Slow performance with 6600gt

By nissanman ยท 38 replies
Oct 19, 2008
  1. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Some motherboards have a sort of "line." When the clock speed is set beyond this "line" the multipliers for memory speed, PCI clock, etc. get set back a notch, down to default settings.
  2. Badfinger

    Badfinger TS Rookie Posts: 155

    I don't see you mention what build of Windows you are using, I'd upgrade whichever one to the latest service pack.

    I'd recommend getting trial version of TuneUp Utilities, and see if it finds any problems.

    Demos refusing to install is a windows problem, likely some file in your windows is incompatible.
    I'd look for newer Windows Installer, it's at least up to 3.0 now at least.

    Search for this: WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe

    Whoever makes your motherboard I would go get the latest firmware and utilities, specific to it, if you aren't sure: and get their free utilities.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  4. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    I am using Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2.

    I tried my ti again, and turns out that my 6600gt is faster in games. But only by like 2 - 5 frames average though. Pretty pathetic.

    The only game this 6600gt really boosted performance in is FlatOut 2. The TI runs that game on max graphics at roughly 20 frames. I get 50 - 70 with the 6600gt in that game.

    edit: with my cpu overclocked this far, my pc133 ram runs at 145mhz
  5. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    um 512m of ram is like bare min for normal use in xp much less trying to play a game dang man i would say thats alot of the problem. a $300 walmart computer would destroy that thing. I think its time to upgrade.
  6. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    well, 512mb ram is more then enough for xp, but im saving to build myself a new computer anyway.

    The specs will be:

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 x2 4800+ 2.5Ghz
    RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800
    Motherboard: ASUS M2N-SLI
    Video Card: Galaxy Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 512MB
    Hard Drive: 320GB IDE Western Digital
    Power Supply: Corsair 450watt (33 amp 12v rail i think)
    OS: Windows XP Professional SP2 (or SP3, I dont like Windows Vista)

    Im only using that IDE Hard Drive (the one ive got now) till after i finish the build. Then i will buy a 640GB SATA drive.

    But the whole thing is only $718 New Zealand (Including shipping and GST of parts). So what do you guys think? Decent PC for $718?
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    No it's not - it's now classed as Minimum

    Your next Xp at 2 Gig, looks better :grinthumb
  8. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    cool, but what do you guys think bout the cpu with a 9600gt, will it bottleneck it? My friend seems to think it will.
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I'm an Intel guy, and I just installed a 9600 running with my Q6600... I try to always upgrade my XP machines to 1 gig minium if the motherboard allows me to do so
  10. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    that cpu will def bottleneck the video card but the difference between your old computer and your new one will be night and day. I would say try to save a little more money and go intel because there fixing to drop the prices on ther lower end parts man like all the lower quads and duels.
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The CPU will not bottleneck a 9600GT. The card is not bottlenecked by anything other than a Intel Celeron or a Pentium 4 under 3GHz IMO.
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    the 4800 is an old cpu and will bottleneck a 9600 gt a bit its basically 2 fx-55s on the same silicon which i think would bottleneck a 9600gt the 4800 came out when the 7900GTX was king.
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Bottleneck or not, there will be great improvement in game play
  14. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    My 6600GT is working nicely now :) I managed to pick up a better mobo and a stick of 1gig ddr-400 ram for real cheap and im getting just over 12000 in 3dmark 01 now. It should be more, but i reckon its my cpu slowing it down now.

    Its only a 1.6Ghz P4 Northwood overclocked to 2Ghz. And when it was at 1.6Ghz in this motherboard, i was only getting 9500 in 01. It wasnt til i overclocked the cpu to 2ghz that i got 12000. So it definitely seems to be a bottlenecking issue with this cpu and video card. So im ganna get a 2.8Ghz soon. Though i am very happy with 12000 in 3dmark 01 instead of 8500 with the old mb and pc133 ram :)
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