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Serious 9600GT Problems

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 12, 2008 2:04:46 PM


This is my new build which is having some serious issues running any 3d.

Core2 Quad 9450 2.66GHz
Vista (32) SP1
4GB ocz Platinum (2x2Gb) DDR3 1066MHz
Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R rev2.1
Gigabyte 9600GT 512Mb PCI-e 2.0
500w ocz stealthxstream
2 x seagate barracuda 160Gb - Raid 0
1TB Western Digital

Should be fairly quick but im only getting a horrible 1100 score on 3d mark 06
CPU score was 3995

This system should definatly be 12k+

What could be wrong? Faulty GPU? Its running at 53deg idle.

All help greatly appreciated


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June 12, 2008 2:26:35 PM

Go to Nvidia web site download, and save to desk top, driver for Vista.
From control panel uninstall ALL video card drivers. Reboot
Install from desk top saved driver. Reboot and run 3dmark06 (no AA)
June 12, 2008 2:51:21 PM

Keep in mind the settings for 3dmark, higher resolution or any other aa settings will severely cripple the score. The "common" benchmarks are based on default settings.

Also yes, make sure you get the most recent drivers for your motherboard and video card.

If none of those help, try another benchmark, like 3dmark 05 or 03 see if you get the same results.

Usually grahpics have issues other then just slow performance if there is somethign wrong with the card itself. Like display corruption or system instability while playing games.
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June 12, 2008 3:05:01 PM


I uninstalled the driver and restarted. Reinstalled the latest driver from nvidia website. No luck - still running at 2-4fps. (aa off) all settings at default

There are some settings in bios - but even on the standard settings this should be doing something good.
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2008 3:31:13 PM

did you plug a power cable into the 9600gt?
a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2008 3:41:40 PM

3DMark 06 is not the best benchmarking utility. Results can vary widely.
Try 3DMark Vantage.