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Need urgent help! low 3dmark06 score with 8800GT

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November 21, 2007 7:08:07 PM

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
November 21, 2007 7:14:48 PM

Huh? No way you should getting 8000-9000. Not 11000.
November 21, 2007 7:28:52 PM

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
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November 21, 2007 7:32:10 PM

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.
November 21, 2007 7:40:24 PM

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
November 21, 2007 8:18:24 PM

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.
November 21, 2007 8:21:31 PM

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.
November 21, 2007 9:05:45 PM

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
November 23, 2007 10:10:05 PM

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.
December 20, 2007 5:27:29 AM

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.
December 20, 2007 10:56:20 AM

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?
December 20, 2007 11:13:01 AM

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.
December 20, 2007 11:14:24 AM

res and aa on high i meant, sorry
December 20, 2007 11:28:03 AM

Im hoping all of you are using default settings before you even consider comparing results...
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2007 11:48:13 AM

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
December 20, 2007 11:54:21 AM

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)
December 20, 2007 11:54:34 AM

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.
December 20, 2007 12:00:05 PM

512
December 20, 2007 12:02:13 PM

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
December 20, 2007 1:22:27 PM

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.
December 20, 2007 9:05:25 PM

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!
December 20, 2007 9:15:32 PM

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.
December 20, 2007 9:19:42 PM

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)
December 21, 2007 3:25:55 AM

guys i bought my 8800 (g92) 512 today got a 3dmark 06 of 11001 stock settings i am stoked :) 
December 21, 2007 3:31:39 AM

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.
December 21, 2007 4:45:40 AM

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
December 21, 2007 11:01:05 PM

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.
December 23, 2007 12:16:56 AM


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.
December 23, 2007 1:46:57 AM

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
December 23, 2007 1:59:59 AM

Oh and using the Nforce 590SLI (AMD) chipset
December 23, 2007 2:01:11 AM

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.
December 23, 2007 3:32:06 AM

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.
December 23, 2007 3:57:52 AM

dont hate me thats not fair :( 
December 23, 2007 4:32:35 AM

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?
December 23, 2007 5:00:54 AM


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.
December 23, 2007 5:12:36 AM


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?
December 23, 2007 5:16:10 AM

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.
December 23, 2007 5:20:13 AM


right on, il check that out now - il get back to you soon...
December 23, 2007 6:11:02 AM

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
December 23, 2007 6:32:34 AM

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
December 23, 2007 7:31:11 AM

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.
December 23, 2007 7:35:41 AM

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....
December 23, 2007 8:21:05 AM


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.
December 23, 2007 9:00:51 AM

You should also be aware that alot of reviews are using a QX9*** so that's got alot to do with it too.
December 23, 2007 11:46:54 AM


Tried the 169.06 drivers, with EX off, still bad... gunna try default settings like you said.
December 23, 2007 11:58:53 AM


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.
December 23, 2007 12:46:11 PM

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.
December 23, 2007 1:30:18 PM


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...
December 23, 2007 1:35:51 PM

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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