CPU Core usage

By Graham_s · 29 replies
Nov 14, 2008
  1. Was wondering if anyone can help...

    I have a dell XPS 630i with vista, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Intel quad core 2.66Ghz, nVidia 9800 GX2 1GB GPU, 128MB Ageia PhysX etc etc...

    so my computer should be able to make mincemeat out of any game available at the moment, such as crysis and fallout 3. However, I have experienced severe problems with both games. With crysis, I decided to put it down to terrible programming, as it has terrible hardware support and its made by EA.
    With fallout, which has lower requirements, it seems to run slow in some areas as well, so I tested my computer on 3D mark06 and on the graphics tests, my computer wasn't as fast as it should be, but didnt drop below 50FPS. however, when it got to the CPU test, I didn't even have 1 FPS...
    I have come to the conlusion that either my CPU is screwed (better not be because its a new computer) or not all the cores are being used, so my computer basically has a 2.66 single core processor.

    I have looked int he BIOS to see if there is anything there about activation of separate cores, but no success.

    here are my scores from 3d Mark06. The second time I did it, I got ~14000 but the CPU still had a terrible score...

    3Dmark score: 12950

    SM 2.0 score: 4788
    SM 3.0 score: 6280
    CPU score: 3802

    Does anyone have any ideas?


    EDIT: also, i have noticed that in loads of programs, such as everest and 3D mark, my RAM isn't showing up as 4GB which it is, instead in everest it shows up as 2.812GB and and something different in 3D mark. In CCleaner, it shows up as 4GB though...
  2. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Posts: 34

    I don't know why you're cpu score appears to be so low, but what I am sure about, which will be corrected if I am wrong, is that if you are using a 32bit O/S and not a 64bit, the max that it can 'see' is 3gb.
    If however you are using a 64bit O/s then just totally ignore what I say :)
  3. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    Ok, that explains the RAM thing, as I am using vista 32bit. Does that mean that it isn't making usage of the full 4GB though, or it is, but it isn't programmed to show numbers that go that high?

    anyone else have any ideas about my CPU?
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    A 32-bit OS does not allow you to use all of your RAM.

    As for your problem, I'd chalk it down to a malware infestation. Check out this thread and follow the instructions in it.
  5. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    hmmm... would have been nice for dell to mention that it wouldn't allow all that RAM with the OS that came with it.

    Thanks for the heads up about malware. Is it common for that much CPU power to disappear with malware though?
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yes, it is.
  7. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Posts: 188

    also, the cpu part of the test is allways going to be slower than the other tests

    wasnt sure you were aware of that.

    i havnt seen double digit fps there myself, but im running dual core @ 3.2
  8. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    Surely it should run smoothly though?
    I just thought that it confirmed my beliefs that there is something wrong. it should run any game totally maxed out, but my friend's XPS which is half the spec. of mine and several years old now, runs everything better than mine...

    I run near enough all those malware tests and found nothing...

    ok i will keep checking and cleaning the computer.
    in the mean time, do you have any other suggestions?
  9. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Posts: 188

    are you sure you have a 9800gx2?

    i was checking dell and the 630's i saw didnt offer the 9800 gx2.

    here are the cards they had up for options

    here is the specs i get from their 630 models like yours.

    Intel® Core™2 Q9400 (6MB,2.66GHz, 1333FSB)
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit (but yours is 32-bit?)
    4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
    750GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
    Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable
    Dual nVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
    Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

    your ram may be causing a bottleneck with your cpu being different frequencys.

    do you know the model of your motherboard?
    if possible, you should upgrade your ram to 1333mhz
  10. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    yes, i definately have the 9800 gx2. They may have changed what they make available for this model.

    not sure about motherboard, as everest doesnt say. is there any way I can find out? I get the impression it probably wont be written on the actual motherboard itself?

    my RAM is as you say, 800MHz. Again, why would they allow it to be an option to choose these components if they aren't compatible!!!

    I am going to have to have some serious words with them I think.

    I can't really afford to replace the RAM, incase it might work, as this is already a very expensive computer, and in all fairness I shouldnt have to, as I have already bought the RAM once.

    Thanks very much for your help :)
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Use any of the programs here to find your motherboard's model.
  12. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,088

    Your 3d Mark score seems about right, i.e. ~14000. The CPU test is supposed to run at ~2 FPS. In comparison, my Phenom 9550 @ 2.64GHz scores 3509.

    What settings are you running the games at, i.e. resolution, AF and AA.
  13. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    thanks again ;)

    i'm a bit of a noob when it comes to hardware!

    motherboard is:

    Dell 0PP150 with nvidia nForce 650i SLI chipset and southbridge
  14. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    ok i just spent 68 mins on the phone and remote assitance to dell and the guy said that my computer won't support 64 bit system, but he said that 32bit vista *does* support UP to 4GB but no more. he also said that as far as he can tell, the CPU is ok but they dont have any proper diagnostic software to test it.
    He didn't say much about the speed of the RAM but suggested that it should be fine. So I think i am back to the malware thing, although I haven't found anything. I will post some of the logs later, which may help.
  15. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    surely a quad core at 2.66Ghz each should run better than 0-1FPS though? I don't see the point in them making a visual test like that if it never runs smoothly.
    Also, the score I got, is only very very slightly higher than a "standard" system.

    resolution is as high as the game and my screen (1680x1050) will support. I have heard that crysis just won't run at all if above 1024x768, and it still jutters on my computer after about 3 mins of play (its as if I am playing online with ~500 latency) I have started turning down object fading and things like that, but I shouldnt have to, this computer should run it properly. What do you mean by AF and AA?
  16. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    oh I know what you mean by AA and AF - antialiasing and anisotropic filtering? I had them both on 8x i think. I had V-sync off, and tried it forced off with nvidia control panel. i have tried different screen resolutions and using it in a window instead of full screen. If I get it to detect my optimum system settings for fallout 3 then it sets it to medium/high, when it should be able to play it on "ultra" without any issues.
  17. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    everything else came out ok, so here is my HJT log:

    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
    Scan saved at 00:14:22, on 18/11/2008
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    C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
    C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
    C:\Program Files\PeerGuardian2\pg2.exe
    C:\Program Files\Raxco\PerfectDisk2008\PD91AgentS1.exe
    C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
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  18. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Posts: 188

    it is compatible with your cpu, but its just different frequencys.

    your cpu has a fbs of 1333 and your ram @ 800

    think of the coke bottle (the old glass one)

    throw information thru the bottle and where the wider part of the bottle is your cpu and the top of the bottle (the part you drink from) is your ram.

    its most likely not that huge of a performance blocker as i make it out to be, but they really got you on that one.

    all-in-all, i hope you get everything worked out and running they way it should run.

    good luck.
  19. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    ok, thanks very much for your help. I really hope I get it working too. when you spend just over 1.5k on a sodding computer, you expect it to f***ing work how its supposed to...
  20. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 189

    He lied. Either that, or he doesn't know his head from his rear end.

    to break it down a little bit...

    A 32-bit system can only use 32-bits to reference a memory address. So a 32-bit system can theoretically reference 4,294,967,295 addresses which would allow in reality it to reference just over 4gbs of memory. Pretty much every component in a pc needs to be assigned memory addresses by the OS, most only need a few kb but graphics cards can take up many mb's of addresses. Once all your components have been assigned their required memory any and all addresses left over will go towards main memory (RAM) which might be less than the amount of memory actually installed.

    64-bit systems allow you to reference alot more memory.

    Basically.... your system *CAN* use 4 gigs..... but because so much gets allocated to other things, you will rarely see more than 3.5 gigs used(specially if you have a decent graphics card with lots of memory)

    That part of the test is NOT a visual test. it is designed to ONLY test your cpu, and is designed to run at 0-2 frames per second. It is NOT running slowly because of any malware, that is how it runs.
  21. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    ok, thanks for clearing that up for me. As i said, my knowledge on hardware is awful! I still have a suspicion that my CPU isn't running as fast as it should. Fallout 3, which I was having some problems running on max graphics seems to run fine now, but only if I have the AA on 4x or lower, so i think that may be a bug with the game, and I know crysis was bugged to hell, so i will just ignore that completely. is there any diagnostic software to test the CPU other than 3D mark? Its probably fine, probably just me worrying, but for my own piece of mind I would like to test my CPU.
  22. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 189

  23. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    TechSpot's download page has a nice selection of benchmarking tools for that purpose as well.
  25. Graham_s

    Graham_s TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    ok thanks for the tip. its about time I had a good look at TS's downloads anyway.
    I'm running that CPU test and its taking 6 hours... just over half way through now.
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