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GTX 680 FTW+ 4gb


I am getting valley marks right around 1000. I see others getting crazy scores with 3570k's and 3770k's with the same or the 2gb version of this card. People with gtx 570s are getting better scores.
I also have a gtx 570 which I have tested in valley and the best i've done is 780 which is about half what other users of this card have done.

Suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 22
If a 920 doesn't bottleneck a titan, your CPU is fine.
I don't know what it is, but it's not your CPU.
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post #3 of 22
Just like Legonut said, the 950 can't be the bottleneck especially in Unigine. Heaven and Valley aren't even CPU-intensive to start with.

Are you sure you're running your RAM at 1600MHz? Besides that I really don't know... Some PCI-Express related motherboard option maybe?

Edit: What are your settings in Valley? Let me run it with my 2 OC'd 670s and tell you my score.
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post #4 of 22
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I'm running the extreme HD preset. 1920x1080 full sceen.


You may be right about the motherboard causing issues. Earlier I found out that my top pci 16x port was busted (caused green flashing pixels that was corrected by switching the gpu to the lower setting).


Please let me know your score and any tests you can think up to recify this issue.


Thanks.

Edit: The ram is running at about 1394 or so.
Edited by Callist0 - 3/31/13 at 8:06am
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post #5 of 22
Testing now. Also are you sure you've set up your RAM correctly? 4 DIMMS on Dual/Triple channel platform can be tricky.

Edit: Just run this on my two EVGA GTX 670 FTWs @ 1254MHz Core 7200MHz Memory (about GTX680 performance each). I watched the CPU usage on my G15's LCD throughout the benchmark and my little i5-2500K didn't go past 50%. My score is at the 3500 mark, so you should be scoring between 1800 and 2000 if you take SLI scaling into account.


Edited by Daredevil 720 - 3/31/13 at 8:25am
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post #6 of 22
makes sure the gpu is in a x16 slot not a x8 as your board has 2 of the x8 and 2 of the x16 your manual should say which or even your mobo itself
im pretty sure the 2 in the red squares are the x16 slots



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Edited by Jimbags - 3/31/13 at 8:29am
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It's in the 16x slot. Gigabyte has the top slot and the 3rd slot as 16x 2.0, verified by GPU-Z.

CPU-Z also verifies (as did the mobo manual) that I have the memory in triple channel. Just worked up an OC to 4.2GHZ and 1600mhz DDR3 so it's at its highest level.

Fortunately I have water cooling so it's cool as can be.


http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/465652?

Lol at the processor speed...
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post #8 of 22
so your gpu is def boosting up?
also your ram says 667 on some?
def not the cpu here
Edited by Jimbags - 3/31/13 at 8:35am
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Originally Posted by Callist0 View Post

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/465652?

Lol at the processor speed...

Here's my 3DMark score: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/359924

As you can see your CPU score beats mine, and your GPU score is more than half of mine. So I would say your 3DMark score looks good??
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I got two mislabled sticks of DDR3 1600 (says 12800 but really 10600). I don't usually go over 1333 so it doesn't really matter.

I spose you are right, Daredevil, things look good from a 3Dmark standpoint. Just was strange to get such a low score on Valley considering what I see people get in the Valley thread.

Thanks for all the help guys.
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