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GTX 680 - low 3Dmark06

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September 12, 2012 8:24:49 AM

Hi all.

After getting the GTX 680, I got good 3DMark11 scores of 9500+ in Performance. (not bad using a old Core2 Yorkie)
But after using 3Dmark06, it was BAD, like only 12000 - not much better than my old Ati 4870.
I tried to remove v-sync in the driver settings, but it didn't do anything.

Anything else I can try?

thanks!

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a b Î Nvidia
September 12, 2012 9:41:37 AM

If your using a a old Core2 with a 680 that's your problem maybe also try the new drivers!
http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/nvidia-geforc...
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September 12, 2012 9:45:17 AM

^ I tend to agree, the 3DMark06 score is influenced quite heavily by the CPU. Later versions report them independently.
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September 12, 2012 10:18:33 AM

Thanks for the posts!
Yes, I did update the drivers to "301.42 - WHQL"
Surprised the CPU is laking for a 2006 benchmark - my Yorkie is a little faster than the Athlon II X4 645 for example.
Does DDR2-800 make a difference?
Ok, I'll try the beta drivers. Now I'm just itching to upgrade to a i7 Haswell...
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September 12, 2012 10:38:23 AM

I can run a comparison for you if you like. I have the X4 645 paired with an HD6850, which is far slower than the GTX680. At 1680x1050 with no AA I get just over 15000 on 3DMark06.
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September 12, 2012 10:59:46 AM

enewmen said:
Thanks for the posts!
Yes, I did update the drivers to "301.42 - WHQL"
Surprised the CPU is laking for a 2006 benchmark - my Yorkie is a little faster than the Athlon II X4 645 for example.
Does DDR2-800 make a difference?
Ok, I'll try the beta drivers. Now I'm just itching to upgrade to a i7 Haswell...


It's not that the CPU is bad for 3dmark06, it's that the GPU is MASSIVELY overpowered for it and so you need a correspondingly overpowered CPU.

Also, keep in mind that newer GPUs are optimized for dx11 and that's an older dx9/dx10 title - performance on new GPUs won't scale as well vs old cards in 3dmark06 as it will on 3dmark11, because old cards are better optimized for 3dmark06 and new cards are better optimized for 3dmark11.
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September 12, 2012 1:07:03 PM

Again thanks for the posts.
I agree the newer cards are better suited for dx11.
But Herr was able to get a higher 06 score using a slightly slower CPU and a much slower GPU. So I think I'm still doing something very wrong or the mismatch really hurts. - I should be getting over 20,000
So, if I got some massively overpowered i7 Haswell CPU to better balance my GPU, I hope the scores shoot through the roof!
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September 12, 2012 1:14:05 PM

What settings do you run 3DMark06 at? I leave everything on default except the resolution.
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September 12, 2012 1:26:12 PM

I have only the 3Dmark06 - the free/basic/default 1.2 version.
Here is the actual score (better than last time)

1280x1024, AA: None, Filtering: Optimal
Score
14031 3DMarks

SM2.0 Score
4919

HDR/SM3.0 Score
7325

CPU Score
3815

Thanks for the help!
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September 12, 2012 1:34:08 PM

Running at a lower resolution will probably lower your score since it places more emphasis on the CPU and less on the GPU. My CPU score is 4217, similar to yours.
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September 12, 2012 1:54:08 PM

Speed of a CPU doesnt necessarily mean power. Well I mean old architecture CPUs. Just cause its faster than a 645 for example, the 645 is newer architecture. Update to an i5 and see that thing fly.
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September 12, 2012 2:11:53 PM

enewmen said:

CPU Score
3815


That's gotta be a big part of the reason
I pulled up a score from 3 years ago
My Q9650 ,@ I think 3.8, got 6700+
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a b Î Nvidia
September 12, 2012 2:38:16 PM

It is your cpu i could careless what anybody says i know it is lol
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September 12, 2012 3:38:40 PM

enewmen said:
Hi all.

After getting the GTX 680, I got good 3DMark11 scores of 9500+ in Performance. (not bad using a old Core2 Yorkie)
But after using 3Dmark06, it was BAD, like only 12000 - not much better than my old Ati 4870.
I tried to remove v-sync in the driver settings, but it didn't do anything.

Anything else I can try?

thanks!

3Dmark06 is very CPU intensive, I remember getting 14500 3Dmark06 score with a 8800GTS :o  (with q6600 3.4GHz)

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September 12, 2012 4:30:57 PM

Wow, 14500 with a 8800GTS and a q6600 @ 3.4.
Must be the CPU then!

My 2.8 Ghz quad core isn't what it used to be... :( 
Time for a serious upgrade :D 

Asking about such a small problem may seem useless.
As an engineer, I learn the hard way, even the smallest problem always comes back to bite me!
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September 12, 2012 6:27:46 PM

enewmen said:
Wow, 14500 with a 8800GTS and a q6600 @ 3.4.
Must be the CPU then!

My 2.8 Ghz quad core isn't what it used to be... :( 
Time for a serious upgrade :D 

Asking about such a small problem may seem useless.
As an engineer, I learn the hard way, even the smallest problem always comes back to bite me!

indeed, the 3Dmark06(with the default settings) is bestially a CPU benchmark
I still have a (4.5 years old!!!) screenshot with the 3Dmark06 score & 8800GTS


good old days :na: 
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September 12, 2012 8:16:18 PM

I just updated to the 306 beta drivers.
Here are the new scores:

Score
15459 3DMarks

SM2.0 Score
5911

HDR/SM3.0 Score
7592

CPU Score
4188

Better, but the 2.8 Ghz Core2 quad is lagging.
So it seems, problem SOLVED.
Thanks for all the help :D 
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September 13, 2012 7:02:31 AM

^ Basically identical to mine. I want to push the GPU settings higher and see if that affects the total score.
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September 20, 2012 3:53:57 AM

Best answer selected by enewmen.
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