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What is the "secret" to getting 70k in 3Dmark01?

I OCd my e6600 rig last night:

CPU@3700mhz + Ultra in SLI @685/2200 + Ram@1150mhz = 49,986

(For comparison only) LitlRatt:

CPU@3600mhz + GTX in SLI @626/2000 + Ram(Unknown) = 70,458

What gives? Vista? Nvidia Drivers (I have 158.45)? I have googled/changed settings in 01/change bios settings...I am stumped.
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A funny thing I find is that if I overclock my card too much I end up getting LOWER scores!!! You need to find a sweet spot between stability and performance when you are overclocking and benchmarking!
    
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Yes, Vista.
It's not that great for benchmarking (Compared to XP.)

Make a partition of like, 15GB. Have it for XP, 3DMark, and drivers only. Use it for benchmarking.
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I agree with alk and The Pook, setup a partition and use only for benching you'll see a score difference with XP over Vista. When I first installed my GTX I ran all benches (01-06) wrote all scores down and then flashed to GTX KO bios and reran and wrote all scores down for comparison, then slowly OCed the card to I found a point where I couldn't go any higher without the scores actually going down. Actually at a 648/2000 on the card....also you can try upping the pci-e in the bios I have mine at 120 instead of 100. Start at 110 rerun your beches and try 115,120 till it won't run the tests complete
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Change the res to like 320x...
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I agree with alk and The Pook, setup a partition and use only for benching you'll see a score difference with XP over Vista. When I first installed my GTX I ran all benches (01-06) wrote all scores down and then flashed to GTX KO bios and reran and wrote all scores down for comparison, then slowly OCed the card to I found a point where I couldn't go any higher without the scores actually going down. Actually at a 648/2000 on the card....also you can try upping the pci-e in the bios I have mine at 120 instead of 100. Start at 110 rerun your beches and try 115,120 till it won't run the tests complete
Thanks, Ill try that tonight (Xp + PCI-e Speed)
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post #7 of 19
Try removing one GPU and run in single card mode .. you may also find it is a driver issue (Vista) but use XP with driver 158.22.

2001SE is very sensitive to CPU speed and Memory bandwidth, sort this out and you will see a jump, then work on the GPU, then the other tuning should see you back up... hence knowing how each of your key components max out then bring them all together...
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Also, instability in your overclocks can cause your scores to go down...

EDIT: Whoa! Your score is waaaay low I get 61.5k with my rig and the E66 at 3.4GHz...
post #9 of 19
You should get 60k without even breaking a sweat. easily.

I mean... *I* got 64k...

Remove two sticks or RAM. Run with 2GB only.

Disable any an all services and other background applications you do not need (AERO is the first one to go)
    
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Well you could go LN2 on your video cards
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