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Old August 28, 2008, 01:45 AM
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I don't know much about 3DMark Vantage benchmarks but according to my scores I'm on the low end for some reason. Having nothing but trouble with this latest build:

Case: Antec 900
Mobo: P5Q Deluxe
CPU: Intel Q9450
RAM: Mushkin XP PC2-8500 DDR2 1066
Video Card: Visiontek HD 4870 X2
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 640GB

The graphics tests I was averaging around 30 fps...that seems pretty low to me for the latest and greatest video card.

The scores at the very end were CPU: 10,900 GPU: 13,045

Is my computer busted or am I just imagining things?
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Old August 28, 2008, 01:48 AM
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Yay...just realized that those test were at 1280 x 1024 resolution too with the "performance" preset...
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Old August 28, 2008, 03:11 AM
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Nope, it looks fine to me 3DMark Vantage uses different scoring then 3DMark06, much lower scores.

My system got a CPU Score being 11567, and my graphics score being 8216. With a small Overclock on the CPU (see sig)

With the same system in 3DMark06 I got a score of 14461.

Ps. So what was wrong with your computer (when you couldn't get it to turn on...)

pps. Remember the Q9450 only runs at 2.66, so you need to overclock this to get better results.
EVGA780i FTW|Q9450@3.3|2x2GB Mushkin Redline 8000|GTX 260 Core 216 65nm|Corsair TX750|Antec 900|Acer 22|Antec Multimedia Premier|WD 640GB|Seagate 500GB|Logitech G15|Vista64
EVGA790i FTW|E8400@4.1|4x1GB Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866|2xGTX 260 55nm|CM 750W| CM690|Viewsonic 25.5|Seagate 500GBx2|Logitech G5|Razer Lycosa|Scythe Kaze Master 5.25|Win7 & XP
Dell XPS M170|Pentium M @2.00|2GB DDR2 @667MHz|Nvidia GeForce Go 7800 GTX|120GB|17" WUXGA|XP32

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Old August 28, 2008, 11:15 AM
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You and I have a fairly similar system so you probably know what's going on with mine.

Thanks for the advice for what was wrong with the PSU. Unfortunately it was nothing to do with the hardware unless you count my brain as malfunctioning .

Plugged the 6-pin connector for the video card into the 6-pin auxilary on the PSU instead of the 6-pin PCI-E. Pretty stupid of me .

Now if I can just get the CPU temp down I'll get into some overclocking. I've ordered a thermalright bolt-thru kit to get rid of this push pin design so hopefully in a few days I'll be able to give some positive updates.
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