Even a quad won't break 4FPS in the CPU test, it isn't supposed to run fast as the CPU is not designed to render 3D scenes quickly. However, even a fraction of a frame per second faster adds alot to the CPU score, and this will affect your overall score by quite a bit. I doubt you will notice games are much slower though, except heavily multi-threaded games (of which there are none).
looking at the orb for a bit, i searched for core 2 duo between 2800 and 3200m mhz and for the most part cpu scores were between 2500 and 2800. a quad would help quite a bit, i get around 4400 cpu at 3.0 ghz. my overall score is a little over 13k with a gt overclocked.
overclock ur gts a little bit, youll get well into 12k easily. i saw an overall score of 16k+ with an e6600 at 3ghz getting 2461 cpu, but with a GTX. you should be able to do a lot overclocking that card.
EDIT: nvm, somethings up with that score i mentioned. theres a link to it below, his canyon flight framerate cant be right. i compared his score to mine and i actually beat him in the other parts or was within 1.5fps. but he gets a shader model 3 score of 12k+? can people hack 3dmark scores, forgive me for being out of the loop if thats the case. http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=2458884
can people hack 3dmark scores, forgive me for being out of the loop if thats the case.
Perhaps. You can save the scores in a project file that can be uploaded later. If one were able to find the scores in that, you may be able to upload a false score. I assume Futuremark would have some kind of integrity checking on the files though.
EDIT: I just noticed that in the link you provided above the guy got nearly 200FPS in canyon flight. That is absolute BS.