Hi, I built a system about 18 months ago and it's worked pretty solidly since (in terms of no errors / crashes at least) then. Lately I've been feeling like I'm getting lower FPS in games though and was wondering if there was a software suite that I could use to test things out? Or is it time for a reformat?
I've looked at Passmark, is the free version any good? Is it worth paying for the full version?
My build was mid-level at the time, and consisted of:
Intel E8400 CPU
VFA Sapphire 100259L HD4870 512M
DFI LanParty X38-TR2
2x 2G Corsair DDR2 SDRAM 800
Corsair 520W Power Supply
Windows XP 32 bit
1920x1200 resolution, single monitor
3dmark says it requires vista+ (I'm still on XP), so I tried pcmark's free version. Even after installing the newest Windows Media Player, some tests failed and all it returned were N/As for scores. It didn't even tell me what failed. I'd imagine the bought version offers some level of debugging? Is it worth buying?
Heaven looks like it's at 2.1, so I downloaded that.
First thing I saw - it wouldn't let me run with Direct X 10 or 11 - looks like I don't have either. The Direct X 9 test was beautiful to watch - that totally should be a game world if it isn't already. I was only getting 6-10 FPS on it though, it crushed my computer
The benchmark came back with an average of 10.6, a high of 58, and a low of 2.9 (267 score).
Looking up other people's scores:
1037 score in crossfire config with windows 7 and the same CPU I have, so definitely not a direct comparison, but a data point none-the-less, directX 10
700 score, 1 4870, but windows 7 and a core i7 920
I couldn't find a decent, comprehensive list of scores though - does anyone know where I might find one? There's a top 30, but only the top 30 are listed and, well, a 4870 solo isn't exactly top 30 material.
I tried running it in 1024x768, I ended up with 62 FPS and a score of 1562
So maybe my solution is just to run with lower resolution
Or, how easy is it to set up a second card in crossfire config? I'll look up if my power supply and mobo can support it tomorrow i guess.