I recently bought the Gainward FX Powerpack Ultra/760XP 'Golden Sample' as reviewed on this site.
Thing is i've been quite disappointed by the performance - which isn't even close to the performance that THG got. I've even gone so far as to format my HDD and reinstall and try running with a bare minimum system, but still its disappointing. For example i'm playing UT2003 at 1024x768x32 with detail on high and getting 30ish fps - i could get that at times with my old Radeon 8500LE. more worrying tho is the 3dmark2001 SE score which is down nearly 2000pts on the THG score - i should surely at least be matching it.
I've even installed powerstrip as an alternative to the included gainward overclocking software and i get artefacts at the 450MHz/900MHz that THG said this card should be able to handle.
can anyone give me any advice on improving the performance to what the card really ought to be doing? I have a funny feeling that the mobo is a bit shagged, even tho its supposed to support 8x AGP.
My system is as follows:
Aopen AK77-8XN (KT400)
1024MB generic DDR333 RAM(Overclocked slightly)
Athlon XP2800+ Barton (Overclocked to XP3000+ - stable at 38degrees C)
You should try the 52.16WHQL's from Nvidia's website....they're fast drivers. Also, you might want to disable vertical sync and see if that helps. Do you have everything set to best image quality? turn your performance slider to the middle(performance) and your mipmap detail level to "blend". Also...overclock it till it bleeds out of it's ass.