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Why i got low 3Dmark06 score at 8399 for gtx260?

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June 1, 2009 2:44:19 AM

hi guys,
i did run 3dmark06 with default settings. i was so disappointed that i got just 8399 after some upgrades.

my pc info:
AMD Phenom(tm) 8400 Triple-Core Processor 2.10GHz
3G DDR3
340G Hard Drive
SilverStone 650watt power supply
GTX260 896 DDR3

i did install the driver and D9 for gtx260. is this score normal for my PC or there is something wrong? please give me some help. thanks a lot.
June 1, 2009 4:23:02 AM

That is fairly low, but keep in mind that your processor is only running at 2.1GHz. Frequency is a key element in getting higher FPS as is a large amount of cache (assuming its actually utilized). So overclock it as far as you can. Second you've got the original Phenom x3. It was literally just a defunct quad core, the new ones have remedied that issue. Third, the original GTX 260 wasnt that good, it was decent but not spectacular. They re-released it with more stream processors and i believe a die shrink to keep pace with ATI. both your CPU and GPU are made from a 65nm manufacturing process, which consumed significantly more power than the current generation and thus led to lower overclocks. Push them as far as you can, grab the latest drivers, and hope for the best.
June 1, 2009 5:19:33 AM

That seems low. I have a GTX 260 Core 216 and an i7 920 and I get just over 15,500 in 3DMARK06. A faster CPU would bump up your score.

EDIT: i7 at stock speed of 2.66GHz and slightly OC'd GTX 260 C 216
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June 1, 2009 5:56:51 AM

3dm 06 is heavily CPU biased which is why its no surprise that an i7 scores much more than the Phenom.

Mactronix
June 1, 2009 6:10:21 AM

thank you guys!
i found it very hard to OC this CPU. there were no option to OC in Bios and the software cant load it. right now all i need to do is to save money and get another CPU better than this. BTW, which one is more important? numbers of core or higher frequency?
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