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Ill provide detail as soon as I can boot that machine...

The long and short of it (thank god I keep notes).

Having very bad situational performance in mmorpg, lead me to benchmarking and tweaking. I believe I found my gpu significantly underperforming my abysmal CPU.

Athlon 64 x2 5600+
M2n sli
Nvidia GeForce 8600gt 512
3gig ram

Most recent 3dmark06:

3686
1454sm2
1326sm3
2244cpu

Like I said, I'll get more detail, but... Do the sm2/3 scores stick out at you? I'm topping out at 13-15 fps in rift and <1 when around 10people.

My notes are telling me most recent htt was 215mhz (3.010 on a 2.8), pic reference clock was (2.700mhz with 2.5 stock), rivatuner at 670 core 1545 shader 475 memory.

I never changed any from factory until I recently started using the pc again, but I did run age of Conan on it - which I recall was a gpu hog...
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Diagnosis: Your card was lethargic even when it was released 6 years ago.
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the GPU is not the best, and that is hwy you aren't getting good performance
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I'd say that score is about right, I remember freaking out "back in the day" cause I broke the 10,000 point mark with with two of them in SLI and a heavily overclocked system. They would score about 6500-ish stock, so with one card scoring around half of that, I'd say your card just isn't powerful enough to do what you expect of it. I still have those cards actually, just can't remember what rigs they are in now. They still do some light gaming from time to time though.
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Seems about right, the 8600GT is not a very fast card. I had an 8600GTS for a while and ditched it as soon as the 8800GT came out. You can get something significantly faster for very cheap used on OCN. PM if you are interested in buying my EVGA GTX 275 SC (very cheap), which would be a MASSIVE upgrade, and anything faster than that will be bottle necked by your cpu anyways.
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