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3dmark06 low score?!

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a b U Graphics card
July 14, 2008 3:41:32 PM

Hey guys im just wondering i think my 3dmark06 score is a little to low for the pc i have i scored (total) 13025... SM 2.0 Score 5364 SM 3.0 Score 5512 CPU Score 4209.
here is my rig:
intel core 2 quad q6600 @3.0ghz
msi p6n diamond (X-FI sound)
4gig of OCZ oc 900mhz
Nvidia 9800gx2 @ 715/1100
Lite-On Blue-ray
500gb x1
80gb x1
Antec 500 Earthwatt
Window vista
Ultimate 32-bit
22" lcd acer monitor
Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System

(using default 3dmark06 settings)

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a b U Graphics card
July 14, 2008 4:10:37 PM

I have a Q6600; @ 3.4 my 9800gtx was getting about 14,500. At 4.0ghz, my 9800gtx gets about 16,000. You have a GX2 card, so I would expect higher. I got the scores you see with my old 8800GTS 640...
a b U Graphics card
July 14, 2008 4:17:40 PM

hmmm maybe my cpu is bottleneck but the score seems way to low, but when i game my system performs well. i play crysis at 1680x1050 all very high, vsync enables, no aa, (dx10) and i avg about 30fps. that seems pretty good for crysis to me.
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December 9, 2008 2:12:31 PM

That does seem a bit low but i wouldnt say your cpu is the bottleneck. 4209 is an ok score for the Q6600 being 3Ghz but i would expect more from the 9800gx2 at those clocks, probably nearer 16-17K. How fresh is your install? I usually find that the score can drop from a small amount to quite a substantial amount depending on certains things and i usually do benchmarks after installing a fresh vista.
I wouldnt be too bothered by the benchmark score anyway, as long as the games run fine like you say. Just start to worry when you get frame lag ingame.
a c 87 U Graphics card
December 9, 2008 2:40:48 PM

It looks like 3dmark is only using one GPU core. Is there any way of telling whether it actually sees sli setup or not?