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I just got a ATI Radeon 6970, and I bench marked my old GPU (8800 GTS 512mb) and scored 139xx on 3dmarko6, then I just went to benchmark the new GPU and although it did score higher it was not significant, 16082.

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post #2 of 10
Same thing happened to me when I ran bench with Doom 2. My nVidia tnt2 got 90 fps while my 6970 got 112 fps.

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post #3 of 10
that score's about right. massive bottleneck on the cpu. even my 1090T @4ghz scores pretty low in 3dmark06 because it only uses 2 cores and only uses all cores with the cpu benchmark. that's why i5's and i7's have higher gpu scores coz they are faster clock for clock
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CPU bottleneck of course. If you overclock the CPU higher you would see a big score increase because that 6970 is being limited a lot when paired with a 3ghz Q6700.

Basically I wouldn't worry about it unless you're experiencing low FPS in games. 3dmark scores aren't too big of a deal, because you don't score that high because of your CPU but at the same time you should be able to run most games no problem.
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post #5 of 10
^

what he said.

your pc would perform almost the same with i7's and i5's in games at resolutions like 1920x1080 so don't worry about it. at that resolution 99% of the time the gpu is the bottleneck
post #6 of 10
3dMark06 is also more heavily cpu dependent comparatively. Platform upgrade time! Sandy bridge is pretty fast but I'd wait for Bulldozer, Intel making overclocking a marketing feature pisses me off.
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Look at the breakdown of scores, not the just the overall. CPU vs SM2.0 vs SM3.0

I would guess that would show what has already been pointed out here, your Q6600 @ 3.0ghz is weak on the CPU portion (compared to what reviewers use to benchmark). Give Vantage a run, that one is a little less CPU dependant.
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do you guys think that an i7-960 @ 3.8GHz is bottlenecking my dual 6970s? Got 26 200 and full OC'ed the cards as well, Im gonna work on hitting above 4.5GHz, I've run at 4.3GHz but it is almost 50c on liquid, and really not the greatest think for everyday use. @ 4.3GHz and both cards OC to max on CCC @ 940/1450, i get 32 455. The CPU score is from 6500~ @ 3.80GHz and 7900~ @ 4.3GHz

Biggest problem is i dont understand the 3DMark06 scoring scheme and the numbers simply don't add up. Is this score increase from the cpu alone, or is it a combination of unlocking the gpu's and cpu increase?

I've looked at i7 990x score and they are completely through the roof, some at as high as 45 000+!!
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Originally Posted by AlienPrime173 View Post
do you guys think that an i7-960 @ 3.8GHz is bottlenecking my dual 6970s? Got 26 200 and full OC'ed the cards as well, Im gonna work on hitting above 4.5GHz, I've run at 4.3GHz but it is almost 50c on liquid, and really not the greatest think for everyday use. @ 4.3GHz and both cards OC to max on CCC @ 940/1450, i get 32 455. The CPU score is from 6500~ @ 3.80GHz and 7900~ @ 4.3GHz

Biggest problem is i dont understand the 3DMark06 scoring scheme and the numbers simply don't add up. Is this score increase from the cpu alone, or is it a combination of unlocking the gpu's and cpu increase?

I've looked at i7 990x score and they are completely through the roof, some at as high as 45 000+!!
3dmark06 is a CPU benchmark now, with current GPUs.
     
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Originally Posted by Lezbianseagull View Post
I just got a ATI Radeon 6970, and I bench marked my old GPU (8800 GTS 512mb) and scored 139xx on 3dmarko6, then I just went to benchmark the new GPU and although it did score higher it was not significant, 16082.

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4 gig of DDR2 1000 Gskill ram
700watt Cooler Master p/s
320gb 7200rpm seagate H/D
Both the processor and the memory are bottle-necking your performance. The Q6700 is fine for gaming until you get into the high range GPUs. It will bottleneck anything above an HD 6750 or a GTX470 (for those cards it is adequate). Overclocking the chip will not help terribly much because it is an older architecture with less on-die cache and features than the Q9550.

However, you will see better performance on the i5 2300 to i5 2500 than on any of those older Core 2 Quads (and for much less money). The value on your system will soon be diminishing with the release of Ivy Bridge and Bulldozer.

You might want to think about purchasing an i5 motherboard, a single 4 GB module, and something like an i5 2500. Then you can sell most of your current parts and get anywhere from half to two-thirds of your money back. That would be an ideal set-up for that fantastic card.
    
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