My 3d Mark 2003 score looks a little low

By legolas52 ยท 10 replies
Jan 9, 2006
  1. I have an AMD Athlon 2400+, 512 mb ram ddr, 120 gig hd, and a 256 mb ati 9550 graphics card.

    I ran 3rd Mark 2003 and I got a score of 2372. I saw other users getting 7000, 8000, on these forums. Is there something wrong? I've noticed poor performance in some games also...What do you suggest? Thanks a lot!
  2. Vaerilis

    Vaerilis TS Rookie Posts: 54

    That score is all right for a R9550.
    For reference, my friend's rig (an Asus Radeon 9550 GE, AMD Sempron 2500+,
    2x256MB DDR400) gets 2213 points.
  3. kodrutz

    kodrutz TS Booster Posts: 110

    Your score is great as it is, for your system configuration.

    The ones with scores like 7-8000 also spend 2-3-4times the money that you've spent on your video card.
  4. legolas52

    legolas52 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is there anyway to optimize my pc before starting a game?
  5. kodrutz

    kodrutz TS Booster Posts: 110

    Well, there are some...

    1. Close all useless applications running

    2. Defragment your hard drives

    3. Use a tweaker for your video card and maybe modded drivers

    This is it for now...good luck!
  6. Mazza558

    Mazza558 TS Rookie Posts: 35

    I've found that you don't need to do that if you've got about 1GB of RAM. I ran 3dmark (various versions) with firewall, defrag, antivirus, news alerts, MSN, opera and i got exactly the same score as with nothing running.
  7. kodrutz

    kodrutz TS Booster Posts: 110

    Believe's better to run with only your clothes on than with 50kgs on your back!

    And be aware that benchmark scores are one thing, and real life/games performance is another. They are related, but don't rely too much on 3dmark scores.
  8. legolas52

    legolas52 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What tweaker/modded drivers do you reccomend for my ATI 9550 256 mb.
  9. kodrutz

    kodrutz TS Booster Posts: 110

    I suggest using ATi Tray Tools. Get it here

    Of course if you google for 10-15minutes some other tools will rise, some of them really good, but I've been using ATT for a while and I find it perfect. Also, no need to install the "big" ati drivers, those including the ati control panel, when you have ATT.
  10. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    You can overclock your 9550 to it's max, then games and 3d mark will be better.

    I've even read about unlocking a 9550 to a 9700. You need to solder a resister on, google can find it.
  11. Vaerilis

    Vaerilis TS Rookie Posts: 54

    There is no 9550 to 9700 mod.
    A few years ago, the 9500 pro cards with L-shaped memory and the proper PCB could be turned into 9700s, but the 9550 is absolutely different (it's more like a 9600).

    For overclocking purposes, ATI tray tools (as recommended above) and Rivatuner are both good choices.
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