I recently built a new rig and for graphics I baught a PNY geforce 9800GX2. It seems that I'm getting poor benchmarking performance (3DMark06 = 11500 marks and 3DMark vantage = 8500 marks). Based on what I read and people who have built similiar machines, I'm thinking there is a bottleneck somewhere. Does anybody have any suggestions? My specs are as follows:
DFI LANPARTY LT X38-T2R motherboard
Intel QCore 9300
Intel X38 NB, Intel ICH9 SB
8gb DDR2 1066 patriot memory (its only running at 800mhz)
PNY Geforce 9800GX2 (stock)
Vista 64bit with SP1
Latest NVidia drivers
Latest Intel drivers
Vista performance reports the ICH9 running in compatibility mode and says install the drivers, however I have the newest Intel drivers and it seems okay - this could be a vista issue. I'm not sure if its really in compatibility mode. Vista performance also asks I install the GX2 drivers but they are installed. I havent been able to resolve those issues - but I'm not sure there really is an issue there. I have the latest vista 64 drivers installed.
One of the clues that there is an issue is the fact that 3DMark06 performance does not change based on multi-GPU or multi-display. Obviously it should be using 2 cores for one and 1 for the other, so I'd think there should be performance changes.
I've disabled search indexing in vista as it destroyed my I/O performance.
Any suggestions would be appreciated... (does anyone know of different drivers I should be using or settings I need to tweak?)
Hi guys - thanks for the welcome and the quick responses.
grieve - I'm using a Hyper 880w PSU so the board should be getting plenty of juice. As for the driver, I'm at work right now so I cant check but I do believe I downloaded the latest driver. I will have to double check.
I actually havent had a chance to do any research in my games yet. I just built the rig and the first thing I wanted to do because I was curious was run both versions of 3DMark and since FPS looked low for my setup and my score seemed really low - I was kind of like, whats going on??
Later, I will try a variety of games and if the performance is still on the low end, I'll see if I can post some more info that may be able to help.