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Incredibly Poor Performance on the 3dmark06?

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June 6, 2009 12:39:47 AM

Hello everyone! I have been posting around attempting to decipher the problem in my computer with it's performance and today I decided to run a benchmark on my computer.
Now, I am not sure how the CPU tests run on other computer, but on mine it was just horrid. At max I got 4 fps on both tests.

The overall tests are here: http://service.futuremark.com/home.action;jsessionid=02F6F2B8F174C705B37BC6E0D1F0831A

I sort of understand them. From what I can tell I am way below average. Another thing that caught my eye was the fact that the performance of my cpu read out 2521 mhz when I have done nothing to the processor via bios.

Can anyone tell me if this is normal at all? I find it hard to believe my processor should be running at a 2 fps average during those tests.
June 6, 2009 2:24:58 AM

Did you try the link before you posted it? Also, we have no idea what computer you have. Also #2, 3DMARK06 is a benchmark.
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June 6, 2009 2:48:58 AM

If you got a 2fps average, that's actually quite good. There isn't a system on the market that could pull off better than about 3 or 4 fps on the 3dmark06 CPU tests.
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June 6, 2009 2:49:27 AM

one-shot said:
Did you try the link before you posted it? Also, we have no idea what computer you have. Also #2, 3DMARK06 is a benchmark.


Doh i did but i guess i didn't really really look at it =/. Well My run ran under the performance of a common system. I am running:

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 x EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9

1000 Watt Antec PSU

I could run most of the graphics tests at around 40+ FPS until action got really intense and the frames just dropped to about 25. And as I said before the processor tests seemed horrendous. Hope this helps.
June 6, 2009 3:00:55 AM

cjl said:
If you got a 2fps average, that's actually quite good. There isn't a system on the market that could pull off better than about 3 or 4 fps on the 3dmark06 CPU tests.


Wow that rules out my idea =/........So is it possibly the card?
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June 6, 2009 4:37:06 AM

Honestly, your tests sound fine to me. My i7 gets 2.3 fps on the first test, and 3.1 fps on the second.
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June 6, 2009 6:28:29 AM

Search Futuremarks ORB for a similar system and you will see that your rig is working properly and not giving poor results.

http://service.futuremark.com/resultAnalyzer.action?res...

Here's my score for my GTX 260. My CPU scores are cpu test #1 = 1.19 fps and cpu Test #2 = 1.91 fps and that's an e8400 on a 2000 Mhz FSB @ 4.0 GHz!
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June 6, 2009 6:40:56 AM

Ignore the processor test. It's supposed to be that way. What were your subscores (SM2, SM3, CPU). For example, one of my saved results has a SM2 score of 8673, SM3 of 10982, and CPU of 6497.
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June 6, 2009 3:42:20 PM

ur doing a heck of alot better than me, my athlon x2 cant even break 1fps
June 6, 2009 4:31:51 PM

OK just got done running another test.
SM 2.0 score: 5510

SM 3.0 Score : 6940

CPU Score: 4601

3d MARK score: 14780

And according to the charts of similiar configurations, I am at the farthest low point on the totem pole =/
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June 7, 2009 6:34:53 AM

You should be able to reach past 17.000 easily if you overclock your CPU and GPU.

Increase your GPU core to 700 Mhz and the GPU memory to 1100 on your next test.
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June 7, 2009 8:16:16 AM

That sounds a bit low, though not completely out of the ordinary. Try overclocking your CPU and run it again without touching the GPU clocks. 3dmark06 is quite CPU dependent.
June 7, 2009 3:42:51 PM

for a 2.66 ghz CPU its a normal score with a GTX260.

OCing the cpu can yeld nice result.
June 7, 2009 6:36:15 PM

Hmmmmmm the test did read a 2556 mhz on the proccessor which is, of course, under what it should be running at. I reset my bios at least 6 times but I would figure it would go back to stock scores and my E-Leet says it is running at stock scores as well. I'm starting to think the cause is because my processor is heating up too much from that bad installation of that heat sink which I would have to fix anyway in order to OC. Reseting the BIOS wouldn't affect my GPU would it?
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June 7, 2009 9:03:20 PM

How hot is it getting under full load?
June 7, 2009 9:31:10 PM

Ok just ran a p95 torture test while watching real temp.
IDLE temps: 43 43 45 39

In Place large FFTs: 73 76 70 71

Small FFTs: 72 75 70 71

The GPU temp was at about 44C if that matters.
The heatsink that i am using right now is the V8 coolermaster


P.S. Thank you all that have been responding so far. I really really appreciate it :) 
June 7, 2009 9:51:17 PM

Its a lil high but not that much for a stock HSF.

With these you dont have room for OCing.
June 7, 2009 10:03:36 PM

boulard83 said:
Its a lil high but not that much for a stock HSF.

With these you dont have room for OCing.



Please excuse my lack of computer lingo, but is a HSF a heatsink?

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June 7, 2009 10:08:13 PM

It most certainly is (with a fan).
June 7, 2009 10:09:19 PM

Yes. sry about those short words.

But these temps are not linked with your CPU score. While running 3dmark the CPU isnt 100% loaded. so the temps are WAY lower.

My temp : ( avg )
CPU idle : 28
CPU load 100% : 46
Gaming GTA4 : 38

Im WaterCooled. But a GOOD air cooling can do a pretty nice job at cooling this proco.

If you want to start OCing to improve your score, youll need a new HeatSink.
June 7, 2009 10:12:15 PM

Hehehe it's not a problem at all. Thing is tho is that from my knowledge the v8 heat sink is really good for being a HSF.
June 7, 2009 10:14:22 PM

You have a CoolerMaster V8 ? or the stock intel heatsink?
June 7, 2009 10:16:48 PM

boulard83 said:
You have a CoolerMaster V8 ? or the stock intel heatsink?



CoolerMaster v8. But as I stated before I believe it was not properly installed due to the high temps I have been getting
June 7, 2009 10:28:05 PM

ok. The best would be to take it off. Clean properly and Apply NEW thermal paste ( les AS/5 : arctic sylver 5 or something like this ) and mount it back.

The best way would also be to take the mobo OUT and mount it when you have the mobo on hand.

June 7, 2009 10:29:37 PM

boulard83 said:
ok. The best would be to take it off. Clean properly and Apply NEW thermal paste ( les AS/5 : arctic sylver 5 or something like this ) and mount it back.

The best way would also be to take the mobo OUT and mount it when you have the mobo on hand.




I have to anyway lol the heat sink has a back plate. How much pressure / contact should the heat sink have on the processor?
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June 7, 2009 10:53:59 PM

As tight as it will go without breaking the mobo, I don't think there is a specific torque setting.
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June 7, 2009 11:03:38 PM

boulard83 said:
Yes. sry about those short words.

But these temps are not linked with your CPU score. While running 3dmark the CPU isnt 100% loaded. so the temps are WAY lower.

My temp : ( avg )
CPU idle : 28
CPU load 100% : 46
Gaming GTA4 : 38

Im WaterCooled. But a GOOD air cooling can do a pretty nice job at cooling this proco.

If you want to start OCing to improve your score, youll need a new HeatSink.

Actually, it is 100% loaded in the CPU tests. Considering it isn't overclocked though, those temps are definitely high. I'd reinstall the heatsink for sure.
June 7, 2009 11:48:31 PM

Just reinstalled the heat sink and thermal paste and ran a stress test. Idles were at about 7-10 degrees lower and when stressed I saw changes of about -20C. No core went above 57. I also ran another benchmark and compared it to an identical system config. I ran about 15808 while a similar system had 15800. Wooooooooooot. Now it's time to delve into OCing. Thank you guys so much for putting in the time to help me. I really appreciate it!
June 8, 2009 4:02:43 AM

Tubble01 said:
OK just got done running another test.
SM 2.0 score: 5510

SM 3.0 Score : 6940

CPU Score: 4601

3d MARK score: 14780

And according to the charts of similiar configurations, I am at the farthest low point on the totem pole =/


I got just under 16000 with my stock i7 920 and overclocked GTX 260 Core 216 and 3x2GB of DDR3 @ 1600MHz. I have my 920 overclocked to 3.6GHz. so it should do ever better.
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