Does anyone know what the best video card benchmark utility is and where I can D/L it? I went to maximumpc their utility says my card is running like 200% slower than the radeon 9700 pro, the only thing is I have a radeon 9800 pro. wth??
yes I downloaded, 3dmark 2003, thanks. But I only scored 5600. isn't that awfully low? on maxpc.com my video card rated 200% lower than the radeon 9700 but I have a 9800. does anyone know what might be my problem?
well 5600 may not be that low but if you look at my sys. specs I should be in like the top 5-10% but I'm nowhere near. I have the latest bios driver(1010) and the latest video driver (catalyst 3.6). is there anything I'm missing from the equation?
I have 2X 512mb of pc3200 running in dual channel, 400mhz, linear. not too sure what linear is. and I'm not sure where to go to make sure my fsb is running at 800mhz, I would assume the default would be but you never know.
When you installed the memory did you stagger - basically enable dual channel by putting one stick into the first then third slots? Is the memory matched (same memory timings) and finally what brand?
Did you run any other benchmark tests - SI Sandrasoft? You can download the basic version for free. Try the memory bandwidth, etc. and see how your numbers compare to other processors in SI's list - post some of your basic numbers.
Are you using the stock bios settings (spec memory timings) or are you attempting to overclock?
When I manually entered my memory timings from the preset I increased my benchmark results by about 7-10%.
It may not be the motherboard but the video card settings - check your AGP size - Asus sets it to 64mb when with your card it should be 128 to 256 - again with my lowly 9200 changing the AGP size made a difference - although not all that much - maybe 250 pts on the 3dMark.
Yes I placed the memory in the 1st and 3rd slots. as far as brand I'm not too sure. I bought them from motherboard express.com but I don't see where the brand is. I don't know if the memory is matched. It says that it's running in dual , linear mode. the only benchmark test I've run is 3dmark. what site can I get the sandrasoft, and is that specifically for ram?I'm not trying to o/clock but where do I manually put in my presets. My BIOS must be different than it's supposed to because wherever someone tells me to go to BIOS to do something 9 times out of 10 I can't find it.
Although I did see where my AGP aperature was set to 64mb so I'll have to change that to 128.
as far as my RAM brand, when I ordered it online I didn't specifically ask for Kingston or Corsair so I'm sure they gave whatever would pass the bench test before shipping( I was impressed with that, they actually tested my mobo and ram together before they shipped it, I wish more companies would do that.)
oops I forgot I bought my cpu through motherboardexpress also and they benchtested that all together too.
Ok, well to get to the BIOs you press the DEL (delete key) when the machine is first turned on. First you probably need to update your bios to the latest version from ASUS (you're going to have to read the manual for this one because you can really mess things up). The bios is on a chip not on your harddrive - if you didn't know. Update to the latest 1010 from ASUS, also get the latest video drives from the manufacturer of the video board
The link below will allow you do download the basic version of
SandraSoft which will benchmark your memory as well as other things.
Once you update the BIOS and video driver then run a benchmark. The BIOS and DRIVER that come with your rig are probably a little buggy since the MOBO is pretty new and others have had problems with the ORIG BIOS versions.
Make sure you are comparing your 3dMark2003 results with the same...most results posted around the net are for 3dMark2001 which are 2x or 3x higher. I know there was a patch listed for 2003 but I don't know how it effects the scoring.
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