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Aaron Sommer Feb 10, 2004, 08:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,
I have a Athlon XP 3000+ with DDR 3200 512mb ram, A78NX-X Asus GeForce 2 chipset motherboard and a Sapphire ATI 9600SE with 128mb ram. I just benchmarked my computer with 3dmark03 and I got a score of 1603. Why is it so low? I also changed the bios to aggressive performance and got the same results, and I just defragged the drive with diskkeeper 8.


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Ryan Froehlich Feb 10, 2004, 09:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Poor 3dmark03 score with nice computer.
Drivers?

Kamil Zielinski Feb 10, 2004, 09:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Poor 3dmark03 score with nice computer.
ati saphire's suck thats prob why

Henry Martin Feb 10, 2004, 09:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Poor 3dmark03 score with nice computer.
No, ATi Sapphire's do not suck. They are almost exactly the same as the normal ATi cards. I have one myself and it is great. The thing that I think is the problem is that you are using the 9600 SE, which isn't a great performance card. It can barely hold a candle to the 9600 Pro. That is your problem right there.

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E S Feb 11, 2004, 09:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Poor 3dmark03 score with nice computer.

Aaron, Henry's right.

The 9600 SE's memory is clocked at 200 mhz or 400 DDR. My 9600 Pro is clocked at 300mhz or 600 mhz DDR. The SE is gonna be memory limited and I don't know how much you can overclock the memory to get rid of that problem.

For reference, I had an 1800+ and at 1.64 ghz stock 9600 would give me around 2800 in 3dmark03. OC'd to 454/362 I can get up to 3600 or so. With the new 2400+ I am now pushing 3990 in 3dmark03 (again, overclocked video)


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