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*** my 3dmark score is lower after I 'upgraded' my system. I was getting horrible performance in BF2142 so I thought that I'd run a bench. Guess what?
I went from my 3800+ X2 overclocked at 2.700 with a score of 8482 (SM 3.0 4051) to
8089 with a mild OC on my C2D: 2.8 GHz with a SM 3.0 of 3498.
I hope this is due to the new chipset....
I was running the standard catalyst 7.6s as opposed to the Warcat 7.4s, as Crossfire won't even work with drivers that old on my chipset.
Needless to say, I'm a bit disappointed and underwhelmed.
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post #2 of 92
Did you also "upgrade" your drivers? What version are you using?
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post #3 of 92
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standard 7.6 Catalyst. I tried the 7.4 Warcats (I was using these before) but Crossfire wouldn't enable, as this chipset is so new.
I dunno.....I hope it's a driver issue, because otherwise I spent $750 on a pointless C2D, motherboard, and RAM....only to get less performance.
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post #4 of 92
I doubt it's the chipset. Those drivers are meant for the HD2900XT and not your cards, or even mine.

Try any drivers 7.2 and below. Me and others have found them to be the best. I'm using Catalyst 6.10s right now. I love 'em.

Once you get CCC installed correctly, you should be able to enable CF just fine. Just make sure you clean out those drivers properly.
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post #5 of 92
He's in a crappy place though, mike. He's got a brand new chipset that requires new drivers but older cards than had drivers that were optimized for them back at 7.3.

What board did you come from again? The board you're on now is not only brand new and has incomplete driver support, it also is 16x/4x instead of 16x/16x or even 8x/8x. I'm still wondering at why you thought a new CPU would cure your FPS woes in any modern game. Were you unable to get it to respond to GFX overclocking?
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post #6 of 92
I had the same problem with 7.6. I downgraded back to 7.5 and now my system is a lot happier. According to most vista users it helps them, but for us xp users it brings us down.
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post #7 of 92
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Well I wasn't trying to get more FPS, but I was running an AT8 32X socket 939 motherboard with a 3800+ X2. I wanted to be able to sell the motherboard and DDR memory before the value dropped drastically, but I guess it bit me in the ass. I'll see if I can run the standard 7.4s or 7.5s, but the Warcat 7.4s wouldn't allow me to enable Crossfire.
This was on a fresh Windows install too.....
BTW, the reason I worry about the chipset is because I get this really weird art looking checkboard pattern when I start a game, then it goes back to normal.
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post #8 of 92
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I find it really hard to believe that I'm bottlenecking this bandwidth! I'm really hoping that it's just the crappy ATI drivers as of late (for my cards) I actually get a higher max FPS than with my older mobo..
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post #9 of 92
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Ok I discovered something really strange after reinstalling XP today. I tried BF2142 with default setting (auto detected at maxed with 2X AA) and 1024*768......my performance was the same as 1920*1080! Max FPS at 90-95 and minimum at about 25. This leads me to believe that it may be a driver issue with the P35. I read around that the Catalyst team worked some wonders with the 975X, so I hope that the same applies for the chipset....
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post #10 of 92
One day... buying early in a new generation always turns into the waiting game for drivers, which I feel is total and complete bullcrap. That's like producing a sports car being produced with tires off of a Geo Metro and expecting people to be happy with the car when it performs like crap.
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