3DMark06 score drops 60% after reboot?

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?

C2D E6600 @ stock
Gigabyte P965-DS3 mobo (F12 BIOS)
2x Seagate 320GB SATA
2 GB Crucual XMS DDR2-800 @ stock, CAS5
BFG GeForce 8800GT OC (625MHz core, 1566 shader)
SB X-Fi ExtremeMusic
Antec P180
Antec NeoHE 550 PS
Seagate FreeAgent 750GB (USB)
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  1. 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?

    Hope this helps.
  2. 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.
  3. check that the PCI-E settings in the bios haven't been defaulted to the lowest?
  4. 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.
  5. That is very weird...

    try other applications. run a game and post the frames per second. It might just be an issue with 3DMark06. Hmmm...not to sure. But I'd say don't even install that patch. try that as well.
  6. 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?
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