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3dMark06 score too low for Mobility 4650

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May 31, 2009 10:30:23 PM

I recently bought a new notebook with what I thought was a good video card. Running Oblivion however, it did not seem to perform so well. This lead me to be a little suspicious, so I wanted to get some hard data on the performance, so I wanted to try 3dMark06.

According to the NotebookCheck.net website (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benc...), my video card's 3dMark06 should be 6671, but when I tested it myself, I only got 3357. According to another benchmark list (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmar...) the cpu score for my processor should be 2374. Mine was 2153 and allthough this is more than a hundred points lower than NotebookCheck.net's lowest score (out of 8 tests), this seems to be at least in the right ballpark.

Can someone tell me why I might get such a low score? I have the latest Catalyst and DirectX versions and the notebook is not working on battery power, so I don't think those can be the reasons.

My specs are (according to Futuremark):
Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 @ 2594 MHz
4096 MB RAM (should be DDR3)
Generic VGA (maybe the problem is here... should be ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650)

Your help is greatly appreciated!
May 31, 2009 11:43:06 PM

What drivers are you using?
May 31, 2009 11:49:28 PM

My specs are:
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 @2493 Mhz
4096 MB RAM
NVIDIA Geforce 9800M GTX

9268 3DMarks
CPU Score: 2270
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May 31, 2009 11:55:32 PM

cjl said:
What drivers are you using?


Do you mean this?:

Driver Packaging Version 8.612-090428a-080273E-ATI
Catalyst™ Version 09.5 Beta
Provider ATI Technologies Inc.
2D Driver Version 8.01.01.899
2D Driver File Path /REGISTRY/MACHINE/SYSTEM/ControlSet001/Control/CLASS/{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}/0000
Direct3D Version 8.14.10.0662
OpenGL Version 6.14.10.8664
Catalyst™ Control Center Version 2009.0428.2132.36839

My DirectX version is 9.26.1590.
June 1, 2009 1:45:29 AM

Just an idea here,

Even if the notebook is on power is the power profile set for high performance? If its not it will reduce fps a fair bit like I found out with mine to begin.
June 1, 2009 6:22:24 AM

That driver should work fine...

Try nightbre's suggestion - make sure the power profile is set to maximum performance.
June 1, 2009 10:27:17 AM

Thanks guys!

Changing really the settings helped dramatically. I don't really think changing the Windows power plan helps so much, because as far as I can see it only really affects the number of minutes it waits to turn off the screen, go into sleep mode, etc. and of course the screen brightness.
I also put all of the options in Catalyst Control Center on maximum performance and now my 3dMark06 score is 6914, so I guess I wasn't ripped off. :) 
June 1, 2009 1:30:22 PM

JordiB85 said:
Thanks guys!

Changing really the settings helped dramatically. I don't really think changing the Windows power plan helps so much, because as far as I can see it only really affects the number of minutes it waits to turn off the screen, go into sleep mode, etc. and of course the screen brightness.
I also put all of the options in Catalyst Control Center on maximum performance and now my 3dMark06 score is 6914, so I guess I wasn't ripped off. :) 


Just for possibly slightly more performance for you, I wouldn't recommend using the Cat 9.5 drivers, they're really only for full 4770 support and show decreased performance, at least so I've seen on 4850's (this isn't true if you have a 4870/90 or 4770 of course) and it may also degrade your 4650's as well. I would really recommend using the Cat 9.4 drivers, I personally like the XG Cat 9.4's, gave a little extra boost for free, can't complain about that!
June 1, 2009 2:14:53 PM

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I didnt lose any fps with 9.5.


Hm I dunno, I read a decent review on the new 9.5's (I don't know if I can post URLs here) and it showed performance drops across the board for the 4850. I also tested my system, as well as my brother's with the 9.4s then the 9.5s and there was a drop in performance, and my brother's PC isn't even close to mine, he has an Intel E8400@3.6, DFI DK x38, Mushkin 4GB-PC6400 and just the same Visiontek 4850. But I mean that's good if you didn't get any drop, it could depend on the games you're playing as well. On the website's review it showed the biggest hit in Crysis and I don't play Crysis (does anyone?) and in Company of Heroes I didn't have a drop, but in CoD4 and TF2 I did notice a drop, mostly with smoke effects in CoD4 and heavy firefights in TF2.

But yeah, just a suggestion, I say give it a try and let us know the difference in 3dmark06 scores to see if maybe it's just my bad luck :) 
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