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I recently formatted my HDD 'cause I was having problems with BSOD's and such. I put them down to bad SATA drivers, so I haven't installed them this time.

Before I re-formatted I got this score;


I'm not too sure on the drivers I was using, but I think they were the 180.48's.

Now that I've formatted, I'm using the newer 180.84's and I've OC'ed my cards a little higher, yet when I run 3DMark, I score around 16100. The only thing that looks to have changed is my SM3.0 Score. It's now about 7500.

Could this be down to the drivers, I wouldn't have thought they could make that much of a difference, right?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 8
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I did some looking around and drivers shouldn't make that much difference. What else could it be?
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post #3 of 8
Drivers can make that much difference, I installed the 181.0's the other day, I was using the 180.48's before that and it dropped my 3DMark06 score from 18366 to 17100, strangely my vantage score didn't change nor did performance in games, I actualy gained a few FPS in Far Cry 2..
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Ah right, Ok. That's surprising, I would never expected it to be that much. I may try installing the 180.48's again then. Thanks for your help! +Rep
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^^ Yeah suprised me too, never experienced a drop like that with any drivers before, i'm still using the 181.0's right now though, couldn't be bothered switching back since I didn't see a decrease in folding performance, I might do another 3DMark06 run to see if it was a one off or not..
post #6 of 8
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I may try the 181's out, do they still have the "optimization" for GTA?

Just noticed, nice board!
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post #7 of 8
Not sure about the GTA optimization, since you're already about switch drivers I guess it wouldn't hurt to give them a try huh, btw were you at 3.4ghz in that 3DMark run and it's just reporting it wrong? It does that to me too
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Well, I don't have GTA yet, but I could always roll 'em back I guess. Yeah, I was at 3.4Ghz, lol, 3.8, I wish!
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