I have just recently bought and build my own computer system. Included is my new Geforce 8800 GTX video card. My system is almost identical to the one listed here on TomsHardware as the Mid-Cost system. However, when I run the game F.E.A.R. and 3D Mark 06' I get low fps and Marks than the system listed on this website and others with a similar build. Could someone give me insight as to what the problem may be? The mid-cost system on this site lists it's fps on F.E.A.R. as around 180-190ish. No AA/AF. However I only get around 40-50fps. And 3D Mark lists scores around 13-15k for computers with similar specs. Here are my computer specs and Benchmark results.
Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4ghz (my cpu seems to average around 50 C. Is that too hot for this CPU?)
2GB Cosair Dominator @ 1033mhz
Samsung SCSI 500GB @ 7200rpm
EVGA nForce 680sli MotherBoard
EVGA Geforce 8800 GTX (with 163.69 Forceware Vista 32-bit)
OCZ 700W PSU
Samsung 22" Widescreen SyncMaster 226BW
3D Mark Results
Main Test Results
3DMark Score 11031 3DMarks
SM 2.0 Score 4521 Marks
SM 3.0 Score 4872 Marks
CPU Score 3286 Marks
hmm really?? 12,370 i think was my max.. thats kinda dissapointing.. and im actually really shocked at how you got 11k with a 7950GX2.. even though its a great card, makes me think i should be hitting 13k or even 14..
however 3dmark loves Raid0 so perhaps that has something to do with it...
Your score is a little low but not at all bad. More clocks on the CPU and GPU would improve the score but I'm thinking more so on the CPU.
For comparison my dual core core 2 is scoring lower than your quad but my graphics 3d scores are higher with my 8800gtx at 630/1050 and my e6600 at 3.2. Total score 11,720 in Vista with 163.75 drivers.
If you are still using the stock HSF with your quad you're 50c is not unreasonable. Personally I think Intel should not ship that HSF with the quads. If you really want to get more out of your system then get a new HSF and try to push that quad up to the 3.0 area. Do that and you will probably score around 13,000 and of course perform better in actual games as well.
Hi, I ran some FEAR Tests again using the In-Game Benchmark here is what I got.
Frames per Second: 30
FEAR : Maximum CPU settings
Maximum Graphics Settings with soft shadows off
(Basically same setup as Toms Hardware's FEAR test)
I was using Core Temp 0.95 to get a reading of my idle temps Here it is:
Core 0: 61C
Coer 1: 52c
Core 2: 58c
Core 3: 51c
BIOS CPU Temp: 53C
Could a hot CPU really be affecting FPS that much? I would think that the CPU could perform even at higher temps. What could be the problem with my FEAR fps? Would a 10C drop really boost Frames up to 100 for FEAR? It's pretty frustrating that I spent $2600 on this new computer and boasting only 30fps at max settings.
I dont think so.. rather then ANY number it locks it to your refresh rate, and runs it along with that, so if your refresh rate is stuck at 30, that may be why.. although Idk how a refresh rate would get stuck at 30.
I think that your 3dMark score is a bit low, but what is significant is the fact that your FEAR score is way too low.
1) First of all you should update your video drivers to 163.75 but first you have to uninstall completely the old ones. I think that Guru3D has a handy tool for this purpose. Better use it in safe mode, having already uninstalled your old nVidia drivers from Control Panel. I forgot to mention that before doing the update you should install the KB940105 update. Also try updating your M/B BIOS.
2) Another thing I noticed is that you are using a SCSI HD. I would try changing the slot of the SCSI controller in case something strange is going on with IRQ sharing between it and the 8800GTX. It's rare, but I would give a try.
My rig is a Q6600 at 3.4 (378x9) my Ram is at 756MHz 4-4-4-5 on an ASUS Commando board. My eVGA 8800GTX is mildly overclocked to 609 / 1900 and in Vista Ultimate 32 bit using 163.75 in 3dMark 06 at 1280x1024 noAA noAF and 69 running processes, I get:
3DMark Score 12941 3DMarks
SM 2.0 Score 5255 Marks
SM 3.0 Score 5187 Marks
CPU Score 4936 Marks
1 - Return to Proxycon 44.42 FPS
2 - Firefly Forest 43.168 FPS
CPU1 - Red Valley 1.638 FPS
CPU2 - Red Valley 2.38 FPS
1 - Canyon Flight (SM 3.0) 48.468 FPS
2 - Deep Freeze (SM 3.0) 55.278 FPS
In XP 32 bit it scored 12,788
For your info, my CPU running Prime 4 cores, after 8 hours with closed case I have:
I'm at 3402 MHz G0 stepping at 1.3625 Volts using a ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme with an OCZ silver thermal paste (I don't remember the exact name).
Ok, I think like you guys have been saying, it may be my cpu throttling back due to high temp. I ran FEAR again with a 2.8ghz overclock on my cpu. And I received an average of 32 fps. But at 2.8ghz here is my idle temps
Core Temp: 0.95.4
Core 0: 75C
Core 1: 68C
Core 2: 67C
Core 3: 68C
Then when I load Prime95 and FEAR for a few minutes, here is what I get.
Core 0: 83C
Core 1: 73C
Core 3: 72C
Core 4: 77C
Could these temps be throttling back my CPU and bottlenecking my GPU?