Why does my 3dmark05 score seem so low?

By fury
Jan 8, 2006
  1. I think my computer is fairly decent but some benchmarks would suggest otherwise...

    Antec 500w PSU (NeoHE)
    Gigabyte K8N-SLI @ 210mhz
    Athlon 64 X2 3800+
    Zalman CNPS7700Cu
    2x512mb Generic PC3200 CL3
    BFG Geforce 7800 GT OC (overclocked even further to 483/1.16) - 81.98 drivers
    WD Raptor 740GD and Maxtor DiamondMax 10 (300 gig)

    I get just under 8,000 in 3dmark05, whether I test in Windows XP or x64.

    It seems my system is where it should be at otherwise, though.

    Sandra CPU arithmetic: 20816 MIPS, 9203 MFLOPS

    Sandra CPU multimedia: 31440 its/44202 its int/float

    Sandra memory test: 4780 mbs/4784 mbs int/float
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Looks like a pretty good system with the exception of the doggy generic PC3200 at CL3. Generic DDR is bad news. and Cl3 is as slow as it gets. still 8,000 is a pretty decent score for 3DMark 05.
  3. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 160

    chya man!! 8000 is good for your system...i only get...about 10,032 but i have a Pentium D 830 and 4 gigs of 667 MHz ram though, so your system looks like the score is rite up there.
  4. fury

    fury TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found out that the result browser for 3dmark does not differentiate between SLI and non-SLI setups, so I guess considering I'm up to about half of the top score from the 7800GTs I've done fairly well.

    I brought my score up to 8155 with some aggressive overclocking and to 8366 with some insane overclocking (although with plenty of artifacts)

    Yeah, I know the ram is crap...I really should replace it. I think it's what's causing me to not be able to overclock the FSB any further than 212...

    Even though I set the RAM divider on my Gigabyte mobo, it will absolutely refuse to boot... It resets itself somewhere between when it tells me it's overclocking the bus, and when it's supposed to detect the disk drives.

    The weird thing is that it's fine even with the RAM at 1:1 with all volts at the default as long as I don't go over 212 FSB. The minute I push it one over, it doesn't matter how many more volts I give the RAM, the chipset, the CPU, etc...just doesn't want to go
  5. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

    Your score is right where it should be for your set up. Have you tried CAS 2.5 on the RAM?
  6. fury

    fury TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, it won't budge there either. Looks like I'll have to fork over $300 for a quality set of 1 gig sticks that actually have a CAS latency of some time this century.
  7. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    I just bought 1GB of kingston hyperX PC3200 CL2 for 124.00 from newegg. I dont overclock but the hyperX ram is overclockable. another good choice is Geil ram. I just put 2GB of Geil PC3200 in my kids machine for 160.00. Quality PC3200 ram is pretty cheap these days.
  8. fury

    fury TS Rookie Topic Starter

  9. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

  10. fury

    fury TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, I saw that. I'm looking for 1 gig sticks though, so that I can max out my board if I decide to. (supports up to 4 gigs)
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