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VERY Low 3dmark06 Score

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March 5, 2008 10:00:11 PM

I just put together a new build consisting of:
Pentium 4 631 3.0Ghz stock (until 45nm quads come out)
EVGA 9600GT Superclocked
mushkin 2x2GB DDR2 800 CAS 5
Gigabyte EX38-DS4
I got a 3dmark06 score of only 4453...! I understand my processor is a bottleneck, but I KNOW for a fact it shouldn't bottleneck my system this bad. Please help!
Running Vista Ultimate 64bit


Edit: Also, which one is PCI-E slot #1? the one higher up (closer to the CPU) or the one lower down (closer to bottom of case lol)? Someone said his video card was in slot #2 and he got a higher score after putting it in socket #1.

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March 5, 2008 10:41:13 PM

Low end CPU...Low end video card....running Vista.........

Whats the issue here again?
March 5, 2008 10:55:22 PM

I'm not exactly running a 8600GTS with an old Pentium 4 Northwood... I should be getting at least 8k. The 9600GT is just below the 8800GT in performance, and when overclocked, can no doubt be just as good.
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March 5, 2008 10:59:07 PM

The one near the top(usually the highest slot) is #1 and will always be running at x16.

As for your score, the card is not that bad. Its not a low end its the same as a 8800GT in most respects but it does have half the shaders but yea something is holding you back.

Everything looks fine from your screenshot but I can't think of why. Even the CPU shouldn't hold you back that much.
March 5, 2008 11:07:31 PM

I just ran the two SM3 tests and I WAS GETTING A F***ING 22 FPS IN THE DEEP FREEZE, THIS IS SUCH A F***ING JOKE, 2200 SM3 SCORE, BUUUULLLLLLCCRAP!
March 5, 2008 11:48:54 PM

screw this im reinstalling windows xp 32bit, so ill have 3.25gigs of ram instead, at least xp doesnt hog up a terabyte of memory
March 6, 2008 12:46:56 AM

can you use cpu-z to verify pci express link is 16, and check nvidia set up panel, make sure AA and AF are disable.
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March 6, 2008 1:00:25 AM

extremepilot said:
screw this im reinstalling windows xp 32bit, so ill have 3.25gigs of ram instead, at least xp doesnt hog up a terabyte of memory


It isn't Vista. On my setup with a OC'ed GPU I scored 12320 and I use Vista Premium 32bit. There is just something not right with your system.
March 6, 2008 1:33:44 AM

Actually it's your processor that's bottlenecking you. Even the E2180 should be slightly faster than your processor.
March 6, 2008 7:45:23 PM

Vista was just frustrating for other reasons. I think it's nicer looking that XP, but I'm just too used to XP and I'm much more comfortable with it. I'm on XP now and I'll report how it performs a bit later.
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March 6, 2008 8:50:17 PM

extremepilot said:
Vista was just frustrating for other reasons. I think it's nicer looking that XP, but I'm just too used to XP and I'm much more comfortable with it. I'm on XP now and I'll report how it performs a bit later.


I understand why you are frustrated. When I first started using Vista there were a few things that urked me too. But now I have had it for 6 months and have yet to get a virus, spyware or even adware or anything for that matter which is nice. Once you get used to Vista it has its perks. I just love having WMC in it for movies.

I'm thinking though even in XP your score wont be much different. Maybe a 100-200 ppoint boost but that CPu is probably just holding you back big time.
March 7, 2008 3:14:59 PM

Hey, look at this:

Everest reporting that my video card is in port #2. Should I put it in the other socket and see if it reports as port #1??
March 7, 2008 3:51:08 PM

that score doesn't seem to make sense. I score about 3000 or so on a P4 2.6 and a 7600GT. there's no way that with your video card you can only score 1000 more than me. it must be that your card is not running at x16.


edit: no it is running at x16, so i can't think of a possible cause...
March 7, 2008 4:26:27 PM

Check for AA and AF in ntune. If these are turned on your score will be considerably lower.
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March 7, 2008 4:31:36 PM

you can try but it also shows it at full x16 so that more than likely wont be the problem.
March 7, 2008 4:31:37 PM

stridervm said:
Actually it's your processor that's bottlenecking you. Even the E2180 should be slightly faster than your processor.


The E2180 is quite a bit faster than his P4. When overclocked to 3ghz it is up to 3 times faster. No doubt his CPU is the bottleneck, but he is also dragging the boat anchor (Vista).
March 7, 2008 6:06:29 PM

the problem with your processor isn't just limited to the processor alone, extremepilot. you probably know this, but your CPU is holding back the entire system. the video card won't be performing at its full potential because it will likely be waiting on the CPU a lot of the time. expect your score to soar once you install a core2.
March 7, 2008 7:23:07 PM

Thanks. I overclocked it to 4.0ghz and sure enough it started to rise a significant amount. I have this CPU until I get the Q9450, so I might as well squeeze whatever I can out of it.
March 7, 2008 11:46:01 PM

you won't believe this, but a friend of mine improved a lot his 3dmark score by changing his card to the first PCIe slot. It was a similar config as yours, but a 8800GT instead of the 9600GT.
Your pic reveals that its running at X16, but I would try changing the card anyway, maybe its not the cause, but hey nothing to loose here.

I score 4200 3dmark06 on my old AGP, ATI 1950GT, Athlon 64 X2 4400@2.8Ghz
March 8, 2008 12:35:58 AM

I got a score of 5518 on 3dmark06 with AMD 6000+ and Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTX :ouch:  . I got a slight feeling 3dmark06 doesn't work correctly with Vista 64.
March 8, 2008 4:18:14 PM

I got a 9600gt too, at first my 3dmarkscore was only 7500 but I got it up to 8600 thanks to a 0.4 mhz OC of my E2160.

March 8, 2008 4:20:02 PM

ocguy31 said:
...Low end video card.


Not quite.
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