Not sure if this belongs in Graphics Cards or Software, forgive if I posted incorrectly...
Since I got a BFG GeForce 8800GT over the weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to install/run 3DMark06, just to see how much the score improved from the last time I ran it w/ a GeForce 6600. Downloaded, downloaded the 1.1.0 patch, installed both. Ran the suite - 11400 score. I had some apps open at the same time (Outlook, iTunes, etc), so I decided to close them, reboot and try again, hoping for a few more marks w/ a higher CPU score. Ran the suite - 4200 score. WTF? Ran the suite a third time, thinking it was a fluke - 3800 score. I'd love to think that the 11400 score was accurate, not the 4200/3800 scores. Any clue why the drop?
Hmm I'd say something to do with the patch; as it happened after a reboot. usually patches and changes like that occur AFTER a reboot. I'd say revert back to the older version you were using and give it a go. obviously it's not the card or anything like that, as you got a 11k score at first. After the reboot something changed, perhaps you installed software that needed a reboot aside from the patch?
Uninstalled ALL of 3DMark (app & patch), rebooted. reinstalled 1.10 app (no patch). rebooted. when I opened the app, it said my proc was running at 2734 MHz, even though I'm not overclocking at all. Ran the suite, posted a 3981 score. Noticed that the online results page said I was not using approved drivers. I'm on ForceWare 169.02; they only approve 158.22 (May 17, 2007). I've downloaded the driver, but I wouldn't expect that this driver which was published before the 8800 GT was manufactured would help my situation.
Don't think that was the issue. PCI-E speed was set to "Auto" in BIOS. I set it to 100MHz (what is the default bus speed for PCI-E 16x?), re-ran and got a 3998 score. I was hoping for 8000+ score, thrilled with my original 11K.
I set the PCI-e setting back to "Auto". Installed Oblivion, ran through the tutorial using medium settings at 1680x1050 resolution. Quality was excellent, cinematics seemed pretty smooth. n00b question - how do I capture the FPS? I've seen it done - do I need a separate app, or is there a setting w/in the game that I can turn on? Where can I get the bench suites THG uses for reviews?