  28. SOunds a little sus :/

    Im getting ~12,000
    Q6600 @3.0
    GTS 320 OC
  29. Okay guys, extensive looking about led me to this set of benches.

    A preliminary look shows that my results are actually almost exactly what you would expect. Any thoughts?
  30. I succesfully overclocked my E6600 to 3 GHz and re-ran 3D Mark 06. Here are my scores: -

    3DMark Score 10930 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 5068 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 5075 Marks
    CPU Score 2455 Marks

    All I could say was "OMG!". Compare this to my initial (stock) speeds:-

    3DMark Score 9853 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4650 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 4867 Marks
    CPU Score 1997 Marks
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  31. You have to love a free performance increase.
  32. 10700 w/ my setup
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