AMD X2 6400+ Low cpu score 3dmark06

I just recently put together this computer and having a hard time getting any games to run properly. I did a fresh install, updated all the drivers and have good temps under load (48C). Here is my 3dmark06 result.

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=4277829

I thought it might be a power supply problem so I purchased a 500W coolermaster, still the same issues. 3dmark06 runs great for a little arond 70 fps for the first test but periodically crawls to 2-3 fps. I can't even run a game like counter strike without having similar problems. The CPU test is abyssal.

I think I narrowed it down to the CPU because sandra cpu arithmetic tests indicate that my cpu performs far below the reference model. It's weird that it says my cpu is using 88W, when its max wattage is supposed to be 125W. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with the problem.. I'm just at a loss. Bad CPU? Need a better motherboard? I've been trying everything, any ideas?
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  1. Excuse me if I'm wrong but your 3dmark06 link shows you're running a Sempron 3200??
  2. keyoh said:

    I think I narrowed it down to the CPU because sandra cpu arithmetic tests indicate that my cpu performs far below the reference model. It's weird that it says my cpu is using 88W, when its max wattage is supposed to be 125W. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with the problem.. I'm just at a loss. Bad CPU? Need a better motherboard? I've been trying everything, any ideas?


    Hi mate,

    I've got dual Opterons in a server board so I am stuck at 2x 2.2Ghz (single core) with a Radeon X1950 Pro (512Mb) and I was getting way more than your 3D Mark score (can't remember exactly but nearly at 5000 I think).

    The Futuremark software isn't to great at guessing CPU models but it is showing yours at 3.2Ghz and dual core which should be right... The CPU score is totally wrong!!

    Maybe you could post up CPUz screenshots? Is your motherboard Bios up-to-date? What RAM are you running and what are the timings for this?

    Your motherboard model is getting mixed reviews on NewEgg (that is not so good...):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813131214
    What stepping and core is your CPU (CPUz)?? Try the latest BIOS perhaps?? I presume you are running Windows XP on there right? The reviews with Vista are not favourable!!


    Google is your friend (and all that...)

    Bob
  3. Here is the ram I purchased:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820134117

    I'm running them at default timings.






    I noticed my sandra score jumped a little bit, but not by much when I removed the graphics card and just ran off the integrated graphics.

    With 3870 installed:


    Removed 3870, just using integrated graphics:


    Figured it was a power supply issue so I upgraded to a 500W coolermaster. Here's the link:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171018&Tpk=cool%2bmaster%2b500
  4. These are obvious but I'm going to ask anyway. Have you installed the AMD cpu drivers? Have you installed the AMD dual core optimzer? Have you installed all the chipset drivers?
  5. This is the chipset driver I downloaded and installed:

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_630a_winxp2k_14.10.html

    I installed both the cpu driver and dual core optimizer, but no effect.
  6. There is something not going right there mate. This is my 4800x2 at stock.

    http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=1035121

    Overclocked to 2.9ghz it gets around 2300ish.

    Edit: I just noticed that in your first post you say that the cpu benchmark runs at about 1-2fps. Thats normal. A Q6600 max's at about 5fps. Have you tried reinstalling 3d mark because there is no reason why it doesn't recognise your cpu properly.
  7. Are both cores showing up in the windows task manager performance tab?
  8. Well I just called up asus and apparently my motherboard is only compatible up at the 5600+. Pretty cool of newegg not to list that.
  9. Yep. That's why I try to buy from other places like sidewinderpc and clubit.
  10. Sempron...is that the name for a budget workstation chip?

    I have seven systems with Optron 146 (2Ghz stock) with DFI Expert motherboards and G.Skill DDR1-500 ram....systems are all overclocked to 2.95Ghz 1:1 ratio on stock volts and have 7900GT for gfx....and they dust your scores.
  11. keyoh said:
    Well I just called up asus and apparently my motherboard is only compatible up at the 5600+. Pretty cool of newegg not to list that.


    Thats why even if you are buying from a place like NewEgg (I can't but cause I am based in the UK) but you always want to click on that little link that says 'view all reviews'!! Your MB was making quite a few people unhappy. It does look like it is designed for a HTPC setup (being uATX with integrated graphics) and not burning CPU rubber!! High end motherboards don't tend to have integrated graphics and sell for less than $100.00!! I mean you wouldn't drive a $100,000 Ferrari round to the mall to get your shopping would you?? Its horses for courses I'm afraid... :sol:

    Bob
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