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I just run 3dmark11 on advanced with my cpu at 4.1GHz and scored slightly less than my cpu at 4.9 ghz. why is that? any ideas

Results
4.1 http://3dmark.com/3dm11/787242
Score: x1713
Graphics Score: 1542
Physics Score: 7782
Combined Score: 1931

GT1: 7.91
GT2: 7.99
GT3: 7.47
GT4: 4.74
PT: 24.71
CT: 8.98

4.9 http://3dmark.com/3dm11/787245
Score: x1715
Graphics Score: 1540
Physics Score: 8925
Combined Score: 1912

GT1: 7.90
GT2: 8.05
GT3: 7.32
GT4: 4.77
PT: 28.34
CT: 8.90
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As with science classes in school, you need to repeat anything to get effective results. Go back and do another two passes (at least) with both of them. I bet you'll get *slightly* different results each time.

Generally, statisticians will adopt a percentage amount that each can be different before assuming that a difference means something. This is probably a good example of why.

Edit:

I just noticed the overall scores vs the actual scores. I don't know how they calculate those, since the individual scores you posted are pretty close.
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From further testing.overclocking my gpu lowered my score. This program seems useless.
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remember, you play games, you don't play benchmarks.
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remember, you play games, you don't play benchmarks.
ahaha. Try vantage.
    
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i know it's kinda funny, but i'm serious.
Everyday i see people killing themselves in front of a pc, trying to gain few points in this stupid benchmarks and it's not funny at all. If you are ok with gaming (good frames per second), do not waste yout time with points, cause they don't mean a thing.
Edited by vsmith - 3/9/11 at 9:53am
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try game benchmarks instead. They're more real-life
    
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I dont care about points but I was intrigued at how so much extra power equated into lower score, maybe there is a penalty for overclocking in that benchmark. I am happy with my 55+fps in crysis and crysis warhead. My 55+fps in Batman:AA. Metro runs great, HL2 runs insanely fast(i know its old as hell). Civ 5 works great, Rift runs fine. My system can really take anything and really pump it. True 1080p gaming isn't the hardest anymore but it looks o so good on my 37inch tv. I think a step up to a GTX 580 will give me a little better life on my system, I rarely do upgrades. I do full rig upgrade every 3 and a half years so I have to make this last. Maybe 1440p TV's will be out by then.
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post #9 of 12
Your using a benchmark test that is made for GPU testing.. and complaining about CPU results.

If you want to see your CPU give your score a boost run 3D'06 or Vantage. Remember, just because its a benchmark, doesnt mean its testing what want. You have to understand the programs function to use the results it gives you.
post #10 of 12
Well it is weird that the total score is only X2 difference because all the scores on both test are very similar except for the physics score on your 4900mhz one, its like almost 1200 points higher and should give you a much higher score. Try running performance.
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