Try to download the latest Nvidia driver first of all, tweak settings accordingly, check temps on graphics card idle and full load, could be a software bug, could be the AMD bottlenecking wouldnt be surprised, think it says that on all new cpu packages "guaranteed to Bottleneck or your money back!" j/k
There is something wrong, somewhere. I benchmark 8900 in 3D Mark 06 with a socket 939 4600x2 and an 8800GTS OC 512, at stock speed (2.4ghz). If I clock the CPU to to 3.0, and the 8800 to 775 core, I hit a little over 10,000.
Ignore the posts about your CPU sucking, blah, blah. (although you do have a problem, perhaps the CPU is not running at full speed?) It ain't a screamer by todays standards, but it should be benching higher than what you are getting.But, for what it is worth, benchmarks are not everything. How does it do in the games you run? That is what is most important.
Thanks all of you guys. I appreciate the ppl with sensible imputs. All my drivers are up to date. Honestly I don't see a difference in the games in comparision to my older card (xfx 9600gt) The cpu I have is quad-core @2.31ghz. How would i possibly know if the cpu is not running at full speed? My ram is running dual channel. I'm starting to think is the pci-e slot. I'm going to try the secondary slot and see what happens
@ladiezlover; Download and run GPUZ which will tell you a lot about your card and CPUZ which will tell you about you MB/CPU/RAM.
With both running, run 3Dmark and check the speed graphs at the end of the run, you should see large speed changes in both CPU and GPU graphs.
3DMark 06 IS hard on the CPU, and your scores and game performance should be much better with the faster card.
Holy moly, Have you checked for virusses or spyware? Might be your ram thats being an issue, try running with one stick (and swap them). I had one of my corsair xms failing and it was causing slowdowns.