My 3dmark score is dropping? whodunnit

By sjps220
Mar 24, 2006
  1. I was comparing my 3dmark06 results while researching a new graphics card, and I thought I'd run it again since I've changed a few things around in the last month and my score has dropped from 1630 to around 1530-60.

    I'm having trouble pinpointing what would affect the score so much. The changes that I've made to my system over the last month that I can recall are: installed battlefield 2, tried a SMALL amount of graphics overclocking for about an hour and then reset to stock, updated my bios, updated graphics drivers and created avis from .tga files so I have about 15 less gigs of free space. Still plenty of room on the hard drive.

    When I compare the cpu scores, they are almost identical (actually the one with the lower overall score has a slightly higher cpu score).

    Is is possible for newer drivers to negatively affect my score?

    Any suggestions as to what would cause this decrease in scores?
  2. sjps220

    sjps220 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 106

    Okay, I just uninstalled my display drivers and reinstalled the older ones I was using before (81.98) and my score went back up to 1630. This seems strange.

    Should I stick with 81.98 then?
  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Not sure about the driver, but have you defragged your system recently? A fragmented drive can certainly impare system performance. Perhaps a scan disk wouldn't go amiss too.
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