As far as i'm aware from the thread he made about the AMD64 X2 config he's installed a 7600 GT, but I dunno if he posted his upgraded 3DMark06 score (if so I may not have seen it properly just glanced over it).
You have a point in expectations Archaon, but then again really in my opinion its better to never take note of "synthetic" benchmarks such as 3DMark. I like to run games and use FRAPS' benchmarking feature, then I can gain a much better insight into just how well my rig performs.
Thanks guys and yes Sam I changed my vid card to a 7300GT the benchmark was around 1631-1637 with it. Im getting the following FPS's: GTA San Andreas (1280x1024 full graphics): Min 25 Avg 40 Max 95 NFS Carbon (1024x768 full graphics minus blur): Min 7 Avg 17 Max 21 (seems to be limited to 20-21FPS) Entropia Universe (1280x1024 Full graphics) : Min 27 Avg 45-50 Max 120 Half Life 2: Episode 1 (1024x768 Full graphics) Min 19 Avg 28 Max 33 This are the games I have tested so far. Thanks again for the guidance im just trying to decide whether to formatt or not. Currently I have cool n' quiet on,AMD drivers and AMD optimizer. Hotfix was uninstalled but i kept the registre entre with (1) value and kept the entre on the boot ini too.
Another important note... GTA:SA Geforce 7300GS: 25FPSavg After fixes: 9FPSavg After fixes but changing to 7300GT: 45FPSavg
" NFS Carbon (1024x768 full graphics minus blur): Min 7 Avg 17 Max 21 (seems to be limited to 20-21FPS)"
Carbon doesn't like 7-series GeForce cards. I'm unsure why, but even on a 7950 GT it can only manage a playable frame rate (in my opinion 25fps minimum) at 1024x768 with all details maxed out, so it won't be limited.
I think Cool 'N' Quiet causes a slight performance blip as it switches from its idle clock speed/multiplier to the default, however if that is the case it shouldn't be too much bother if any.
If the GS had 256MB DDR2 but it showed up in dxdiag as 512MB then it will have used TurboCache to borrow the extra RAM from the system, which causes a major performance bottleneck.
All in all, your system should now be performing as expected for the spec, so the major culprit in your terrible gaming performance from before the upgrade I suspect will have been the GS' TurboCache feature (Well done Nvidia for producing imo one of the worst graphics card features ever).
You had a 7300 GS and went out a bought a 7300 GT?........ You most likely won't see any difference at all with that small of an upgrade. To see a difference you need to atleast get a 7600GT or higher.
Although I see your problem now seems to be VGA related, according to what I have read, if you install the AMD dual core optimizer you do not need to install the Windows XP hotfix.
Hey, btw ... if that's called a hotfix ... what is that supposed to fix ? Are these processors somewhat buggy (like the early Pentiums were) ? ...
The hotfix is basically the windows version of the DCO, however the two aren't friends with each other to put it sarcastically.
Kpeters, your system should perform as expected for the specs you have. However if you want a bit more performance, and are willing to give your pc a bit of a push, then you could try overclocking your system (although its risky in the sense it could damage your components if you go one step too far).
I've hit 2.60Ghz on my system (up from 2.00Ghz, using a 2/3 memory divider, 1.55V Vcore up from 1.35V and a 260x10 HTT/Multiplier) and the performance is noticeable. However if you think to yourself its performing fine now then leave it as it is otherwise you may be landing yourself in more potholes.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ @ 2.60Ghz 2048Mb Corsair RAM ASUS A8N32-SLi Deluxe MSI GeForce 7900 GTO @ 700/1420 Seasonic S12-600 PSU
EDIT: Is it me or has some post jumping occurred in this thread?!
ConstanceJill;3665225Hey, btw ... if that's called a hotfix ... what is that supposed to fix ? Are these processors somewhat buggy (like the early Pentiums were) ? ...
A timing problem supposedly. It's not a problem with the processor its a problem with Windows. From what I've been told the Hotfix does the same as the AMD Optimizer so... I think you'll only need one.
Yes thanks guys I did uninstall the hotfix all I was wondering is if I am getting all the juice out of my current configuration. Since it was so crappy just before i changed to the GT.