Sudden drop in 3DMark scores

sbecher

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Hi all,
I recently noticed a very large drop in my 3DMark scores. I had my system (ASUS A7N8X, XP2100+, 2x256MB Corsair DDR333 in dual channel mode, Leadtek GF3Ti200) tweaked (FSB@138MHz, video card GPU@245MHz, etc.) and scoring an 8188. The only changes I've made are I added a second hard drive, installed and patched one game (Gunlok), and installed a couple WinXP security fixes and a new processor driver. Now my scores have dropped down to 3309. I've tried rolling back to before the updates, and that didn't help at all. What could be causing this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Shawn


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Your sure you haven't fooled around in right mouse click my desktop -> properties -> settings -> advanced? Also did you run default settings both times? I know if I turn on FSAA, truform, and AF my scores go waaaaay down.

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sbecher

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I have only checked the advanced settings to make sure they did not change. I have run in default mode both times. The thing that is really screwy is that you can't tell that anything is wrong from playing my games. I am going to try uninstalling 3DMark and reinstalling it to see if it is something screwy with 3DMark.

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umheint0

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Go into your display properties, and under opengl settings, disable vertical sync. I had this enabled before and it dropped my 3dmark score by nearly half. I'm back to my cheery old scores again.

XP 2500+ Barton @ 2256Mhz
A7N8X Dlx
2x512MB Corsair PC3200
MSI GF3Ti 500 @ 265/570
16x DVD-ROM
2x80GB 7200RPM Maxtor
Onboard audio
3DMark 2001 SE - 10528
 

sbecher

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I have done that, and it hasn't helped at all. Could be that the system just needs a re-load. I haven't noticed any problems with the four games that I play a lot. I'm just going to let it be until I need to reload it again, unless anyone has any further suggestions. Thanks.

Shawn D. Becher
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Paragon Development Systems
1823 Executive Drive
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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umheint0

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My last suggestion would be to stop caring about benchmarks. When I was getting my 5800 pts score, I just about gave up. I mean, the games were all running smoothly, no lag, maximum details and resolutions. So what if the program doesn't give you an accurate benchmark? It's the performance you see that really counts, I suppose. I'll leave the thread open to more ppl who tweak a little more than I do for more suggestions.

XP 2500+ Barton @ 2256Mhz
A7N8X Dlx
2x512MB Corsair PC3200
MSI GF3Ti 500 @ 265/570
16x DVD-ROM
2x80GB 7200RPM Maxtor
Onboard audio
3DMark 2001 SE - 10528
 

sbecher

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That is pretty much the conclusion I've come to as well. I guess I'm just curious as to why they suddenly dropped. Thanks.

Shawn D. Becher
RMA Expediter/Recycling Coordinator
Paragon Development Systems
1823 Executive Drive
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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