hey guys i recently built a new system with the following spec.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66ghz
2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz CL5 RAM (now up to 4gb but have not re-benchmarked)
2x250GB Seagate ST620......AS
BFG 8800GTS 640mb OC 550mhz/1300mhz and 1900mhz Mem Speed
Vista Home Premium x64
Now after running 3dmark on its default test settings, i'm only getting scores of just over 9000 after i overclock the core and memory about 30mhz and the mem speed by about 30mhz. Comparing it to other results that other people are getting, with similar systems, there are some suggestions that my PC is underperforming. Does this sound right?
If so where should i start checking because i've been checking graphics card and processor and they seem to be operating at the correct speeds according to BIOS and software i've used to test it. All 4096MB of RAM is bieng read. The only thing i do remember that could have gone wrong, is when building and testing, i got one spark from the motherboard. Other than that there's no other reason why its underperforming (if it is?)
I think that Vista may be leeching those last few points from you my friend. I score just over 10k with my setup.
You can try disabling / uninstalling any unnecessary services and applications to reduce the idle PF and CPU usage. That may bring your score up a bit. *edit* Since I'm guessing you benched @ 1280x1024, you may do better with a CPU OC than a GPU OC. Below 1680x1050 is more CPU bound.
Yeah, I get a higher score in Vista but my CPU runs at 3.6, even though the card is a 320mb 8800gts.
3dmark disables Aero when you run it, so there ain't much you can do with disabling stuff to increase the score. And messing around with 3d settings in nvidia control panel is like lying to yourself. After all a 3dmark score i only valid if run with default settings.