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New Gaming Rig - 3DMark06 Score

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May 21, 2009 12:56:12 PM

Hey guys. I just got done building a new rig and I wanted to bounce the specs and 3Dmark Score off of you.

Gigabyte UD3 AM3 Mobo
AMD Phenom II 720BE
ATI Radeon HD 4770
4GB DDR2 1066
Corsair 650watt PS
Windows 7 RC1 64-bit

Everything is at stock clock and 3DMark was at stock settings. The score I got was 11,500. I was hoping for something higher. I am not sure if it is just because all of the benchmarks that I am comparing it too are done on much more powerful systems, or if it is just because of Windows 7 and the drivers from ATI are kind of sketchy. I will do more tests tonight with 3DMark Vantage, but let me know what you guys think.
a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2009 1:32:12 PM

Looks about right.

My Phenom II 940BE, Foxconn 790gx, 4gb DDR2 800 and 4770 scores 12160 at stock.

The drivers are a bit sketchy still yes and you can see a lot of stuttering. However when you overclock it seems to help a lot.

I have two in crossfire and they scored 15050 at stock and 19650 when overclocked to 852 core/1000 memory (cpu at 3.8ghz). I wouldn't hesistate to overclock these cards btw, if you check the memory online you'll see it's rated to run at 1ghz instead of the 800mhz its set at. The core will go to at least 850 as well and I'm sure I'll easily pass 20,000 when I make a real effort.
May 21, 2009 2:40:19 PM

Awesome! Thanks for your help! When the 4770s become available again I was planning on getting another one for crossfire. I need to get a better fan and heatsink too for my 720BE before I start messing with it. I see a lot of potential in the future!
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a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2009 2:53:04 PM

Just putting the card to max overclock (830/850) through CCC will help add another thousand or so marks, so you want to do that. The temps hardly budge, it's a really cool card.
May 21, 2009 4:17:12 PM

I can't wait to get home and start messin with it ;) 
May 21, 2009 5:41:57 PM

Is it hard to get such scores in Windows 7?
I got 12111 score in Windows XP with:
Athlon64 X2 6000+
DDR2 800MHz 4GB RAM
ATi HD4850 512
May 21, 2009 5:52:43 PM

I don't know if it is "hard" to get those scores, but I am betting the drivers I am using for 7 aren't the best. I'm betting they are beta drivers. I am also wondering if there is a performance difference between DX9 (XP) and DX10.1 (Vista, 7)....
May 21, 2009 5:57:16 PM

I think 3DMark06 is a DirectX 9 testing software.
May 21, 2009 6:56:58 PM

It is, but there may be some issues with it +DX10 +Windows 7 +sketchy ATI beta drivers. All in all, I think I am getting some good results.
May 22, 2009 1:03:46 AM

jennyh said:
Looks about right.

My Phenom II 940BE, Foxconn 790gx, 4gb DDR2 800 and 4770 scores 12160 at stock.

The drivers are a bit sketchy still yes and you can see a lot of stuttering. However when you overclock it seems to help a lot.

I have two in crossfire and they scored 15050 at stock and 19650 when overclocked to 852 core/1000 memory (cpu at 3.8ghz). I wouldn't hesistate to overclock these cards btw, if you check the memory online you'll see it's rated to run at 1ghz instead of the 800mhz its set at. The core will go to at least 850 as well and I'm sure I'll easily pass 20,000 when I make a real effort.


How did you get the overclocking that high? I have it maxed out in CCC with Overdrive at 830/850 (I believe). Did you use the stand alone AMD Overdrive software?
a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 2:07:22 AM

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/964/1/

Read that carefully and follow the instructions and you'll get your 4770 going great.

I have mine booting completely stable at 852/1000 on two cards with rivatuner. They could go a lot higher still but I'm pretty happy with them at that for now.

You have to set rivatuner to run automatically on windows startup after you get the overclock to what is good. Also, OC the memory and apply the settings before you OC the core. And the last thing is, don't worry if it blue screens while OC'ing at a low core speed - mine would crash the whole system with 855 core but it was fine at 888 core. Try to stick to even numbers. :p 

Imo, OC the memory to 1ghz straight away and work the core up from there. I haven't even tried to get my memory higher than 1ghz but I'm sure it will go a lot higher.
a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 2:14:36 AM

Btw, you have to see how these run in crossfire to believe it. I was already running a 4870 on a Q6600 before and the difference is incredible. I'm pushing my new comp quite hard at 3.8ghz cpu and 852/1000 on both cards but the gaming fps increase is unbelievable.

You should overclock that 720BE too btw, that's why you bought a BE after all :) 
May 22, 2009 12:52:46 PM

I guess I could have just done a google search huh... Thanks for the link, I will try that later tonight (hopefully it will work in Windows 7). I can't wait to crossfire this thing!

I am very new to overclocking, but I have the 720BE overclocked to 3.21Ghz on the core (x17 I believe) and overclocking the north bridge to 2.2Ghz. I haven't messed with voltages at all. I might not even have to, idk. All I have done is upped the multipliers. I still have all stock cooling, so I dont really want to go up much higher.

My case was running an internal temp of ~100°F while playing Crysis. I have NO idea whether that is good or bad. I didn't look at the temps of the CPU or CPUNB during that time, but everything was running stable.

Once I get an better HSF for the 720 and get another card for crossfire (whenever they are available again) I will do a lot more tweaking. I will def get rivatuner tonight tho.
May 23, 2009 1:05:56 AM

Well, with rivatuner I can only get the memory to 975Mhz and the core to 850Mhz before I start seeing instability and artifacts. BUT, it has allowed me to get 13,306 3DMarks (06). I think thats pretty good considering ;) 
a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2009 1:13:58 AM

Sounds like heat might be an issue for you then. I do have a pretty big case with reasonable air flow, it's nothing special but it's 'ok'.

You could probably get the memory higher, it's almost certainly a core temp issue causing artifacts at 850mhz. Mine won't complete 3dmark06 at 888 but it's because i'm running out of volts I think. The max temps I've seen while running both cards is 64C under full load at 852/1000, and that's with the fans at normal.

You can try out the fan at 100% on rivatuner just as a test. There is no way anyone could handle the noise for long but it's ok for benchmarking.
May 23, 2009 2:20:43 AM

Ya, I think that until I get a better case with some better cooling, I will just be able to do some mild overclocking. Right now, I have a Apevia Discovery case...it was cheap for my build before this. Then again, some mild overclocking on a crossfire setup should suffice. I get very playable frame rates right now in Crysis @ 1680x1050 w/high detail and mild overclocking.
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 1:29:54 AM

As an update on this, I installed win 7 and was pretty amazed at how well the cards run. They were fine under vista but ran quite poorly under xp where i had xfire issues and lots of tearing.

Win 7 drivers look very solid on the 4770 already, which can only be good in future.
a c 273 U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 3:17:59 AM

8800GT's in SLi are still faster. [:mousemonkey:4]
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 7:30:06 AM

At running vantage physx tests maybe, otherwise no.
May 30, 2009 3:31:10 PM

Mousemonkey said:
8800GT's in SLi are still faster. [:mousemonkey:4]


What score do you get in Vantage?
a c 273 U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 3:47:34 PM

It varies depending on the settings/clockspeeds.
May 30, 2009 3:54:49 PM

Mousemonkey said:
It varies depending on the settings/clockspeeds.

Come on...no numbers?
a c 273 U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 4:05:24 PM

Tedders said:
Come on...no numbers?

At what settings?
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