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Bad 3DMark06 Score (6800 marks) with 2x 8800GTS 512 in SLI
waylander232 
4/6/08 7:29:23 PM
Serf

I have just built a new rig. The specs of which are:

Q6600 (Stock)
2gig RAM (not dual channel)
2x Inno3d 8800GTS 512 in SLI
750 Corsair PSU
ASUS P5N-D Mobo
Win XP (Up to date)

This was a completely new build and clean install. All bits were brought in the last week.

And yet when I run 3dMark06 I get an average of about 15 fps with a max of 32 and min of 9(?!?!) during the first test (Return to Proxsos or something). I have v1.10 basic, the free one.

I have enabled SLI through the NVidia Control Panel. Windows tells me I'm SLI enabled. Device Manager shows 2 display adapters. I have connected the bridge. I have the most up to date NVidia drivers I could find (175.16 WHQL). I've checked BIOS and there is no SLI or multi-GPU options. DirectX9c is up to date, don't know about others though.

When I have the SLI bar active it spends most of its time very close together or not visible at all. Only when the frame rate goes up does the bar fill with green, and that is when there is little happening on screen. I don't know how to read it.

I think I've included everything I can think of. I've scoured the internet for an answer and even these forums but no one has this exact problem. Please help.


Edited by waylander232: 4/6/2008 7:33:10 PM


Edited by waylander232: 4/6/2008 7:33:34 PM

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Tech-Kid 
4/6/08 7:45:29 PM
Champion
Perhaps go to even older drivers or even beta's. Ask Fruny as he has his 8800GT's in SLi working fine. But a score of 6800, truly shocking. Beats me by 300 points.

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TheFrunj 
4/6/08 8:14:37 PM
Titan

I'd suggest that you try older drivers, such as the 174.76 ones. A few people have had issues with the 175 series in XP.

You should be scoring around 13k with that rig. Maybe more, since you're on XP. A lot more if you overclock :)

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Jeruselem 
4/6/08 8:48:20 PM
Champion

You should be getting a lot more than 6800 indeed. 6800 is barely more than my 8800GS can manage (and Tech-Kids ATI HD3850). Try different drivers like guy in Green has suggested. :)

Oh, see there's an BIOS upgrade you can apply in case the original BIOS had a borked SLI.


Edited by Jeruselem: 4/6/2008 8:50:20 PM

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Fat_Bodybuilder 
4/6/08 8:50:34 PM
Titan

Have you run it without SLI? If you get a very similar score, then it's a CPU problem, possibly that EIST or some piece of crap technology is hindering performance.

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Tech-Kid 
4/6/08 8:52:37 PM
Champion
Hey FB man nice avatar. Oh yeah and thembs up from me for you to be a bouncer.

Back to the topic, do what FB said. Run only 1 card.

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Fat_Bodybuilder 
4/6/08 9:11:47 PM
Titan

Thx Tech Kid.

Okay @ OP, lets see some BIOS options here to make sure everything's alright. You have a Pheonix Award BIOS, not my style but hey, we can work with it.

Head into your BIOS, buy hitting delete on start up.
Go to the "Advanced" tab.
From there, go to "CPU Configuration".

Use these options:
CPU Internal Thermal Control: Disabled
Limit CPUID MaxVal: Disabled
Execute Disable Bit: Disabled
Virtualization Technology: Disabled
CPU Multiplier: 9x
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Tech: Disabled


These are just some things to make sure nothing is getting in the way of the CPU performing at it's best :-)

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nesquick 
4/6/08 11:12:21 PM
Guru

might i add check system processes and see if something is stressing your computer like a virus?

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waylander232 
5/6/08 11:19:23 AM
Serf

Ok so, I've tried the 174.74 driver. No difference, got 6802 marks.
Turned off all options in BIOS suggested by Fat_Bodybuilder, got 6911 marks.
I'm about to try disabling SLI to see the effect. I wouldn't have thought that CPU would make a big difference in a graphics test. Especially if it's not that bad a CPU. 4 cores and 2.4g isn't that bad...

Also 3DMark06 doesn't show a 2nd Display Adapter, which you can see here: http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/8026/3dmark06wz9.gif

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Ran without SLI and got 6838 3DMarks.


Edited by waylander232: 5/6/2008 11:35:27 AM

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Fat_Bodybuilder 
5/6/08 11:34:13 AM
Titan

Hmmm well, the CPU has to send the raw data to the graphics card for processing. However if the CPU doesn't send the normal amount, or is sending too little, then the graphics card won't be able to perform at it's best either, as it's not able to process the information it hasn't gotten yet.

Seewuddumean?

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waylander232 
5/6/08 11:37:22 AM
Serf

Ah right, makes sense. So i guess I'll try OCing the CPU and see where I get.

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Fat_Bodybuilder 
5/6/08 11:41:52 AM
Titan

No no no no no no! Not yet.

In the "Advanced Tab" , under jumper free configuration, change "AI Tuning" to Standard. See if that does anything.

Otherwise do Manual, and then go into FSB and Memory config, and make sure that your FSB(QDR) is 1066. To make sure you that you CPU is running at the correct speed.

Also download CPU Z and post a screen shot of the CPU tab open.


Edited by Fat_Bodybuilder: 5/6/2008 11:56:37 AM

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waylander232 
5/6/08 12:35:54 PM
Serf

6849 3DMarks with AI Tuning set to Standard. (SLI still off)

Switched to Manual and checked FSB was 1066 (point something).

Here is CPUZ: http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/9552/cpuzjq8.gif

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Me + Computer = Epic Fail
That's why I'm a Helpdesk Analyst...

Fat_Bodybuilder 
5/6/08 12:38:43 PM
Titan

Hmmm... So weird. Have you tried with one card yet?

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waylander232 
5/6/08 12:42:42 PM
Serf

I haven't physically removed the card, only turned off SLI in the NVidia Control Panel

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Me + Computer = Epic Fail
That's why I'm a Helpdesk Analyst...

Fat_Bodybuilder 
5/6/08 12:55:48 PM
Titan

And?

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waylander232 
5/6/08 2:00:53 PM
Serf

See my post above. It only made about 40 marks difference. I'll try taking it out physically soon.

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Tech-Kid 
5/6/08 4:33:38 PM
Champion
Man how do you know those 8800GTS arn't 8600GT's?

Just an unlikely possibility haha.

Seriously something is fuxxed up in your computer. Check the connector is plugged in properly.

Oh and also, your PSU could also be fuxxed.


Edited by Tech-Kid: 5/6/2008 04:33:55 PM

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#2: AMD Athlon XP 1800+ @ 1533MHz - MSI K7T266 Pro - 7600GS 400/400 - 512MB DDR 400 - Gen 450w

xidus 
5/6/08 5:12:13 PM
Overlord

shit... you're onto me, I was actually selling 8600GTs with the 8800GTS coolers.

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Tech-Kid 
5/6/08 5:26:27 PM
Champion
Are you serious?

I'm reporting you to the cops. Just joking.

Easy money :P

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