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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:26:54 PM

What is the weakest graphics card that can get around 60 fps in 3DMark06? And how well does/should a GeForce 7900 GS 256mb perform in 3DMark06?

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a c 126 U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:33:12 PM

you'd need an incredably fast CPU, something like a core i7 9xx overclocked to about 5Ghz and atleast a pair of Overclocked GTX480s in SLI.
In atleast one part of the benchmark my PC goes down to about 40FPS using a core i7 920 @ 4.4Ghz and 2 x HD5850's at 950/1200.

Its not like its a game so the FPS shouldn't really matter TBH. A 7900 GS will struggle to run the benchmark.

Play some games, its more fun!. :) 
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:40:43 PM

Just curious because my GeForce 7900 GS OCed and Athlon II X2 @ 3.55 GHz is getting about 40 fps max and 8 minimum lol and to me the graphics kinda don't warrant that frame rate but it is a benchmark so yeah but wow all that!
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a c 272 U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:43:58 PM

3D '06 is heavily CPU dependent, as a GPU benchmark it's never been more than a bit of fun to play with.
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:45:17 PM

How CPU dependent?
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a c 272 U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:46:53 PM

whooleo said:
How CPU dependent?

Very, put your CPU back to standard and watch the score drop.
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:52:13 PM

Quick question about 3DMark03, in the "mother nature" scene I get a bit less then 60 fps when the camera pans up towards the sky but 100's of fps in every other part and test why is this so?
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a c 272 U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:56:15 PM

whooleo said:
Quick question about 3DMark03, in the "mother nature" scene I get a bit less then 60 fps when the camera pans up towards the sky but 100's of fps in every other part and test why is this so?

I don't know why the framerates go up and down during the various parts of the different tests just that it has always liked lots of CPU power and that GPU's have always been secondary in what is supposed to be a graphic benchmark.
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 9:58:55 PM

Weird? But are all the 3DMarks like that? Cause that kind of sucks.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 10:03:29 PM

whooleo said:
Weird? But are all the 3DMarks like that? Cause that kind of sucks.

Pretty much so far, let's hope the new one will be different eh?
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 10:09:56 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I don't know why the framerates go up and down during the various parts of the different tests just that it has always liked lots of CPU power and that GPU's have always been secondary in what is supposed to be a graphic benchmark.


it's because the graphic card is more stressed in different scenes then in other, just like in games. The CPU part that has an impact on the final score i say it is good because a PC is not just rated by it's GPU, but also by it's CPU witch has the second biggest impact on performance in any game(well most of them, there are a few games that "suck the CPU dry").
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a c 272 U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 10:14:41 PM

ionut19 said:
it's because the graphic card is more stressed in different scenes then in other, just like in games. The CPU part that has an impact on the final score i say it is good because a PC is not just rated by it's GPU, but also by it's CPU witch has the second biggest impact on performance in any game(well most of them, there are a few games that "suck the CPU dry").

Have you ever monitored the CPU and GPU usage in real time whilst running 3D '06? The usage does not always match the peaks and drops in such a way as to make your explanation viable but I do know what you are trying to say.
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 10:18:35 PM

It is still weird that only one test does that in a certain part of the test.
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 10:21:40 PM




Never measured and compared. But i thought it is logical to include the CPu with GPU as a hole.
I know the CPU goes to hell and back, the video card get's pretty hot as well.
C2D E6750 at 3.4 and 5770.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 10:22:25 PM

whooleo said:
It is still weird that only one test does that in a certain part of the test.

Have you tried running Rivatuners OSD to see what the load on the CPU and GPU are at the time of the drops?
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2010 10:24:30 PM

Should probably try that lol but if they are not I know it is 3DMark03 being bitchy...
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2010 3:42:21 PM

Best answer selected by whooleo.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 12, 2010 4:10:13 PM

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