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This 3D mark 06 score makes me sad!!!!!

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June 2, 2008 5:53:17 AM

Ok so I just finished running 3Dmark06 on my new build: Q9450 @ 2.6ghz, Xigmatek HDTS1283, GA-X48-DQ6, 4gb Corsair XMS2 C4, EVGA 7900 GT KO, XP home 32bit, seagate 7200.10 500gb sata 3.0gb/s. A pretty good system except for video card and OS, and I scored only 4408. What gives? Is my video card that bad? My old system: X2 4800+ @ 2.5ghz, DFI Lan party nForce 4, 2gb ram, EVGA 7900 GT KO, XP home 32bit scored 5049.

What do you think is the deal with that? I'm going to upgrade video card and also overclock in a little bit, but I figured that at least a baseline score would be considerably better than my old system.

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June 2, 2008 5:59:45 AM

You are running a 7900 with the build above you should have just spent 200 more and gotten a 8800 gts 512. Your GPU is more than likely bottlenecking your CPU. That is definitely the source of your low marks
June 2, 2008 6:15:58 AM

How does that explain the lower score with the new build than with the old? Everything else is superior including clock speed.

I understand my GPU is not adequate, I'm just waiting till the new cards come out from both manufacturers before upgrading that.
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June 2, 2008 6:23:57 AM

lol didnt read that part...I just kinda skimmed your post. Have you updated all of your drivers?
June 2, 2008 6:23:57 AM

sciggy said:
Ok so I just finished running 3Dmark06 on my new build: Q9450 @ 2.6ghz, Xigmatek HDTS1283, GA-X48-DQ6, 4gb Corsair XMS2 C4, EVGA 7900 GT KO, XP home 32bit, seagate 7200.10 500gb sata 3.0gb/s. A pretty good system except for video card and OS, and I scored only 4408. What gives? Is my video card that bad? My old system: X2 4800+ @ 2.5ghz, DFI Lan party nForce 4, 2gb ram, EVGA 7900 GT KO, XP home 32bit scored 5049.

What do you think is the deal with that? I'm going to upgrade video card and also overclock in a little bit, but I figured that at least a baseline score would be considerably better than my old system.

3DMark 06 runs 6 tests
2 tests of CPU and 4 tests of graphic card
So the big share of score is related to graphic card
Get 8800 GTS (512) and I bet all on stock speeds you'll hit 12000 score
a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2008 12:46:38 PM

I don't care bout those scores. If you still enjoy your pc, that is enough.
But it still....you should upgrade your GPU, but it is not realy necessary.
a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2008 1:08:23 PM

Can you post pictures of CPU-Z screens?
June 2, 2008 1:08:49 PM

the 7 series, hell even 8 series are getting a bit long on the tooth but don't put much value on benchmarks like 3dmark06. If it runs all your games fine than there is no problem.
a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2008 1:19:21 PM

Just to be sure, you reinstalled your OS when you upgraded, right?
If not, you are probably going to have problems like this.

I also would not put to much stock in 3D mark.
All that really matters is your real world performance.
a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2008 1:29:42 PM

The quad core should have made an impressive gain in the CPU part of the test over the 4800X2.
You did format and do a complete reinstall of the OS and all drivers?
Be aware though, that with that 7900, your graphic part of the score will not go up much....the 4800 you had will run that card at nearly it's peak.
June 2, 2008 1:31:07 PM

upgrading from my 7950gt to an 8800gt brough me from 5200 to 10300.
and that is on an athlon x2 6000+ with 2gb ram. your machine should post 11000 once you get a current gen video card in there.
June 2, 2008 2:11:06 PM

I agree with kad, I have a similar setup using a Q9450 and same Corsair RAM as you. With an Asus P5E X38 my pc score 13,500 at stock speeds with a 9800 gtx. Definitely, getting a new graphics card will help. It seems like you ran out of money after buying everything else lol. X48 mobo, Q9450... It seems odd that you would hold on to that card.
June 2, 2008 2:33:38 PM

I'm not putting any stock in what the number represents for performance. I'm just surprised that the score went DOWN by 600 points from my previous set up. I know the video card is the problem with the low score, but I figured the cpu would have given me some kind of an increase in score.

I did reformat and reinstall the OS and all new drivers and such.

I held off because I'm waiting for the new cards to come out.
June 2, 2008 3:03:04 PM

MoeDaKilla, why do you say it looks like he ran out of money when he stated he is waiting for the new cards to come out? It would be silly to upgrade GPU now. The new cards are right around the corner.
June 2, 2008 3:16:51 PM

My wifes system has a 7900 GT KO/ 650i mobo /e6750/ and 2 Gbs of corsair sli and her rig scores 6542
June 2, 2008 3:23:27 PM

even though new cards are coming out, get a graphics card from EVGA and use their step-up program to upgrade when Nvidia comes out with their next gpu's which still needs a month. I wouldn't look forward to anything from AMD except the 4870 X2. I really think you should get a 9600 gt or 8800 gt and step up when the time is right.
June 3, 2008 12:22:34 AM

To my understanding, there is no set in stone date for the new cards. Therefore if I were to buy a new EVGA and the new cards get delayed, then I'm stuck with that card. It is safer to me to wait. Also the new cards may not perform well enough for their price range, but they could drop the prices of current cards. Couple different ways I could go with a new GPU
June 3, 2008 6:09:27 PM

So after a little bit of tweaking and a mild OC to 3ghz @ stock volts I gained about 1100 points. Up to 5577 now. Scored 5548 @ 2.8ghz so that definitely points to the GPU being the culprit in higher scores. Amazing how a 140mhz OC lead to ~1100 point increase though.

To really show the difference my X2 4800+ scored 1860 and the Q9450 scored 4940 for CPU score.
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