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GTX 260 Core 216 vs 8800GT 3dmark 06 question

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January 7, 2009 4:25:47 PM

System:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
Gigabyte M57SLI-S4 (BIOS Version FHA 4-23-2008)
PC2-6400 A-Data 4 Gig
EVGA GTX 260 Core 216
700W Xilence PS

Any would be appreciated,

I just replaced my BFG 8800GT OC graphics card with a brand new GTX 260 Core 216. My question is when I ran 3dMark 06 the default version (Trial Version) with my BFG 8800GT OC I scored 11074, when I replaced the 8800GT and ran my new GTX 260 Core 216 in the same system I scored 11649. To me it doesn't seem like to much of a performance boost or does it sound about right? Did I miss something or do I have something not set right with this new card? I doubled checked all 3dmark settings and they were the exact same for the both cards. Any help would be appreciated. :sarcastic: 

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Anonymous
January 7, 2009 4:44:04 PM

Cpu Bottleneck. You wouldn't think so, but yeah. With an E8400 stock, and a 9800GTX, slightly lower then a GTX 260, I got around 13K. You can try overclocking, or getting some of the newer generation X2's that came out recently, but it's time to update I do believe. Either AM2+, or LGA1366.
a b Î Nvidia
January 7, 2009 4:56:10 PM

Definitely CPU bottle neck going on. I score 14k with my Q6600 (OC to 3.2Ghz) & 8800GTS 512MB. That GTX 260 core 216 is definitely faster than my 8800GTS, and your 8800GT.

Time for a CPU upgrade if you want to get the additional power of your new video card. :( 
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January 7, 2009 5:12:55 PM

Thanks for the quick replies it is appreciated. Could you break down what you mean by CPU bottleneck, I would really appreciate the help.
January 7, 2009 5:25:44 PM

Basicly, your new graphics card needs data faster than your current CPU can provide it. A quick way to verify this is to get FRAPS, play thru the first level of one of your games at highest resolution and all the eye candy you can handle. Then drop your resolution a couple of notches and run thru again. If you dont see an increase in FPS, then you are CPU limited.
January 7, 2009 5:57:18 PM

For a quick fix that will help to some degree, OC the FSB (or whatever its called in AMD land).

I used to buy cheap cpus all the time, and wonder why I didn't get the benchmark #s posted here and other places. When I started to OC the FSB (keeping the CPU at default speed) I saw an improvement. OCing the CPU and the FSB gave me the best performance when my video card was too powerful for the system.

cliff notes: OC the FSB and CPU for great money saving upgrade.
January 7, 2009 6:25:38 PM

Did you Clean the old Video Drivers from your machine before installing the
new one for your GTX 260 ?
January 7, 2009 6:48:58 PM

It's definitely your cpu, i have the older gtx260 and would score 13k stock gpu with e8400@3ghz. Then changed cpu to 4ghz and gpu at stock and scored 16k in 3d06. Remember that 3d06 isn't a good indicator of actual game performance even though you score low with your gtx260 in 3d06 in real games your cpu won't be holding you back as much as it is in 3d06.
January 7, 2009 7:28:26 PM

Thanks alot for all the replies, you have definitely broke it down to the lowest level and now I know what I need to do. Thanks for your time
a b Î Nvidia
January 8, 2009 2:59:26 AM

Yeah dude I just upgraded from an 8800GTS (OCed to 750/1000) to a GTX 260 that I have running at 666/1200. The GTS scored 13,131 and the GTX scored 13221. About the same. But run like a farcry2 bench mark, that will show you the benefit. Also it seems it boosts certain games as well. Like Crysis saw a big boost. It has a seperate onboard physics chip as well.

The bandwidth is an issue. I took my card over to my buddy that JUST bought an i7 system and already has it OCed to all hell. I put this card in and it ran like a wild banshee. On another note he is running 3 88000GTX's in Tri-SLI and with the i7 @ 3.8GHz and the DDR3 memory at DDR3 1900 is scored 23,000 on 3Dmark03. With my card he got 19K just under what 2 8800GTX's ran.
January 8, 2009 3:17:41 PM

jay2tall said:
Yeah dude I just upgraded from an 8800GTS (OCed to 750/1000) to a GTX 260 that I have running at 666/1200. The GTS scored 13,131 and the GTX scored 13221. About the same. But run like a farcry2 bench mark, that will show you the benefit. Also it seems it boosts certain games as well. Like Crysis saw a big boost. It has a seperate onboard physics chip as well.

The bandwidth is an issue. I took my card over to my buddy that JUST bought an i7 system and already has it OCed to all hell. I put this card in and it ran like a wild banshee. On another note he is running 3 88000GTX's in Tri-SLI and with the i7 @ 3.8GHz and the DDR3 memory at DDR3 1900 is scored 23,000 on 3Dmark03. With my card he got 19K just under what 2 8800GTX's ran.


which 3dmark? I think you meant something other than 03...my 7900 GT did 19k in 03. Or maybe you have non default settings for 3dmark?
a b Î Nvidia
January 8, 2009 4:13:45 PM

festerovic said:
which 3dmark? I think you meant something other than 03...my 7900 GT did 19k in 03. Or maybe you have non default settings for 3dmark?

3DMark06. It's the only one to use anymore. Vantage is good to.
January 8, 2009 4:24:56 PM

yea as everyones said above really, id try overclocking first and see if that can improve the score then if the results arnt a great improvment possibly consider a new cpu,

Also sorry to ask a question in your post but im pretty much in the same situation but havent bought the 260core 216 yet, i have a Q6600, would this bottleneck?
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