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Are these 3DMark Vantage scores normal? GTX 260

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August 7, 2009 3:16:28 PM

Hi,

I am just getting into PC gaming and I am running some 3DMark Vantage tests on my comp. I am new to GPU performance, but not PC performance. I just bought a GTX 260 Core 216. Here is the complete system...

Intel Q6600 G0 at 3.2Ghz
8GB GSkill DDR2 1066 5-5-5-15
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Motherboard
EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked Edition Core 216
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM HDD
Antec TruePower 650W PSU
Vista Business X64

3DMark Vantage Score - Performance Test

GTX 260 at stock clock speeds(626/1349/1053)
3DMark Score: 12214
GPU Score: 9970
CPU Score: 37616
GPU Test 1: 30.09 FPS
GPU Test 2: 28.29
CPU Test 1: 1567.22 PLANS/S
CPU Test 2: 141.21 STEPS/S

This seems low. Thoughts? I also have no idea what settings to use in the nVidia control panel
August 7, 2009 3:18:39 PM

You ahve to specify which test set you ran. X? P?

Those seem quite exceptional for the stock performance suite.
August 7, 2009 3:18:52 PM

Seems fine i have similar setup to yours but with 2 gtx20 sli getting 19,000+
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August 7, 2009 3:32:08 PM

The test was performance.

It's confusing though because I submit my results online, and it looks like I am performing horribly.
August 7, 2009 3:38:07 PM

Well.. there are people online that perform a vantage run with an i7 on liquid nitrogen at 5ghz and their 260 clocked comaprable to a 285.. Assuming yuo are even comaparing to similar systems.. The "highest score" sysems are beyond insane.

You really can not compare your results to others in the system unless you are doing it for a living.
August 7, 2009 3:58:38 PM

So you think my scores are good? Also, do you have recommended settings for me to try in the nVidia Control panel?


I just bumped up the core clock and shader a little and got this score...

3DMark Vantage Performance Test
GTX 260 @ 702/1513/1053


3DMark Score: 13260
GPU Score: 10819
CPU Score: 41022
GPU Test 1: 33.05 FPS
GPU Test 2: 30.29 FPS
CPU Test 1: 1553.95 PLANS/S
CPU Test 2: 157.89
August 7, 2009 5:00:27 PM

Your scores are fine. Unless you do very creative things (liquid helium?) with the idea of running a single vantage run then crashing, you will never compete with the top of the score chart. For clsoe to stock your scores are great.
August 8, 2009 7:11:45 PM

By the way, I found an overclocking guide. I spent several hours yesterday with different configurations. This seems to be the most stable, runs cool enough, and looks great...

GTX 260 @ 754/1626/1227
Performance Test
3DMark Vantage Score: 14374
GPU Score: 11819
CPU Score: 40900

I am considering testing my CPU at 3.6Ghz. Do you think its worth it to improve gaming performance? My CPU runs really cool at 3.2 so it could handle a little extra voltage. If it got warm I'd drop is back to 3.2Ghz.

Also, what about the settings in the nVidia control panel. AA, AF, etc.
August 8, 2009 7:39:01 PM

djminus1 said:


I am considering testing my CPU at 3.6Ghz. Do you think its worth it to improve gaming performance? My CPU runs really cool at 3.2 so it could handle a little extra voltage. If it got warm I'd drop is back to 3.2Ghz.

You are not going to see any improve in gaming performance so do not bother OC you q6600 to 3.6. I OC my q6600 from 3.2GHz – 3.5GHz and the performance differences was close to nothing.
August 9, 2009 9:08:35 PM

I figured 3.6 wouldn't do much for me.

Can anyone help me on the nVidia Control Panel settings?
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