Low score in 3DMark03

CreativeX

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This is my gaming rig:
Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz 800Mhz
ASUS P4P800 865PE Bios 1008 (PAT Enabled)
Corsair 1024MB (512X2) CMX3200C2
Western Digital 80 GB 7200RPM 8MB
Gigabyte RADEON 9800 Pro 128MB DDR

My 3DMark score is 'only' 5350, I know it isn't horrible score for this rig, but I expected to get something like 5600, which it more proper score for my rig. Does anyone have any advises how to increase the score in at least 200 points? Without OC?
 

david__t

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What are you basing your "proper" score on (5600)??

I mean if you are comparing to benchmarks then forget it - I used to think that my system was inferior when I compared it to benchmark results but then when I saw the test setup and reallised how my rig was different I wasn't bothered any more - just think about it. The rigs used by benchmark sites often used the ultimate parts in each area - lowest latency memory, fastest CPU, best mobo etc...

Your system kicks ass but I am sure that you have not got the ultimate possible component in each area. For example when Tom has done reviews of video cards - even using the same GPU they often differ by as much as 10-20 fps from the best to the worst even though they are use the same GPU and have the same amount of memory. If you then assume that you could get 10-20 fps extra in each component area that could easily make up the extra 400 points that you are short.

Plus they often use WinXP which gives better results than 98 and have the latest drivers etc...

You probably have a lack of response because people have looked at you score and thought "What the hell is this guy complaining about, I only get 1800?" :)

4.77MHz to 4.0GHz in 10 years. Imagine the space year 2020 :)
 

daddywags214

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Yeah, david is right. Keep running 3dmark, as you could see a 200 point difference in successive runs of the bench. And you really shouldn't act so dissatisfied with your setup and it's "low" score because 95% of us won't be able to afford a system like that until those are all budget parts.

These days, no matter what company you like, be it <b>nVidia, ATi, or whatever,</b> no matter how logical your reasons, you're labeled an <b>idiot</b> or a <b>fanboy</b>, or <b>both.</b>
 

speeduk

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Plus he has a gig of memory. That will hurt performance a little bit. 512mb is the sweet spot. BTW I get close to 5300 with my 9700pro overclocked just a little ;)

<A HREF="http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k1=6790821" target="_new"> MY RIG </A>
<A HREF="http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k3=1065087" target="_new"> 3D-03 </A>
<font color=red> 120% overclocker </font color=red> (cheapskate)
 

speeduk

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Could you run 3dmark 2001 for me and post results as I want to compare.

<A HREF="http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k1=6790821" target="_new"> MY RIG </A>
<A HREF="http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k3=1065087" target="_new"> 3D-03 </A>
<font color=red> 120% overclocker </font color=red> (cheapskate)