i've got a new asus g53sw-xa1 (i7-2630qm, 16gb ram, nvidia gtx 460m, win7 64bit, not overclocked) and it was running slower than i expected it to, so i ran 3dmark06. sure enough i got 9k vs an "expected score" of 13k.
cpu was 4900 vs 4600 expected
sm2 was 3600 vs 5400 expected
sm3 was 3300 vs 5500 expected
also my windows experience index comes in at what other people are getting with the same laptop, except my graphics and gaming graphics are coming in at 6.5 vs other people's 7.1...
the score was the same with all nvidia drivers i tried: 267.21, 275.33, 280.26, 280.36. (is there a known best driver for the 460m?)
also, when i go to nvidia's website to download drivers the system scan doesn't work (ie, i have to manually choose my graphics card), and then when i download and run the installer, it says "the graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware"... so i have to use a modded inf from laptopvideo2go. then it installs fine. weird.
i was running in high performance mode and plugged in to AC, is there anything else i need to do?
i don't know a lot about this stuff, if more info is needed i will gladly provide.
hi thanks for your help, unfortunately i don't think any of those things are going to help. it was running slowly the first time with the stock driver, and i don't have anything nonessential running in the background. i changed everything to performance and that's not making a difference. i suspect it is something more fundamental than those things. any more tips?
no, people with my laptop online who have posted their scores are actually getting like 14k. and i have 16gigs of memory (comes stock with 8 or 12 i forget which). so i should be getting at least 14k
More RAM does not give a higher score. I believe it can actually lower your score a tiny bit. 3Dmark is not a ram whore, it performs at it's max with 2-4GB.
Also, the scores stores in their database are for heavily overclocked systems. Any stock system will not compare favorably. And with a mobile system, you are going to have throttling issues as well, which is hard to keep track of.
Okay, I appreciate the responses, but I should have been more clear, not only does 3dmark06 say my scores are very low, but people with my exact laptop are testing them right out of the box and posting scores of 14k, ie right in line with the 3dmark06 expected scores. So there's definitely a gap there.