Need urgent help! low 3dmark06 score with 8800GT

Hey, just got my 8800 GT yesterday but im getting crap scores. 3dmark06 score is 7446, am i not suppose to get atleast 11000? what is going on? i tried it in both vista and xp and i get around 7000. even my old 7900 GTX can do 6000. can anyone help me?

specs are:

core 2 duo e6600 2.4ghz
2gb ram
8800 GT
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  1. Huh? No way you should getting 8000-9000. Not 11000.
  2. It is contingent upon a few things, not merely your graphics card. I had seen somthing around those lines but that was with a high end intel quad which would boost your 3dmark06 cpu score quite a bit higher. I think that will account for some of the difference. Plus you also, at least according to your tag, are running your core 2 at stock 2.4 ghz which seriously hinders the performance. Need to pump that up a little dood
  3. Use futuremarks comparison tables to compare your score with other people with the same configuration. Only then will you know if you are under achieving.

    Try overclocking your cpu. Most of the benchmarks of the 8800gt were run with C2Q's at about 3ghz. Your running a C2D at 2.4ghz.
  4. If you want a comparison here is what I scored when I ran it today on the new system I finished building. I've not touched anything away from the stock settings or factory OC

    AMD 5200 x2
    2gig pc6400
    evga superclocked 8800GT

    3DMark Score 9531 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4334 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 4787 Marks
    CPU Score 1976 Marks
  5. Your right about 11000. Seen more that 3 E6600/88GT scores on that level. 10762 here.
    E6600
    8800GT @ 715/2050

    Whats your PSU? Make sure you have PCIe on x16 in the bios.
  6. Ya All the reviews you saw were probably overclocked. My e2180 at 3.3 scores 2770 for the cpu score and it cost me $89. Cant wait to get a Evga superclocked 8800GT.
  7. Zer0xChan said:
    If you want a comparison here is what I scored when I ran it today on the new system I finished building. I've not touched anything away from the stock settings or factory OC

    AMD 5200 x2
    2gig pc6400
    evga superclocked 8800GT

    3DMark Score 9531 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4334 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 4787 Marks
    CPU Score 1976 Marks

    AMD 5000 x2
    3gig pc5300
    evga superclocked 8800GT
    9169
  8. If you really have a low score, it's to do with the PSU. For some weird reason, some 8800gt or PSU aren't communcating properly and distributing enough power to the card. If you have another PSU lying around, give that a try.
  9. I'm getting the same problem and have nearly the same specs:

    q6600 g0 3.2ghz /w ultra 120 ex
    bfg 8800gt /w hr03-gt
    2GB pc6400 supertalent oc with 4-4-3-8 @900mhz @2.1v
    xfx 680i lt sli mobo
    antec sp-500 modular psu

    I get an average of ~50 fps on everything except the "red valley" [it looked like a strategy game with really crappy graphics] sim, where it gets ~1.5 fps. I'm getting around 12000 3dmarks running on a 1200*1024 monitor. Weird! :heink: And this is clearly not a psu problem since I can run plenty of other games fine [cod4, crysis, tf2, unreal3, couple others]. And yes, the 500 watt psu is plenty, as long as I don't OC the 8800gt.
  10. Im getting ~12.2k in 3dmark06 with my rig (see sig)....

    As I have said in every other thread like this... 3dmark is a BENCHMARK! Go play games.... stop worrying about it. If your games run fine, your benchmark score means nothing. Sure, if your games are running at 20fps when everything is turned to low, maybe you have a problem.... but if you run fine inside of games, does it really matter what your benchmark score is?
  11. gahleon said:
    It is contingent upon a few things, not merely your graphics card. I had seen somthing around those lines but that was with a high end intel quad which would boost your 3dmark06 cpu score quite a bit higher. I think that will account for some of the difference. Plus you also, at least according to your tag, are running your core 2 at stock 2.4 ghz which seriously hinders the performance. Need to pump that up a little dood


    He should be getting alot more than 7,500 3d marks. I get 6498 with a 7900gt @ 700/850 and a core 2 duo @ 2.1 something ghz (e6400 speed). Maybe hes got his res and aa on though, i get my score at 1152x864 with no aa.
  12. res and aa on high i meant, sorry
  13. Im hoping all of you are using default settings before you even consider comparing results...
  14. a3ph said:
    I'm getting the same problem and have nearly the same specs:

    q6600 g0 3.2ghz /w ultra 120 ex
    bfg 8800gt /w hr03-gt
    2GB pc6400 supertalent oc with 4-4-3-8 @900mhz @2.1v
    xfx 680i lt sli mobo
    antec sp-500 modular psu

    I get an average of ~50 fps on everything except the "red valley" [it looked like a strategy game with really crappy graphics] sim, where it gets ~1.5 fps. I'm getting around 12000 3dmarks running on a 1200*1024 monitor. Weird! :heink: And this is clearly not a psu problem since I can run plenty of other games fine [cod4, crysis, tf2, unreal3, couple others]. And yes, the 500 watt psu is plenty, as long as I don't OC the 8800gt.


    Nearly the same specs ?
    A Q6600 with a 30% oc is far from nearly the same as a stock E6600.
    "red valley" is a cpu test, the low fps there is normal.
    Does anybody remember how to post the link for thier score? It can be helpful when trying to determine why score's are low.
    http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=3608989
  15. i'm getting just below 9000 with my EVGA 8800GT superclocked. did you go from an ati card to nvidia? If so, you should try using driver cleaner pro to remove ALL of the ati stuff. even when I did this with mine, I still had some driver issues(I don't know why but I just did) I wiped my hdd and reinstalled windows to overcome the driver issues.

    athlon64 x2 3800+@2.3GHz
    2 gig ddr2667
    8800GT
    500W powersupply (28amps on 12Vrail)
  16. Even though 3DMark is benchmarking it can help you identify if you have your system set up properly. Driver conflicts and congested or conflicts in the registry and background programs tying up available resources do affect performance and reflect in subpar scores.
  17. 512
  18. I had the same problem with a friends computer I recently made. The first time I ran teh test he got 12500 then all of the sudden it was 8000-9000. I upped the fan speed from the default 29% to 55% and that solved the problem. Seems that the card was getting to hot and was under performing.

    Computer Specs
    E6850
    Asus Maximus Formula
    2 gigs ddr2 800
    50 gig hd
    Evga 8800 GT Superclocked
  19. I get 11108 with the rig in my signature. My 3600+ even got 8000+ with the 8800GTS..

    Your score is really low. Make sure your driver is set to performance and that all background tasks (anti-virus, etc) are turned off and see if that gets you the score you are looking for.
  20. Dear God I really gotta figure out what my problem is... you think you've got it back. I score 6000 points with 3dMark06 with my rig (see sig)

    Weird thing is with my 7950GT I almost got the same score, just a little lower. But before I switched over to my 8800GTS (G92) my scores dropped by 22% for some reason then when I put in this card my score was only 6000, really should be ALOT higher... I know it's a setting somewhere, bloody vista!.. That or maybe the PSU problem someone mentioned above. However I have a 600W powersupply which isn't all powerful anymore but should be able to handle this load. Then again I have 8 HDDs on a RAID controller now which eats up alot of power.

    Ugh driving me crazy!
  21. O dear that is bad.... with OC'ing mine reaches 14k 3dmark06 no prob.

    Btw a word of warning these cards die if you use them at 2ghz memory for too much time.

    There is a lovely BIOS voltmod you can do which can increase your max overclocks on core for example by 40mhz same with shaders.
  22. Hatman said:
    O dear that is bad.... with OC'ing mine reaches 14k 3dmark06 no prob.

    Btw a word of warning these cards die if you use them at 2ghz memory for too much time.

    There is a lovely BIOS voltmod you can do which can increase your max overclocks on core for example by 40mhz same with shaders.

    Yes I know it's not too good, but Q6600 vs X2 5000 = no contest (bios locked-can't o'c)
    Normal use I run 650/1625/1900 (stock)
  23. guys i bought my 8800 (g92) 512 today got a 3dmark 06 of 11001 stock settings i am stoked :)
  24. neisonator said:
    guys i bought my 8800 (g92) 512 today got a 3dmark 06 of 11001 stock settings i am stoked :)

    That's what o'cing your cpu will do for you, good score.
  25. 3DMark06 basic edition
    3DMark Score 10070 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4752 Marks
    SM 3.0 Score 5038 Marks
    CPU Score 2010 Marks
    E6600 2.4 no OC, 800 speed Gskill 2gb
    EVGA 8800gt 512mb 650 speed 'factory OC' only
    gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R
    This board/cpu/mem OC's to 320FSB (about 2.9ghz)
    with 950 mem without trying. Will go much higher if
    i reduce multiplier had it to almost 500 (memory hits wall)
    qpack2 case and PS
  26. neisonator said:
    guys i bought my 8800 (g92) 512 today got a 3dmark 06 of 11001 stock settings i am stoked :)



    I think I hate you... LMAO!

    Ugh.. Man no idea why I'm getting killed on 3dmark06!...

    What OS are you running? Dual monitor? Any OS tweaks?

    Why in Gods name am I only getting 6000 points with this system lmao... *sigh*

    /frustrated.
  27. hey, ive been getting the same problem as you, and its not limited to 3d mark. What chipset does your motherboard use? - i think the problem is crappy driver support for anything that isnt the newish motherboards. Im also very sure the crap scores arent due to PSU issues, ive tried swapping mine out with no differance.

    btw, when you next run 3dmark can you tell me whats displayed about your card? mine was telling me it has no clock speed.
  28. Well I found one fix but it only seems to work for XP or maybe for a different version of drivers than the current ones. That fix is in the bios the Nvidia GPU EX setting needs to be turned off. When I did that while in XP my score went from 6000 to 10500. VERY happy for that find. However I just went back to vista with that setting again turned off and it didn't work for me. =\

    As far as what 3dmark tells me my speeds are...

    VGA Memory clock, Core clock, and the max on those are all reading 0.0Hz lol
  29. Oh and using the Nforce 590SLI (AMD) chipset
  30. Well just tried the same video drivers I had when I got the 10500 score in XP, no luck still getting a terrible score.

    Guess I'll try some different mobo drivers. Really running out of ideas here though. I've tried everything it seems like. Just missing something important I guess.
  31. I think I will be getting an EVGA 8800GT at the beginning of the year. I will post my new scores then, maybe that will be helpful.
  32. dont hate me thats not fair :(
  33. neisonator said:
    dont hate me thats not fair :(


    So what's different between your setup and mine? Because I should be scoring right up there with you...

    Xp or Vista?
  34. whoa thanks, im gunna try switching GPU EX off now... since i use XP...

    weird thing is i can never remember switching it on, i just recall looking at it and going i should check that out sometime.
  35. ok i just checked it out, it was already disabled, but for the hell of it i switched it to auto, no differance. Are you sure having it as disables was what fixed it for XP? What drivers were you using when you tried this?
  36. 169.06 was what I was using when I tried it.

    Benchmarked at 6000 rebooted switched that off, benchmarked at 10500.

    I've learned to never give 100% for sures with computers so I won't say I'm positive but I'm pretty close.
  37. right on, il check that out now - il get back to you soon...
  38. Well you're going to love this. I wanted to make sure I was giving you the right info so... I plugged in my old raid array again and booted of XP to varify my findings... I can't get that score again stuck at 6000 all over again. Can't for the life of me get it back up to 10k so now I'm really freaking out because I thought I had the problem isolated to Vista and clearly I don't.

    Ugh I litterally wrote done all changes I made and I have followed that to the letter and still can't duplicate my results this just isn't making any sense
  39. Hmm what do we have so far?

    Not PSU ( I can confirm that as well took out my raid and the 8 drives to go with it and used my PSU tester on every hookup you can think of.)

    Not memory

    Not Video card since I have gotten the 10500 score before

    In fact I'm pretty sure it's not hard ware at all since I've gotten the 10500 before.

    Not Vista or XP

    Not drivers atleast not the last 3 that have come out or betas

    I'm pretty sure I've tried every dang setting you can possibly imagine in the control panel as far as aa/af/and all the rest that are in there.

    All I can think of is some wierd setting inside the OS.

    SO LOST it's silly lol
  40. Well restored my bios to factory defaults and I've got my performance back, for XP atleast. Vista I'm sure will be another story going to have to reinstall my raid controller and hard drives and boot up vista and see how it goes.
  41. mmm this is fairly ridiculous hahah, im gunna try out what you said and if it doesnt work just deal with poor performance until NVIDIA decides to bring out a fix....
  42. Sometimes when the electricity goes off or my PC suddenly shut down for any reason, my BIOS setting get adjusted magically!!!

    It does indeed hurt the over all performance of your hardware, specially your VGA card.
  43. You should also be aware that alot of reviews are using a QX9*** so that's got alot to do with it too.
  44. Tried the 169.06 drivers, with EX off, still bad... gunna try default settings like you said.
  45. Ahhhhhh still no improvement, what BIOS version are you using? and what revision of the boards drivers? (in darth vader voice) Without this information, my plans to have this station fully operational may be jeopardized.
  46. Idk what your exact situation is if you change motherboards though you gotta reinstall all of your OS for it to work properly.


    Use cpu-z to see how many pci-e slots u are using.
  47. its 16 out of 16. If it was only 1/16 it would be alot worse than it is. Im not using Vista, but yeah, i swapped the card out onto a nforce 550 board i just put together for a friend - same deal, low performance in all games, and the clock speed isnt recognised in 3dmark. I think the most plausible conclusion is that its a driver issue for nforce 5 boards. It would explain the card working (about as well as a 7600), but not working to the capacity its specified for. Hopefully theres some kind of tweak we could use, rather than wait until nvidia get around to a definate fix - maverick seemed to be getting it going OK in XP before...
  48. Or if the same card didnt work properly in 2 boards its likely the card. Maybe the power connector is loose or something?

    Try it in an intel board.
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