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Low Score on 3dMark05 on New Laptop

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
May 2, 2007 9:49:45 PM

Hi there,

First, thank you for helping me with this possible problem.

My friend just bought a Dell E1505 and it was delivered yesterday. He gave it to be to take off some of the bloat-ware and to add anti-virus and office programs.
I thought it was running slow so I installed 3dMark05 and 3dMark06.

3dMark05 = 1690
3dMark06= 682

I think those numbers are very low. This computer is behind a router. Here are some of the specifics on it:

XP Home Edition SP2 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB) 64-bit
2GB of 667MHz RAM
Nividia GeForce Go 7300 256 MB RAM

It has the latest Windows updates
The most recent Video driver ( )
Most recent DirectX
Dell BIOS release 02/07/2007

Are these Futuremark numbers too low? They seem low to me. Is there any other information that I could provide that might help you know if there is another problem?

Thank You
May 2, 2007 11:06:29 PM

Thank You very much.

And great website as well.

Thank You
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May 3, 2007 3:48:59 PM

If he had a better vid card his scores would be better. But par for the course with that vid card.
a b D Laptop
May 3, 2007 6:41:56 PM

That and a better CPU. The T5600 scores noticeably lower in 3DMark than the T7200. Either way, his score is about right for the hardware he has. He should feel lucky. My Dell Dimension with a 2.8 P4 and X300 barely scored 5000 and thats in 3DMark 03. I was so disappointed when I saw that score, but kinda what I expected. Can't wait till I build my new machine and get rid of this annoying pain in the a$$.
May 3, 2007 9:35:52 PM

Thank You all for your feedback.

This might be a very easy question, but I have no experience with laptops.

Can he (I) update the CPU at a later time?

Can he (I) update the GPU at a later time?

a b D Laptop
May 3, 2007 9:53:46 PM

CPU: As long as it's a Core2 Socket M then yes.

GPU: Not that I know of. Very few laptops allow you to upgrade GPUs. Most actually solder the GPU in place. This may not be the case. I would recommend you contact Dell about it.