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Postby Brad » Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:32 pm

3d mark 06 = 8342

Vista, Athlon64x2 3800+ @2.4Ghz, 8800GTX at stock. Respectable, but not earth shattering. I think I'll drop back to xp and run it at some stage.

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Postby Mort » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:24 am

That's a pretty good number still. As per my previous post, dropping back to XP should make an obvious difference, but it sounds like you have enough to spare that the loss isn't a major concern. Still, it could add like 10% running under XP.
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Postby BigDaddyAdo » Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:43 pm

Im only getting 4068 using 3DMark06. I was thinking about overclocking my Sparkle 7900gs but i have never oc'd a vid card before. Any tips?


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Postby Mort » Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:57 pm

I had started to reply, but then decided a new topic on overclocking wasn't a bad idea... so check here for my reply.
http://forums.buddabudda.com/viewtopic.php?t=650
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Postby Matt » Mon May 21, 2007 9:39 pm

Getting 5132 in 3DMark 06, which I'm very pleased about for a $1300 spend. Using Brad's old 7900GT with the mem o/c removed. Left the GPU o/c in place and is running beautifully aircooled.

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Postby BigDaddyAdo » Tue May 22, 2007 3:25 pm

Matt wrote:Getting 5132 in 3DMark 06, which I'm very pleased about for a $1300 spend. Using Brad's old 7900GT with the mem o/c removed. Left the GPU o/c in place and is running beautifully aircooled.


What software are you using to oc it and at what settings?? I ask because i am slowly ocing my 7900gs.

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Postby Matt » Wed May 23, 2007 11:56 pm

Its not software o/c: Brad changed the voltage getting to the GPU with a conductive pen. The mod has three voltage steps - you can draw the easier one on first, and step it up if your card likes it. The link is here. Easy to follow, and you only need a multimeter for the mem o/c.

http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview ... id=1847758

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Postby Mort » Thu May 24, 2007 9:52 am

The mem and gpu speeds are configured through software though. There are plenty of ways to do it, either using the nvidia drivers built in oc tools or a third party one.
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Postby Brad » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:56 pm

Benchmarking the new Pc - I'll update this post as I go.
Intel E6600, 2Gb Geil Ultra DDR2, Asus P5N32-sli plus.

3dmark06

base settings: CPU @2.4, memory timing relaxed (CAS 5), Nvidia 8500GT @ default - 2185
base 2: Nvidia 8800GTX @ default (576Mhz core / 900 Mhz memory) = 9566
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Re: The official benchmarking thread

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:41 pm

So I finally got around to installing my watercooling gear on the new PC. After going out and replacing the motherboard that I managed to trash, I have a PC that is overclocked just a bit...

CPU - Intel Core2Duo E6600 (65nm, 2.4Ghz normal) running at 3.4Ghz (FSB 378Mhz @1.392V)
Memory: 2Gb geil Ultra (DDR2 - 800Mhz - 4/4/4/12) running at 947Mhz - 5/6/6/22 (@2.1V)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Ex38-DS5
Video: Nvidia 8800GTX (normal 576/900 Mhz) at 648 / 999Mhz

3dmark06 score = 12456

The CPU was stable enough to boot into windows at 3.6Ghz, but starts throwing errors in stress tests. The video card was crashing at 684Mhz, so I scaled it back a bit. the PC seems pretty stable now. Core temps on the CPU peak at 62C and on the GPU at 55C. I'm pretty confident cooling isn't the issue - this is just the limit of these parts. Bit dissapointing on the Video card really, that it can't go past Ultra speeds. But you gotta be happy with a 40% overclock from a $200 CPU.

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Re: The official benchmarking thread

Postby Mort » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:14 pm

Brad wrote: But you gotta be happy with a 40% overclock from a $200 CPU.
While I still think watercooling etc is way cool, and those are pretty impressive numbers, I'm still curious... does "$200 CPU + Watercooling kit and effort" work out less than the CPU that runs at the same level without needing to be overclocked?

I would also have thought that running the memory slower with lower timings would be better? Does the raw overclock on the RAM make up for the increase in the timing settings?
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Re: The official benchmarking thread

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:55 pm

Mort wrote:
Brad wrote: But you gotta be happy with a 40% overclock from a $200 CPU.
While I still think watercooling etc is way cool, and those are pretty impressive numbers, I'm still curious... does "$200 CPU + Watercooling kit and effort" work out less than the CPU that runs at the same level without needing to be overclocked?

Considering you cannot buy a Core2CPU faster than 3.2Ghz at the present time - priceless? (The dual core 3.16Ghz is worth about $500 if you can find it or the quad core 3.2Ghz is over $1000 or something stupid. ITEstate only have the E6750 in stock at present.)
And the 8800ultra is about $100 more than the GTX.
Admittedly, I've spent rather a lot on my setup - about $400 worth. Of course this is the 3rd PC most of this has gone onto - the only new bit is the graphics card waterblock. Having a PC this fast that is also silent is quite nice too. The rad has 3x 12cm fans at ~7volts - not much noise. The old P4 on the other side of the room is considerably louder.

I was originally intending to get one of the 45nm CPUs, but they're rare as hen's teeth at present, and the few shops that have them are charging a nice premium. (When you add in the cost of me breaking a motherboard I'm not that much ahead. Graphics card + large lump of copper = heavy. Capacitor on motherboard = fragile. Not a good combination.)

Mort wrote:I would also have thought that running the memory slower with lower timings would be better? Does the raw overclock on the RAM make up for the increase in the timing settings?

I didn't spend much time fiddling with memory timings - the difference in speed is not enough to worry about, and this isn't the most expensive ram around. The motherboard automatically finds the fastest timings that are compatible. These chips hit a limit at about 1Ghz - the fastest rate below that was 947.

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Re: The official benchmarking thread

Postby KRaM » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:02 am

While I still think watercooling etc is way cool, and those are pretty impressive numbers, I'm still curious... does "$200 CPU + Watercooling kit and effort" work out less than the CPU that runs at the same level without needing to be overclocked?


I think for Brad its more the journey than the end destination - a bit like paying for the night dominatrix multiple prostitute sex session rather than the 3.5 minute hand job.

Me I am waiting till the next big game comes out before I might consider bumping up the graphics card (GTA IV? BF 3?). My machine still handles everything I am playing these days more than adequately (I am in the 3.5 minute hand job camp).

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Re: The official benchmarking thread

Postby Mort » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:44 pm

KRaM wrote: My machine still handles everything I am playing these days more than adequately (I am in the 3.5 minute hand job camp).
Well, following that analogy, I'm still getting by with the womens underwear pages of the Target brochures delivered to my letter box :(
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Re: The official benchmarking thread

Postby nutsloose » Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:02 pm

Finally spent some of that hard earned cash on the following
Asus striker 2 formula 780sli motherboard
Asus 9800 gx2 card
Asus silent square cpu cooler
Antec Quattro 1000w ps
Quad core q9450 cpu (2.66)
Coolmaster cosmos 1100 case
22" asus monitor vk222u

3dmark06 running stock around the 12500 with 5% overclock ( 2.8 ) 13432
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