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10.5k 3DMark06, good for GTX & 6000+?

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February 18, 2008 1:18:45 PM

As per title really.
Having re-built my system two weeks ago, I benched it while it was fresh and new (as per spec in my sig. although I ran without 4Gb RAM, just 2Gb.) and got 10630 I think.
Seems a little low to me, I thought the GTX would have pushed a little bit further up.
I'm running the latest drivers for everything, at least as far as I can remember...
Any ideas, I'm not really familiar with 3DMark, just did it to see what came out.
I should add that was 1280x1024 with no filtering, again, as far as I remember :) 

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February 18, 2008 1:26:00 PM

Your CPU is limiting your score.
February 18, 2008 1:26:46 PM

With my current system: C2D 6750 @2.66ghz with 8800GTS 320 I scored 9343 on 3Dmark06. so I can imagine that you should be getting 12k or more with the 8800GTX
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February 18, 2008 1:33:13 PM

It sounds like your CPU is killing your score man. With a Core 2 Duo e6300 @3.4Ghz and a 3850 512 OC'd 750/2052, I'm able to score 10,428
February 18, 2008 1:34:02 PM

I'm running Vista SP1 with 8800GTS 320 overclocked to 576 core, 850 memory, and an E6850 at 3.6ghz. 2gb DDR2 800 mhz RAM at 5-5-5-18 - my 3dmark06 score is 10600.
February 18, 2008 1:51:28 PM

I think something else is wrong.

I have a 939 AMD X2 4200+ and a 8800GTS 512 and i can get 9500+

What is the CPU sub-score?
February 18, 2008 2:08:54 PM

Still MrsBytch, a 3850 512 OC'd still pales in comparison to a 8800GTX. It's most likely a bottleneck caused by the CPU.
My e6300 @2.8Ghz netted me a 9,890 score where as when overclocked to 3.4Ghz it gave me a score of 10,490ish

EDIT: @2.8 it was 9,453 and both of my tests are in Vista.
February 18, 2008 2:22:29 PM

I have a 8800 GTX and an X2 5200 overclocked to 3.0GHz with 2GB ram. So almost the same as you. And I get about 10500 also in 3DMark06. I'm running Vista currently but I only got about 100 more points under XP.
February 18, 2008 2:31:51 PM

Dont listen to MrsBytch, she/he is/are just a fanboy for AMD. The proc is limiting the full power of the GTX. My GTS 320 and E6750 get 9650 with Vista. Try different drivers. The first ones I had cut me out 500 points.
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February 18, 2008 2:51:42 PM

I have this same setup and yup thats normal and yup it is the CPU. While not a bad one can't keep up with current Intel junk if you overclock your 6000 to 3.1 or 3.2 if your lucky, watch the score jump a bit .. I also got lucky on my 8800 GTX as i can clock it to 650/1600/1066 above an Ultra but it only got me a 11,200 (I and betting this much over clock should net me more than 800 points in 3dmark 06 could be wrong) so I backed it down till I get an intel system but in reality this system will do me fine for a long while yet...
February 18, 2008 3:07:53 PM

Sorry, knew I forgot something!
I'm running under XP Pro 32-bit.
I did think it was a CPU bottleneck as the GTX should be able to push 12K+ I would have thought with say an E6750. :) 
I've only just rebuilt it, but I'm already thinking of a Phenom (when a suitably fast one arrives) and in the meantime 8Gb RAM and 3870X2's in CF. Which is a bit dumb when the oldest component out of this build is 6months old and the youngest a month.... :D 
Damn new components... ;) 
February 18, 2008 3:09:22 PM

I score 10.5 k in 06 with a 320 8800GTS and a Q6600 so it very well may be the processor. Then again, I didnt read ALL the posts :) 
February 18, 2008 3:10:54 PM

LukeBird said:
Sorry, knew I forgot something!
I'm running under XP Pro 32-bit.
I did think it was a CPU bottleneck as the GTX should be able to push 12K+ I would have thought with say an E6750. :) 
I've only just rebuilt it, but I'm already thinking of a Phenom (when a suitably fast one arrives) and in the meantime 8Gb RAM and 3870X2's in CF. Which is a bit dumb when the oldest component out of this build is 6months old and the youngest a month.... :D 
Damn new components... ;) 



You better get Vista 64 if you want to get X2's in CF . That will only work in vista and you'll need 64bit for the 8gb ram
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February 18, 2008 3:12:07 PM

I am currently running my fx-62 at 3.15 Ghz with a 8800gt running at stock. I am scoring 10898 with the same settings in 3dmark06.

So I dont think that you are very far off where you should be. If being top dog on 3dmark is your concern then sure, go ahead and get a c2d or quad.

Gaming wise I haven't found anything I can't handle.
February 18, 2008 3:31:37 PM

i feel so special that my e6600 and 8800gt can do 13425
Woo!!! :) 
a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2008 3:43:08 PM

That IS special!
February 18, 2008 4:04:26 PM

It s definitely your CPU killing your score. Try running 3DMark at 1680x1050 and you'll probably see that you wiil get the same score. If this happens, then you know it is your CPU. Or if you monitor doesn't support this resolution, try a lower one and you'll see that your score won't increase at all.

As for the guys claiming that Vista scores lower at 3dMark, my computer scores 70-120 points higher under Vista.
February 18, 2008 4:10:50 PM

Well first off for people comparing 38x0 cards to his score need to remember that radeons have always done well in synthetics such as 3dmark while not offering the same relative performance when it comes to real games. In addition I feel the cpu may be holding your score back but in the way many are thinking. Your 3dmark score is computer based on all your sub scores so while your cpu may be giving you a lower score in the cpu sub score that is prue processor it probably isn't actually holding back your graphics scores too much. The important thing to look at are the shader scores and then determine if the cpu truly presents an overall graphics bottleneck or just a bottleneck in the cpu score segment. This is why tom's has shader scores on it's vga charts and not the overall score.
February 18, 2008 4:14:03 PM

Yeah... ^^^^wut he said !
a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2008 4:28:55 PM

i had an fx 60 with an 8800gtx single card i got 9856 marks at default....when i added another gtx i got orbs top fx 60 score for 11532. so i think your score is certainly reasonible though it could be increased a little with a small over clock. the 8800 series bottle neck any cpu out there. when i got a qx9650 and added another (3rd gtx) card and i overclocked th3e cpu @3.6 fsb 1600 it i hit 18262marks (15617marks at default clocks) though its is in vista 64 unlike my other scores. anyways short story long 8800 always gain some from a higher clocked cpu, try giving yours a bump in speed.
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February 18, 2008 4:46:16 PM

terror112 said:
With my current system: C2D 6750 @2.66ghz with 8800GTS 320 I scored 9343 on 3Dmark06. so I can imagine that you should be getting 12k or more with the 8800GTX



I'm getting 12K with an 8800GTX, but my GTX is overclocked to 626MHz and my CPU is a Q6600 and I have 4 GB of RAM. I think the OP's score is normal.
February 18, 2008 4:50:32 PM

aevm said:
I'm getting 12K with an 8800GTX, but my GTX is overclocked to 626MHz and my CPU is a Q6600 and I have 4 GB of RAM. I think the OP's score is normal.

The highest I ever got on my Q6600 @ 3.15GHz with an 8800GTS 320MB 672/1050 was 13444. Is your cpu OCed?

I also think the OP's score is normal.
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February 18, 2008 5:00:00 PM

i just ran a single gtx on 3dmark under vista 64 stock everything on a qx9650 and got 12510marks. i think luke bird score is pretty much par for the course for his cpu.
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February 18, 2008 5:29:20 PM

Evilonigiri said:
The highest I ever got on my Q6600 @ 3.15GHz with an 8800GTS 320MB 672/1050 was 13444. Is your cpu OCed?

I also think the OP's score is normal.


No, the Q6600 is at stock for now. From what I've read on similar threads, I could probably get to 14K with a good OC.
February 18, 2008 7:16:01 PM

cah027 said:
You better get Vista 64 if you want to get X2's in CF . That will only work in vista and you'll need 64bit for the 8gb ram

Yeah, I know I'll need Vista 64 for 8Gb RAM (that's the thing that's putting me off!) But why would I want it for X2's in CF?
And thanks everyone, seems my (slight) concerns were unfounded.
I can't set the res any higher (I only have a 17" monitor) and I can't decide if I want a bigger monitor or what.... ;)  I use 19's & 22's at work, so I certainly see the benefit. But it is nice being able to run Crysis at full everything and get pretty nice FPS :D 
I have no interest in OCing my current machine though, so I think i'll wait until there is a faster Phenom and get an AMD 790 mobo in the meantime and perhaps a 3870X2 in preparation for another, in place of my GTX. :) 
February 18, 2008 7:43:06 PM

You'll want Vista 64 for two X2's because Crossfire X only works with Vista. And Vista 64 apparently performs better when you have 8GB ram anyway, since you can essentially eliminate your swap file from the hard drive.
February 19, 2008 8:27:37 AM

chedrz said:
You'll want Vista 64 for two X2's because Crossfire X only works with Vista. And Vista 64 apparently performs better when you have 8GB ram anyway, since you can essentially eliminate your swap file from the hard drive.

Oh right, don't remember ever having read that!
Many thanks, that's a consideration I'll need to look into... :) 
Swap File isn't really a problem for me, as 4Gb RAM is generally enough, but having the drives I do in RAID, swap file isn't that (relatively, of course :) ) slow.
Just need AMD to release a fast CPU to replace my 6000+ now!
February 19, 2008 12:19:47 PM

Fat chance on that happening for AM2.
February 19, 2008 12:30:52 PM

Quote:
As per title really.
Having re-built my system two weeks ago, I benched it while it was fresh and new (as per spec in my sig. although I ran without 4Gb RAM, just 2Gb.) and got 10630 I think.
Seems a little low to me, I thought the GTX would have pushed a little bit further up.
I'm running the latest drivers for everything, at least as far as I can remember...
Any ideas, I'm not really familiar with 3DMark, just did it to see what came out.
I should add that was 1280x1024 with no filtering, again, as far as I remember :) 
I think you need to do some tweaking. I scored 10,332 with my specs (in sig). Nothing fancy, everything stock.
February 19, 2008 1:40:13 PM

starcraftfanatic said:
Fat chance on that happening for AM2.

Thank you for a valuable reply.
I shall take that into consideration when I upgrade.
February 19, 2008 1:41:41 PM

rgeist554 said:
Quote:
As per title really.
Having re-built my system two weeks ago, I benched it while it was fresh and new (as per spec in my sig. although I ran without 4Gb RAM, just 2Gb.) and got 10630 I think.
Seems a little low to me, I thought the GTX would have pushed a little bit further up.
I'm running the latest drivers for everything, at least as far as I can remember...
Any ideas, I'm not really familiar with 3DMark, just did it to see what came out.
I should add that was 1280x1024 with no filtering, again, as far as I remember :) 
I think you need to do some tweaking. I scored 10,332 with my specs (in sig). Nothing fancy, everything stock.

Interesting, as most people seemed to regard my score as about what should be expected, so either yours is much higher for some reason, or mine is much lower...
How odd! :D 
February 19, 2008 1:42:07 PM

LukeBird said:
As per title really.
Having re-built my system two weeks ago, I benched it while it was fresh and new (as per spec in my sig. although I ran without 4Gb RAM, just 2Gb.) and got 10630 I think.
Seems a little low to me, I thought the GTX would have pushed a little bit further up.
I'm running the latest drivers for everything, at least as far as I can remember...
Any ideas, I'm not really familiar with 3DMark, just did it to see what came out.
I should add that was 1280x1024 with no filtering, again, as far as I remember :) 

your score is still high though, no worries :) 
February 19, 2008 1:44:00 PM

Are you using Vista perhaps? I'm still using XP, so maybe thats why my score is a little closer to yours.
February 19, 2008 1:51:34 PM

Nope, XP Pro 32 and as far as I remember all the latest drivers for everything.
Hopefully if I get the 3870X2's I can see what they'll push out :D 
February 19, 2008 2:18:32 PM

Probably 13-16k or so. :o 
February 19, 2008 2:23:00 PM

Yeah I was thinking along those lines :D 
Upgrade to a 790FX board and run my 6000+ until something suitably faster is out :) 
If I get this job I'm waiting for, that'll be my bonus ;) 
February 19, 2008 8:10:33 PM

I have an E6750 (stock)
eVga 8800GT(stock) I got 11100
February 19, 2008 9:28:36 PM

E6850 Stock
MSI P35 Neo2-FIR
MSI 8800 GT 512mb OC
Corsair PC6400 Cas 4 > 2x 1 GB dualchannel.
2x WD 320 16mb
Corsair 520 watt modular
Centurion 5

3Dmark 06 = 12166
3Dmark 05 = 18710
3Dmark 03 = 39722
3Dmark 01 = 54047
February 19, 2008 9:45:52 PM

Your scores are right. I got a tad over 7100 with my 4200+ and an 8800GT.
February 19, 2008 9:54:11 PM

Here is mine Q6600 stock/ 8800GTX stock, Vista64

3DMark Score = 11227 3DMarks
SM 2.0 Score = 4628 Marks
SM 3.0 Score = 4950 Marks
CPU Score = 3319 Marks

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Here is mine Q6600 @ 2.76 / 8800GTX, Vista64

3DMark Score = 11954 3DMarks
SM 2.0 Score = 4909 Marks
SM 3.0 Score = 5115 Marks
CPU Score = 3793 Marks

In XP pro32 I get about 400-900 higher score.

I believe your scores to be correct, your CPU is the bottle neck.
February 20, 2008 5:26:29 PM

In 06 I got 11482 on a 6400+ and an 8800GT overclocked. I got 11197 on stock 8800GT speeds. More info on my config is below.
July 6, 2008 1:16:29 PM

your score is completely WRONG.....

i have exactly the same system as you and i'm running vista and i score 14K-ish.... standard CPU and GFX.

small GFX-OC and i'm pushing 15K.

make sure you have the AA and AF set to "application controlled" in the card settings. if you have them set to 16x for example, 3dmark will run the test with the 16x setting.

so make sure they are set to application controlled in the nvidia settings, and then set what AA and AF you want to benchmark with in 3dmarks options.

i know if i have 8xAA and 8xAF my score drops to around 11K.
July 6, 2008 2:32:14 PM

cah027 said:
You better get Vista 64 if you want to get X2's in CF . That will only work in vista and you'll need 64bit for the 8gb ram



xp is fine for crossfire plus vista is crap file transfers are laughable and thats with SP1
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