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Old 05-26-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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hello---

i recently purchased a 512mb PNY 8800GTS (g92) graphics card and installed it into my compaq sr2050nx. Here are some specs:

Pentium D 320 2.8ghz (2 cores)
2 GB RAM 800 mhz
250 GB Hard Drive (7200rpm)
500w Antec Basiq PSU

So anyway i put in the card and loaded up 3dmark 06. I was hoping to see a giant increase over my old x1950GT, however I only scored about 5500 3dmarks (no AA/AF)! This is very low, concerning all the very high benchmarks i have seen for this card. I was extremely dissapointed, as i was hoping to blow away all my games... btw yes I updated my graphics driver to latest beta version...

One possible reason is the cpu bottlenecking the card... but i dont think it should by this much!

I also updated my BIOS, however could not find a chipset download for this comp.

By searching google and other forums, i see others have the same prob, but their solutions don't work for me!

Any ideas?

Thanks guys for your help!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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I wouldn't be surprised if it was your CPU. NetBurst isn't that great.
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:50 PM   #3
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thats what i thought too...

any other ideas?
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:50 PM   #4
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Yeah, big ass bottleneck on that cpu there. Other than that, drivers.
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:55 PM   #5
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drivers are up to date

is it fairly hard to upgrade processors? i have about a high experience working with computers...
ive been checkin out that hot 45nm e8400, i might buy that to replace this piece of crap pentium d
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I would have to agree that your Pentium D is holding back the 8800GTS.

The E8400 would do the trick as long as your motherboard supports it.
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never mind.... my mobo doesnt support core 2 duos.... piece of garbage >
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update your board and throw that PD in there and then later on get a E8400
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Don't worry, 3DMark is flawed because of it's CPU scores. General gaming won't take much of a hit with a Pentium D even though Netburst was awful.
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are you sure? im having a hard time playing games like crysis even in medium. my friend, with the same card, says he gets 30-35 fps avg in very high! Strange though, some games like vegas 2 and unreal 3 i get like 50 fps
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