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Does anyone out there do benchmarks on there system just for the hell of it? I tried it recently with 3DMark03 and got a very low score. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or advice on how to raise my score and get better 3D performance out of my PC. Here are my specs:

 

2.0ghz

120GB HD

512mb of RDRAM

ATI 9500 Pro

 

Thanks in advance.

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I score about ~5500 in 3dMark03 with my ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. This is up from ~1500 I was getting with my old GeForce4 Ti4600.

 

The Video forums over at http://www.sharkyforums.com have a lot of people dedicated to overclocking their systems to achieve highest possible score.

 

The easiest way to getting a better score, especially in 3dMark03, is to overclock your PC a little, or upgrade your video card.

 

FOr reference I'm running:

 

AMD Athlon XP 2400+

MSI KT3-Ultra ARU

1GB PC2700 DDR SDRAM

ATI Radeon 9800 Pro

80GB HD

Audigy 2 Platinum

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Step 1. Uninstall 3DMark03.

Step 2. Install an actual real-life game that has a benchmark mode.

Step 3. Realise what your actual performance is like.

 

3DMark is great if you wanted to know how well your card works with version 1.4 pixel shaders, but there isn't a game out there that does, to my knowledge.

 

Never underestimate the point of timedemo 1, however.

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Install an actual real-life game that has a benchmark mode.

 

That's the best way. Although 3dMark03 sure does look pretty when you benchmark with it. :)

 

There is no game that takes advantage of all the features DX9 has right now, so your bets bet is find a game you like to play (UT2K3 for example) and use it's built in benchmarking tool to see what kind of performance you get.

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A man after my own heart.

 

I think Camp is being facetious here Joel. :wink:

 

Considering all the nonsense controversy going on with "cheating" in benchmarks leveled at both companies its useless to even bother with 3D mark anymore. I completely agree with Ian on using game benchmakrs such as Unreal 2003's and Splinter Cells benchmark utilities.

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Put in an nVidia card to improve your 3Dmark score

 

Camp, how could you say that? :D

 

I was really just curious to see what my machine would score and the results seemed low. However, I refuse to overclock. I'm just to chicken for that.

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the results seemed low

 

Considering I used to get ~13000 in 3DMark 2001, anyones score seems low when using 3DMark03.

 

The only way to get a decent score, say about +4000 (I think thats decent) is to have a really kick ass DX9 compliant video card. And a decent PC helps too.

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However, I refuse to overclock. I'm just to chicken for that.

 

Overclocking is no big deal (unless you really want it to be). I found it kind of fun (to a point). You learn a ton about your bios and motherboard...and really begin to respect a good mobo design and bios implementation. However, the most fun for me was the cooling. I find heatsinks to be very cool from an industrial design perspective. For a while I collected heatsinks like they were baseball cards. Fans too...I probably have 30 to 40 different fans laying around here (not counting the 8 or so in my PC).

 

I'm glad I stopped before I got into water cooling though.

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I would say 3000 with a 9500 Pro is just about right. Highest score I've seen was ~7000 with a 9800 Pro, and a pretty beefed out and overclocked rig.

 

That's cool. I'm not so much benmarking to get the highest score possible. I just want to make sure I'm getting the most I can get out of my system. As far as overclocking, I have not even looked into it, well maybe just a little. I might do some research and play around but not until I can replace whatever I break. Time to start saving some money! :D

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