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3DMark 06 Score WTF?!

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March 28, 2008 3:07:09 PM

Just bought my brand new 3870 and...
My 3DMark 06 score : 6200 ????

How is this possible?

My specs:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 HT 3.20GHz
Sapphire Radeon 3870 512MB ( single slot blue edition)
MBO Fatal1ty AAX8E
Crucial Balistix 4-4-4-12 4GB ( shows 3.25GB)
Seageate 250GB and Seagate 150GB
Direct X 9.0c
Samsung 22" and 19"

I can't believe I got so low score...

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a c 169 U Graphics card
March 28, 2008 3:11:07 PM

Your CPU is holding u back mate
March 28, 2008 3:18:56 PM

I thought thats whats going on...
Do u have any sugesstions which CPU would fit fatal1ty mbo and be fast...
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March 28, 2008 3:30:32 PM

I get about the same score with a x2 4000 (OC'd to 2.35 ghz) and an OC'd 8600 GT.

What was your CPU score? Mine is around 1900. Even a small improvement in that score can make the final score go way up (from what I have heard).
March 28, 2008 3:55:58 PM

basketcase said:
I get about the same score with a x2 4000 (OC'd to 2.35 ghz) and an OC'd 8600 GT.

What was your CPU score? Mine is around 1900. Even a small improvement in that score can make the final score go way up (from what I have heard).


About your last statement, yes, your SM2/3 scores will change, even to say to a good extent if your cpu score goes up as well. @ OP BTW is HT enabled? Not sure if it'll make a difference though...I know the HT deal wasn't all that great of a technology...
March 28, 2008 4:35:53 PM

SM 2.0 = 2708
HDR/SM3.0 = 3553
CPU = 1013
March 28, 2008 4:40:58 PM

yup, cpu is the issue.. A quad will get about 4000
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2008 4:41:05 PM

well... i think the fatal1ty mobo is a lga 775? well either way i'd go with one of the core 2 duos... not the new wolfdales your mobo probably doesn't support them even with a bios update and the core 2 duos are sub 200 now... all of them... except the quads
March 28, 2008 4:50:11 PM

Reminds me a a situation at work. I have two computers that I run automated cad apps on. We process thousands of drawings. I have a P4 3.2ghz and a core 2 6550. The P4 will take 1 hour what the core2 does in 15 mins !
March 28, 2008 4:50:50 PM

Thats just a very few points over my 2 1/2 year old Optron 146 w/ 7900GT systems on my LAN (see my profile,have 7 on LAN).

Moving one to a 6000+ w/8800GTS (g92) gave me 12K score...everything stock.
March 28, 2008 4:51:58 PM

Yes its 775 and its HT enabled...

This is what it says about cpu specs:
- Designed for Intel® 90nm Pentium 4 LGA775 processors
- Supports 1066/800MHz FSB
- Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

So I guess that it doesnt support quad cpu-s...
a c 169 U Graphics card
March 28, 2008 4:54:23 PM

I though it was the FATAL1TY 650i SLI motherboard :( 
March 28, 2008 4:55:38 PM

No. Its Fatal1ty AAX8E... Its older mbo than FP-IN9 SLI...
I don't want to buy cpu and find out that its not supported by my mbo.
March 28, 2008 4:58:32 PM

Just wait for Nahelem and make old cpu go boom ! :)  j/k

Don't be too upset about it, you could have an old AMD 2400+ like me..
March 28, 2008 5:02:38 PM

:)  Yeah I know...
Kinda expected more with Radeon 3870 and 3.25 Gigs of RAM...
At least its better than my old X1600XT!
March 28, 2008 5:04:22 PM

How much room this cpu leaves for OC? I have abit software oc prog that oc it to 3.456Ghz... can I go higher?
March 28, 2008 5:04:25 PM

cah027 said:

Don't be too upset about it, you could have an old AMD 2400+ like me..


Ouch... I have my old 2600+ xp as my HTPC now. Great CPU in it's day, though.

To the OP, sounds like it is time for a full Mobo, CPU and Ram update. Hey, atleast you got the video card part of it out of the way.
March 28, 2008 5:08:15 PM

marin_martinovic said:
How much room this cpu leaves for OC? I have abit software oc prog that oc it to 3.456Ghz... can I go higher?


I doubt it, unless you do some major cooling, like water.
March 28, 2008 5:10:07 PM

How do your games perform? If you are satisfied with game performance then I wouldn't worry about your benchmark scores.
March 28, 2008 5:17:00 PM

San Pedro said:
How do your games perform? If you are satisfied with game performance then I wouldn't worry about your benchmark scores.


I was going to say that too, but I forgot. San Pedro is right, if the games you play run to your liking, that an upgrade isn't neccesarily needed. The benchmark numbers are fun to look at, but they aren't everything. Like I said, I get aroung 62xx points in 06, and it makes me jealous when I see all the 10k+ scores. But, I wait to upgrade, since all the games I play are running great at max or close to max settings. (It probably helps that my old CRT has a max resolution of 1280x1040 :ange:  ) Also, I haven't tried Crysis yet, so, I don't have that compulsion to make it run good either :na: 
March 28, 2008 5:23:14 PM

I can play Bioshock at 1280x800 with everything high smoothly...
And just finished Gears of war with everything high excepct texture detail which was on medium with no AA...
March 28, 2008 5:26:27 PM

Yea, I think your stuck with having a P4 90nm chip on that Mobo.

http://compare.intel.com/pcc/showchart.aspx?mmID=6235&f...

If you have the means, get a newer mobo (perhaps one that can support the wolfies and the Yorkies for a future upgrade path) and get the q6600 for now (bang for buck a great buy). You should be able to clear 10k in 3DMark06 no problem with your 3870 and a Q6600. Your mobo and cpu are the bottleneck. Any further attempts at OC'ing your current CPU will yield marginal gains at best.

By the way, what resolution were you running 3D06 at?
March 28, 2008 5:33:49 PM

I ran 3DMArk06 at 1280x1024... everything default...

SanPedro gave me idea so I did quick test with Crysis...
1860x1050... everything high... no AA...
SMOOOOTH... runs great....
March 28, 2008 5:37:51 PM

Well, maybe you can hold off then, until the wallet can justify the purchase.
March 28, 2008 5:39:41 PM

Sounds like you'll be able to squeeze some more life out of your rig. I don't forsee any games comming out until the end of the year that are going to be more system taxing than Crysis. At the end of the day, if its playable, thats all that matters. The 3D scores are really just for peeps that want to compare Epenis size anyway :) 

Cheers!
March 28, 2008 5:42:14 PM

I think I'll do that for now...
Thank you guys! If nothing I'm less envvy about 10k+ scores...
March 28, 2008 6:16:35 PM

A 3870 with a Q6600 @3.0Ghz gives you about a 12K score or 16200 if you have crossfire. As for playability all my games are much smoother with my quad than when i had a PD @ 4.0Ghz. A 3850 or anything higher needs a core2 to ensure there is as little of a bottleneck as possible. And yes my Epenis is 16200 marks long but i cant play crysis at a playable level. All other games are great with 4AA 16Ansio.
3Dmark ~16200 (Sm1 6320) (sm2 7815) (cpu 4302) need new mobo for better CPU oc.
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