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8800GT XFX Alpha dogs in SLI low 3dmark score

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April 14, 2008 6:51:13 PM

Hi guys i have same ASus P5N32-E sli motherboard with 2 x 8800GT XFX alpha dogs in SLI and 4 gigs OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 / 800 MHz / Reaper HPC Edition / Dual Channel
my 3dmark score is 13476 3DMarks. I have been told this is to slow for this configuration any thoguhts? CPU Entry Qaud CORE
April 14, 2008 7:19:13 PM

? who told you... i'd like to see their $3,500 computer good lord.
April 14, 2008 7:20:57 PM

your cpu score probably isn't that great, that score seems fine if you dont have a top of the line cpu..for reference i get 11000 with an E6300@2.8 and one 8800gt.
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April 14, 2008 7:26:29 PM

Depending on your CPU and what its running at, it seems about right for the setup. I have basically the exact same setup with slight OC's to default components. Granted C2Q's give much higher CPU scores than a C2D, but if your running a Q6600 @ stock... then your score will suffer. Try OCing your quad to 3ghz or higher and watch your score skyrocket.

Btw... 3D mark scores really are an e-peen business. All it does is show how well your system is configured. Overall system performance will have a bigger impact on score than just having 2 gfx cards and an OC'ed CPU.

I say, if your games run smooth, with no lag or artifacting.... who really cares much about 3dmark?
April 14, 2008 8:09:03 PM

folius said:
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I say, if your games run smooth, with no lag or artifacting.... who really cares much about 3dmark?


that the same question keeps coming to my mind whenever i c this "strange 3dmark score!" threads
a b V Motherboard
April 14, 2008 9:34:58 PM

folius said:
I say, if your games run smooth, with no lag or artifacting.... who really cares much about 3dmark?

:lol:  Then why have it in your sig?
April 15, 2008 9:08:33 AM

My CPU is Q6600 Quad core Still sounds to slow for me???
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a b V Motherboard
April 15, 2008 9:10:23 AM

iv got a Q6600 an xfx 8800Gt and 2gigs of Ocz platinum and im getting 13671 how can nrigos be getting 13476 with 2 cards???????
April 15, 2008 9:50:03 AM

Hell my Core 2 Quad (3.6ghz) + 1 8800GT(700mhz/1950mhz) scores 14500+. Something is wrong there. Most likely the CPU as when my graphics card was oced but not my processor I was getting about 12000.
April 15, 2008 11:38:08 AM

Does everyone else agree I should try another CPU and test????
April 15, 2008 12:01:10 PM

No... why take your computer apart because of an artificial score? what's your favorite game? Does (insert previous answer here) play well? If the answer to that is yes then just let well enough alone.
April 15, 2008 12:13:28 PM

Mousemonkey said:
:lol:  Then why have it in your sig?


Its a benchmark. Thats all. I could care less about getting my score higher and saying "I have a higher 3d mark score than you do!". Its just a comparison so when people like the OP of this thread have somthing to compare it to. Yes, it does say if somthing is wrong with your system if you have a low score compared to others with about the same setup... but getting a 1k score difference really doesnt show anything wrong with the system.
April 15, 2008 12:36:14 PM

folius said:
Its a benchmark. Thats all. I could care less about getting my score higher and saying "I have a higher 3d mark score than you do!". Its just a comparison so when people like the OP of this thread have somthing to compare it to. Yes, it does say if somthing is wrong with your system if you have a low score compared to others with about the same setup... but getting a 1k score difference really doesnt show anything wrong with the system.


Very true, 1K up or down is not that big a deal but 3Dmark06 is a good tool to get an indication if your rig is performing up to snuff compared to others similar to yours. It can point to fine tuning, or one or two slow components or some major problem.

In his case it sounds like SLI is not working. His score is good for one card on a Q6600 if not overclocked but should be close to 15,500-16,000 I would think with two. This has alerted him to the possibility of a major config error. So in this regard 3Dmark06 is a good tool.
April 15, 2008 1:41:02 PM

Mousemonkey said:
:lol:  Then why have it in your sig?


now thats an irony!!
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a b V Motherboard
April 15, 2008 2:54:20 PM

Whould swoping the cards make a diff......what do we need to do to get it working????? neeeed help guys
a b V Motherboard
April 15, 2008 4:51:38 PM

warezme said:
Very true, 1K up or down is not that big a deal but 3Dmark06 is a good tool to get an indication if your rig is performing up to snuff compared to others similar to yours. It can point to fine tuning, or one or two slow components or some major problem.

In his case it sounds like SLI is not working. His score is good for one card on a Q6600 if not overclocked but should be close to 15,500-16,000 I would think with two. This has alerted him to the possibility of a major config error. So in this regard 3Dmark06 is a good tool.

2 8800GT's and an E6850 @3.0ghz = 13,500ish so I still think the OP's score is about right with a Q6600 @ 2.4ghz.
April 15, 2008 5:20:57 PM

Mousemonkey said:
2 8800GT's and an E6850 @3.0ghz = 13,500ish so I still think the OP's score is about right with a Q6600 @ 2.4ghz.


hmmm, I may be overestimating his performance than. I would have thought it would be much higher, anyone else have a similar setup?
April 21, 2008 3:12:08 AM

It sounds low. I had a E6750 @ 3.6 ghz, and a 8800gt @ 750 Core and it got 13700 in 3DMark06.

Sli 8800GT's should be higher then that. Sounds like his SLI isnt working.



I also would like to add,

3DMark06 is not only fun to benchmark against friends, you can also compare performance of each others computer as a function of cost.

For example,

I do believe Folius posted and his 3DMark06 score was 14000 or so. He has 2 8800GT's, compared to my new system, with one 8800GTS, and I get 15,400.

Catch my drift?
April 23, 2008 1:10:00 PM

SO any idea how to test SLI i enable them in Nvidia panel ? any other place or setting i should be loking at ???/
a b V Motherboard
April 23, 2008 1:33:23 PM

Come on people, I see everyone who has a Quad processor overclocked to hell telling him his score it too low.
These kind of threads quickly turn into a e-peen bragging fest.
"Well I get 13 trillion e-peener big booby marks with my setup"

At stock CPU speed, your 3D mark score is about normal for your setup.

If you are overclocking your quad to 3.0 or more, like most of the people who are going to respond to this thread do, then your mark is lower than most.
April 23, 2008 1:54:29 PM

espslyxerx2 said:
I also would like to add,

3DMark06 is not only fun to benchmark against friends, you can also compare performance of each others computer as a function of cost.

For example,

I do believe Folius posted and his 3DMark06 score was 14000 or so. He has 2 8800GT's, compared to my new system, with one 8800GTS, and I get 15,400.

Catch my drift?

Not really useful for that unless you all have identical mobo/CPU/RAM (and timings & latencies)/OS etc.
My video cards (even one) is stronger than yours, but my system scores significantly lower in 3DMark (13k, as per sig) compared to yours. When one GTX would be enough to beat a GTS (assuming your GTS isn't running at some insane clocks! :lol:  ), and SLi'd GTXs would be able to beat any GTS :D 
a b V Motherboard
April 23, 2008 5:44:13 PM

nrigos said:
SO any idea how to test SLI i enable them in Nvidia panel ? any other place or setting i should be loking at ???/

Nvidia control panel > 3D Settings > Enable SLI Visual Indicators. Now you should have a double ended green bar on the left hand side of your screen flickering away whenever both cards are being used.
April 24, 2008 8:48:45 PM

LukeBird said:
Not really useful for that unless you all have identical mobo/CPU/RAM (and timings & latencies)/OS etc.
My video cards (even one) is stronger than yours, but my system scores significantly lower in 3DMark (13k, as per sig) compared to yours. When one GTX would be enough to beat a GTS (assuming your GTS isn't running at some insane clocks! :lol:  ), and SLi'd GTXs would be able to beat any GTS :D 



I wouldnt say insane clocks, pretty standard, 800 Core, 1950 shader, 1053 memory.

But if your getting only 13k in 3dmark06, its sounds like your getting bottle necked somewhere.

And my specs are as follows, E3110 @ 4.2 GHz, 4 x 1gig Crucial Ball. @ 940 55512 2t, and a X38 Gigabyte MB.

I would be disappointed with myself if I was only getting 13k in 3dmark06 with dual GTX's lol.

Lets compete with systems.

Any other benchmark or game you wanna compare FPS with? Say...oo I dont know, Crysis?

Again, 3Dmark06 lets you compare systems performance as a function of cost. If you bought your GTX's a while ago, I could have built my entire system for the same price.

Hopefully that made sense.
April 25, 2008 8:04:06 AM

espslyxerx2 said:
I wouldnt say insane clocks, pretty standard, 800 Core, 1950 shader, 1053 memory.

But if your getting only 13k in 3dmark06, its sounds like your getting bottle necked somewhere.

And my specs are as follows, E3110 @ 4.2 GHz, 4 x 1gig Crucial Ball. @ 940 55512 2t, and a X38 Gigabyte MB.

I would be disappointed with myself if I was only getting 13k in 3dmark06 with dual GTX's lol.

Lets compete with systems.

Any other benchmark or game you wanna compare FPS with? Say...oo I dont know, Crysis?

Again, 3Dmark06 lets you compare systems performance as a function of cost. If you bought your GTX's a while ago, I could have built my entire system for the same price.

Hopefully that made sense.

Sorry, my 'insane clocks' comment was to say that one of my GTXs should be able to beat a GTS, unless said GTS was at insane clocks, whereas SLi'd GTXs would be able to beat GTS(s).
I am bottlenecked, but only in 3DMark, in game I don't really have any problems (although perhaps Physics in Crysis is affected by my CPU). Your CPU is a spanking new 45nm heavily OCed, whereas my CPU is 9months old (but a far older 90nm design) and stock. I'm not disappointed with my system as I knew in 3DMark i'd be heavily CPU-limited. Both my GTXs were 2nd hand (but I'm the first registered owner on both with XFX :D ) so the cost wasn't enormous. They were expensive, but not 'new GTX' expensive! My PC would probably have cost far more than yours just because of the HD's that are in it. I don't see the benefit of RAID 0 all the time, but when I do, it's blindingly quick! :lol: 
April 25, 2008 11:58:42 AM

Sooooo, why dont you OC your GTX's?

Its so ridiculously easy, not to mention it does make a noticeable difference. Well, maybe only in Crysis because every other game is already maxed out at the highest settings and FPS lol. Heck, OC the CPU also, OC'ing takes all of a couple solid hours to get the settings right, stress testing is what takes a long time.

What do you think?
April 25, 2008 12:02:30 PM

espslyxerx2 said:
Sooooo, why dont you OC your GTX's?

Its so ridiculously easy, not to mention it does make a noticeable difference. Well, maybe only in Crysis because every other game is already maxed out at the highest settings and FPS lol. Heck, OC the CPU also, OC'ing takes all of a couple solid hours to get the settings right, stress testing is what takes a long time.

What do you think?

Thought about it, but to be honest until I get my new monitor I won't know if I have any problems running games at max detail at high res (1920x1200 on a 24"). I quite fancy a 9850BE for some OCing, but I can't really see any point on my 6000+. :D 
April 25, 2008 12:34:58 PM

Bah, you dont have the OC bug yet. Once it bites, you wont be able to think about anything else :pt1cable: 

hahahah
August 16, 2008 11:19:25 PM

Hey guys, I am fairly new to the whole world of tweaking a pc to get the maximum performance from a "perfect"
configuration. Heres what i got:

Intel Q6600 at stock (2.4 ghz) clock speed.
Two EVGA 8800GT OC edition (650 core clock) in SLI
4 gb of OCZ Ram at 80 mhz
Asus 680i P5N32-E SLI Motherboard

With all of these specs at factory settings and clocks, i am getting 12800 in 3dMark06

Before the second video card i was getting 11680.

I recently purchased a 2nd video card to up my FPS in FS2004, i am a flight simmer, and
for overall graphic upgrades.

Does anyone have experience or suggestions to get the most out of my investment?

I appreciate any input!!!


---Tom
August 16, 2008 11:20:31 PM

Hey guys, I am fairly new to the whole world of tweaking a pc to get the maximum performance from a "perfect"
configuration. Heres what i got:

Intel Q6600 at stock (2.4 ghz) clock speed.
Two EVGA 8800GT OC edition (650 core clock) in SLI
4 gb of OCZ Ram at 80 mhz
Asus 680i P5N32-E SLI Motherboard

With all of these specs at factory settings and clocks, i am getting 12800 in 3dMark06

Before the second video card i was getting 11680.

I recently purchased a 2nd video card to up my FPS in FS2004, i am a flight simmer, and
for overall graphic upgrades.

Does anyone have experience or suggestions to get the most out of my investment?

I appreciate any input!!!


---Tom
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