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Last response: in Graphics Cards
August 9, 2010 2:33:51 PM

Hello, I'm alittle worried of the results I'm getting in 3Dmark06.

My spec is as follows:
Intel i7-930 2.8ghz
ATI HD5970 (stock)
1805mhz 9-9-9-24-1N 12gb ram.

I was running the benchmark and gained about 20-21000 score (average), while looking on this chart i found on Tomshardware, it should get at least 4-5000 more.

GFX Chart

Any of you expert know what the problem could be?

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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2010 2:37:44 PM

At a guess I would assume the benchmark was done with an Overclocked CPU. But I could be totally wrong, I've little knowledge on 3dmark
August 9, 2010 2:40:25 PM

if you overclock the GPU and CPU .. even by a little bit it can help.. I boosted 3dmark score on the pc I use by about 2k on overclocking .. and that was with really low overlocking.. can make a big difference
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August 9, 2010 2:44:43 PM

I thought that Tomshardware was doing benchmarks with stock gear?
a c 241 U Graphics card
August 9, 2010 2:55:25 PM

That's a strange benchmark list. It doesn't have 5870/5850/5830's in the results.

You might want to make sure your 5970 is in crossfire mode.

Also as far as the OC thing goes. There is a really good chance the CPU on those benchmarks are OC'ed. They usually OC the hell out of the CPU to ensure the GPU does not become bottlenecked.
a c 126 U Graphics card
August 9, 2010 2:59:54 PM

I believe Tom's use a 4Ghz Core i7 9xx CPU, 3DMark06 is pretty useless because it relies heavily on the CPU, a few examples for you

With my Core i7 920 @ stock and a single HD5850 I get about 17-18K

With my Core i7 920 @ 4.4Ghz and a single HD5850 I get 27K (HD5850 Overclocked to 1000/1200)

With my Core i7 920 @ 4.4Ghz and 2 x HD5850's @ 950/1200 I get just 2.5K points more (29.5K) which shows that there is still a bottleneck at 4.4Ghz.

Its just not an accurate representation of your PC's gaming capabilities, one of the main reason's is because the test is run at a very low resolution.