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3D mark scores BS?

By kimbo.ati ยท 10 replies
Feb 15, 2006
  1. ok heres the story i have a quite new system run everything well no problems,

    i was told by a mate to run 3d mark 06 to test my computer agianst his.

    My computer :

    Thermaltake 430W psu
    amd athlon 64 3200+ 939
    mobo pci-e dual channel etc
    sapphire x800gt 256mb
    dual channel corasair 2-2-2-6
    250 gig 7200rpm 8mb cache hdd

    i got a total score of 1456

    His computer:

    antec 300w psu
    P4 2.8 ghz (old version)
    mobo agp
    6800gs 256mb
    dual channel generic ram
    80gig 7200rpm 8mb cache

    his total score 1986

    i thought to my self WTF!
    his system has a major bottle-neck and it general is poor.
    how could his system be better than mine?

    Hints: neither computer is overclocked or has been overclocked
    my system is brand new
    His is old
    Both systm with latest drivers
    both ran 3d mark with same setup with resolution and AA etc

    any ideas? i think he is just plain lying :cool:
  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    Out here in the "up over" (Arizona western US) :D
    We have a saying, 'If it quacks, waddles, smells & has feathers like a duck, there's a distinct possiblity that it's a duck".

    Does he have Hyper thread cpu, 533 fsb?
    I have p4 2.8 ht 800 fsb, dual channel ddr
    OC'd to 3.2 and do not get a score that high.
  3. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine TS Rookie Posts: 149

  4. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 135

    His cpu is hyper threading 533fsb

    hmm i guess you are right about the g-fx side of the equation.
    i just realised that there is 3 marks in the 3dmark test.


    for some reason i am missing the shader 3 as i dont get a score for it :S. thats probably why i lost. But in all honesty which system is better?
  5. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Off to the races

    With a better video card, I think your system would score better as
    GM is suggesting. When it comes to scores, most of the OC site I've
    been on tend to use 5 or 6 bench marks, such as HERE.
    No one benchie gets everyones approval. Try pcpitstop.com too!
    I doubt seriously his 533fsb will keep up.
  6. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,088

    His card supports shader3 and yours doesn't,if this is included in the final score(where you score 0)then it isn't a fair result.A better comparison would be 3DMark03 or 05.
  7. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 135

    thanks for the tips guy i will be sure to use other benchmarking programs.

    oh and btw: i tryed 3dmark 05 thrashed him :) thanks alot!
  8. someone124

    someone124 TS Rookie

    yea, the 6800GS is the same performance as a 6800GT, which is much faster than a X800GT. However, i heard X800GTs overclock well, so you might wanna try that, just don't get carried away, or you'll end up with a fried card :D

    but, your CPU will kill his, so if you run Aquamark 3 on both your systems, you may get a lower overall score, but you will get a much higher CPU score.
  9. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 107

    3dMark06 is really optimized for DC processors. I've got an X2 4400 and my 3DMark06 score is 4594.
  10. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 135

    Yeh thanks for the tips, im getting a 7800gtx soon when the new nvidia card comes out becuase the prices will drop.
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    He can still probably outperform you in games on his machine :) Gotta remember that these days it's all about GPU performance and memory.
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