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A very very disappointing day+night of benching. I received my second Ultra after stepping up to it from a 8800 GTS 640... so I wanted to bench the Ultras on 3dmark06 (with everything on stock) and see the performance gains:

Bench 1: 1st Single Ultra = 11,930

Bench 2: 2nd Single Ultra = 12,013

Bench 3: Both on SLI = 12,981

Imagine my surprise! Basically each point gain COST ME $1.00

NO GAIN in points and to add salt to the wound Tigerdirect is selling it for $699 vs $849 I paid for it.

Is there something I am doing wrong?

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EDIT: Benching 2x eVGA 8800 Ultra in SLI with a stock QX6700 2660 severely BOTTLENECKS the GPU Processors...

3dmark06: QX6700@3300mhz + SLI'd Ultras = 14,891

...not record breaking by any means, but this was done in VISTA, which probably negates around 500 points, and RAM @ 800 5/5/5/15 which further negates more points.

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post #2 of 143
Get that CPU up to near 4.0ghz...I don't understand why people use benchmarks...the whole point of all that hardware is to GAME! So why are you testing it on a program like 3DMark06? I couldn't care less what my score was, as long as it runs games fine.

Drivers drivers drivers...
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Originally Posted by nitteo View Post

A very very disappointing day+night of benching. I received my second Ultra after stepping up to it from a 8800 GTS 640... so I wanted to bench the Ultras on 3dmark06 (with everything on stock) and see the performance gains:

Bench 1: 1st Single Ultra = 11,930

Bench 2: 2nd Single Ultra = 12,013

Bench 3: Both on SLI = 12,981

Imagine my surprise! Basically each point gain COST ME $1.00

NO GAIN in points and to add salt to the wound Tigerdirect is selling it for $699 vs $849 I paid for it.

(DELETE)

Is there something I am doing wrong?

Definately something wrong there.

I have seen single Ultra over 13,000
post #4 of 143
Vista SLI support isn't mature yet... Also, it is a bit overkill on 1680x1050.
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Definitely something wrong.

You're sure you have the 3dmark06 settings at the standard 1280x1024 with all other settings turned OFF, including AA?

If I were you, I would start by completely reformatting (I do this anyway when I get a new piece of hardware) and installing everything fresh.

Then, push your proc up past 4.0GHZ. Also, there's still plenty of OC headroom left in your video cards.

But either way, your scores are way low. I was able to hit 11,000 points with an E6600 clocked to 3.0GHZ and a single 8800 GTS 320MB.

Scores for your setup should be in the 17,000 - 20,000 point range, depending on your clock speeds.
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I might rep you for that. I should've bought GTX KO's instead.


NOT.
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Your SM 2.0/3.0 and CPU scores are dreadfully low...
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Oh, YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM is Vista.

Running Vista is bad enough for gaming performance, but Vista SLI drivers are THE SUCK.

So reformat with XP (or buy a cheap Raptor and install XP on it and keep it as a benchmarking drive), and use that.

That should be your first step.
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Originally Posted by IamtheGTIguy View Post
Oh, YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM is Vista.

Running Vista is bad enough for gaming performance, but Vista SLI drivers are THE SUCK.

So reformat with XP (or buy a cheap Raptor and install XP on it and keep it as a benchmarking drive), and use that.

That should be your first step.
I was thinking about that. I might just do it over the weekend.
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What res are you running? I'd think you would need at least a decent 22' to bring out those monsters. Right now your rig is bottlenecked by your CPU, although it's powerful as hell...it's not enough to keep up with 2 ULTRAS!!!

Get a good monitor, run a high arse res that way the main load goes to the Ultras, not the CPU.
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