3DMark question....HELP

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Vader, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Vader

    Vader Supporting Actor

    Mar 19, 1999
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    I really hope someone can explain this one, because I am at a loss. I just upgraded from Windows 98SE to Windows XP (I know, I know…), and after installing the video drivers for my new card, did my customary 3D benchmark to see how much I gained. That’s where I am baffled.

    Here is my system before:
    Windows 98SE
    Athlon 1700+ (1.465 Ghz)
    GeForce 3 Ti200 (64M, 4x)
    512M RAM
    3Dmark 2000 score: 9550
    3Dmark 2001SE score: 6500

    And after:
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Athlon 3000+ (2.1 Ghz)
    GeForce 6600GT (128M, 8x)
    1 Gig RAM
    3Dmark 2000 score: 13550
    3Dmark 2001SE score: 13950

    Conventional wisdom would conclude that if 3DMark 2001 is much more demanding than 3Dmark2000, it’s score would increase by a smaller margin. But, in my tests, the 2001SE score increases by over 100%, and the 2000 score by a mere 41%. Shouldn’t the reverse be true? Or, do I have a bottleneck on 3DMark2000? TIA!
  2. MikeH1

    MikeH1 Screenwriter

    Oct 25, 2000
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    Use 3d mark 05, check guru3d.com to see how you stack up and don't worry about 5 year old tests.
  3. D. Scott MacDonald

    D. Scott MacDonald Supporting Actor

    Oct 10, 1999
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    Conventional wisdom goes out the door when you are dealing with benchmarks. While useful, they frequently do not test scenarios that match what you need your system to do. Furthermore, drivers almost always contain hacks to detect a benchmark and then contain tweaks for handling them. Sometimes simply renaming the filename will cause a radically different benchmark result (but not always, as there are other ways to detect the benchmark beside filenames). It may be that your drivers have hacks for 2001, but not for 2000 since OEMs probably abandoned that benchmark due to its age.

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