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Would anybody be able to offer up some tips to improve my system performance? I'm getting these results in 3DMark 11.

My build is exactly as listed in my signature and I have overclocked the 6970s in AMD Overdrive to be steady at 920/1450mhz, but I'm still being told that the performance is below average for this hardware. I'm a tad bit stumped. Perhaps a downgrade on the Catalyst drivers... Any ideas?
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Disable the uneccesary start up programs
 
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Overclock your CPU. At the stock 3.3ghz, you're substantially bottlenecking two 6970s.
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post #4 of 9
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Seriously hemmed the startup programs down. That was kind of derp on my part
I'll post the results once that CPU is OC'd. Thanks.
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post #5 of 9
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Results after my first ever attempt to overclock the CPU

So it definitely seems like the scores have improved now that the clock speed is up to 3.8ghz but it still reports as being on the lower side. Can anyone spot anything else my novice self may be doing wrong?
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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by evilsearat View Post
Results after my first ever attempt to overclock the CPU

So it definitely seems like the scores have improved now that the clock speed is up to 3.8ghz but it still reports as being on the lower side. Can anyone spot anything else my novice self may be doing wrong?
Run your memory @ 1600 or change kits to a 1600Mhz kit; major performance also comes from increasing your CPU/NB to 2400Mhz+.

Those two things will almost guarantee higher scoring.
    
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post #7 of 9
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Hmm.. memory and cpu/nb seem a little harder than the cpu and gpus. When I adjust either I get a CMOS checksum error and it doesn't want to boot. Shot in the dark, but is this a result of the fact that I have yet to increase any voltages?
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post #8 of 9
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Got the CPU/NB to stick at 2400mhz without raising any voltages and got these results.
Eventually I'll upgrade to RAM designed for 1600. I'm pretty satisfied with the jump from the first post (almost 400 points!) Thank you to all that offered advice. It has been a very educational day.
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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by evilsearat View Post
Got the CPU/NB to stick at 2400mhz without raising any voltages and got these results.
Eventually I'll upgrade to RAM designed for 1600. I'm pretty satisfied with the jump from the first post (almost 400 points!) Thank you to all that offered advice. It has been a very educational day.
Glad its helping.

Voltage increases will yield better results, cooling permitted of course!
    
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