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October 15, 2010 12:34:21 AM

Hi there,

This is my first post on the forums , so if I am not including any information that could be of value to whoever checks this out, just let me know

System specs below along with passmark performance test results. I am attempting to figure out the bottleneck in my system causing my gaming experience to not be what I would like it to be (higher fps), but in general, I am very satisfied with the speed of my computer, however I would like it if you guys can interpret my test results and conclude what (if any) hardware I should add, such as a new HDD or another 9800gtx+ to go SLI

---Test results link for my system below----

Test results here

also, if anyone can give me a general sense of how good my computer is according to my score I would appreciate it . Just fyi too, my overall score from an earlier test was 1100, but the one i uploaded now scored 1000 :/ 


System Summary

PerformanceTest 7.0 1018 32-bit
Windows 7 (32-bit)
AMD Phenom II X2 550
3326 MB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
149GB HDD
CD/DVDRW

System Information
Operating System: Windows 7 (32-bit)
Motherboard Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Motherboard Model: GA-MA790X-UD4P
Motherboard Version:
BIOS Manufacturer: Award Software International, Inc.
BIOS Version: F6
BIOS Release Date: 08/05/2009


Memory Information
Total Physical Memory: 3326 MB RAM
Available Physical Memory: 2009 MB RAM
Slot 1: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
Slot 2: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
Slot 3: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
Slot 4: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
Virtual Memory: C:\pagefile.sys (3326 MB)


CPU Information
Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD
Type: AMD Phenom II X2 550
Number of CPU's: 1
Cores per CPU: 2
Hyperthreading: Not capable
Measured Speed: 3717.0 MHz
Multiplier: 19X
L1 Instruction Cache: 2 x 64 KB
L1 Data Cache: 2 x 64 KB
L2 Cache Size: 2 x 512 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB

Disk Information
Drive Letter (Number): C (Physical drive 0)
Model Number: WDC WD1600AAJS-00M0A0
Disk Size (Free space): 149.0 GBytes (12.3 GBytes)
Disk Cluster Size: 4 KBytes
File System: NTFS

Video Adapters
Description: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
Chip Type: GeForce 9800 GTX+
DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
Memory: 512MB
Video BIOS: Version 62.92.89.0.70
Driver Provider: NVIDIA
Driver Version: 8.17.12.5721
Driver Date: 6-7-2010
Monitor 1: 1280x768x32 85Hz (Primary monitor)
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October 15, 2010 1:16:03 AM

The score doesnt tell you anything meaningful, get FRAPs and check your FPS in games you like to play. If you arent getting the performance you want post what game it is, some are CPU limited but most are GPU limited. The 9800GTX+ really shouldnt have any trouble handling 1280x768, my 4850 handles 1920x1080 reasonably well, just dont crank up the AA and you should have pretty good performance.
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October 15, 2010 2:25:34 AM

hunter315 said:
The score doesnt tell you anything meaningful, get FRAPs and check your FPS in games you like to play. If you arent getting the performance you want post what game it is, some are CPU limited but most are GPU limited. The 9800GTX+ really shouldnt have any trouble handling 1280x768, my 4850 handles 1920x1080 reasonably well, just dont crank up the AA and you should have pretty good performance.


I play wow full graphics and mostly get good FPS except in main cities (which is understandable), I'd like to play Fallout New Vegas on full settings with 30fps which probably wont happen with just one GPU, not sure though

my CPU is AMD phenom II x2 550 OC'd to 3.8GHz , just wondering if that could be bottlenecking my GPU or if I should be running 64-bit windows 7, have more ram, a bigger HDD and such?
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October 15, 2010 2:34:52 AM

You have 4GB of RAM so thats unlikely to be an issue, at your resolution you should be able to handle New Vegas with playable frame rates on at least high at your current resolution. Unless you are getting really poor performance in some games currently i dont see any obvious limiting factors for your performance, your system looks pretty well balanced.
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October 15, 2010 3:04:47 PM

hunter315 said:
You have 4GB of RAM so thats unlikely to be an issue, at your resolution you should be able to handle New Vegas with playable frame rates on at least high at your current resolution. Unless you are getting really poor performance in some games currently i dont see any obvious limiting factors for your performance, your system looks pretty well balanced.


With that low resolution monitor? I don't think you'll have an issue with the new fallout. But since it hasn't been released yet this is not for sure of course.
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