I recently bought a new video card: Sparkle GeForce GTS 250 512MB
My friend has a 9800GTX+, running an intel C2D, and gets 12,500 3dmarks in 3dmark 06 These graphics cards are the same, GTS 250 is just a re-branded 9800GTX+
I am only getting 10,500 marks, yet my cpu is clocked from 2.8Ghz to 3.2Ghz.
My system specs are:
Asus M2N-E motherboard (chipset NForce 570)
160GB Seagate IDE hard drive
2 GB (Dual Channel) Kingston ValueRam (2* 1024MB) (667)
Creative- X-fi Xtreme Audio
AMD X2 5400 @ 3.2Ghz 1.55 volts (running stable and cool)
Sparkle GeForce GTS 250 512MB (connected through PCI-Express x16, version 1.0, maybe the old version of PCI-Express bottlenecks my card
Cooler Master 520 PSU
I was running XP home 32bit, and heard a rumor that home edition only uses one core of the CPU at a time, so i installed Pro x64, but this did not help in performance (same 3dmark score and slightly lower frame-rates in games...by like 2 frames) , and only cost me time.
Can anyone help me figure out what is bottlenecking my system, and perhaps how to fix it.
I have quite some knowledge about computers so don't worry about me understanding.
PS: soon (2 weeks) i will be upgrading to 4GB of ram, can anyone tell me id this is going to help?
Post your friends rig as well, and yes the Asus M2N-E uses the old PCI-e interface. Upgrading the memory will maybe give a small ( 100 - 500 points ) boost , but I'm not sure about that.
Furthermore, your processor is getting old as well, it's a pitty you don't have a am2+ motherboard.
Good luck and don't forget your friends rig to post,
It's not all about the CPU frequency but more about bus width or bus speed. I don't have any AMD cpus but have you tried to compare your systen on Futuremark's ORB to check if yours is average or below average?