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Topic # 114749 1-Mar-2013 16:09
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My wife built her first computer a few weeks back, and we were having a look at some benchmarks to compare the performance difference between our computers.  She's got a Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) 3570k, 8GB DDR3 RAM, a 240GB Intel 335 SSD, and a 2GB GTX 660Ti.  I've got a core I7 (Lynnfield) 860, 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 120GB Intel 330 SSD, and a 1GB Radeon HD5850.

We ran 3DMark 11, and my system came out miles ahead.  None of our components are overclocked - all standard, and the benchmark was using the same settings.  My overall score  was P7526, whereas she got P3793.  The only score that her system beat mine on was Physics (she has PhysX, of course, being an Nvidia card), but even there she only just beat me (6330 vs 6274).  We ran another benchmark - MSI Kombustor - and at 1680 x 1050 she only got 22FPS, which seemed very low for a current model card.

I ran the OCCT GPU:3D test, and at 1680 x 1050 fullscreen, with shader detail set to 7, her system reached about 138FPS.

I installed FRAPS and played Assassins Creed III at maximum settings, at 1680 x 1050, and she peaked at about 59FPS.

This seems a bit weird to me.  It seems like 3DMark 11 and Kombustor are not working properly.  The card itself seems fine, and while we haven't tried Crysis or something similar on it, it seems to be handling things alright.  Should we expect more from the card, or is it just a software glitch in these benchmarks?

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  Reply # 772368 1-Mar-2013 16:30
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Interesting. Firstly, are the drivers for her 660Ti completely up to date? (ie, did you pull them from the nvidea website?)



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  Reply # 772432 1-Mar-2013 19:35
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Yep. Everything up to date and squeaky clean...

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  Reply # 773574 2-Mar-2013 11:14
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Check the PCI express power connector. Unplug it and replug it in. Even better, if her PSU has another pci express power connector try that one...(not sure if that card requires two)

Make sure that you havent set the power management of her system to something like power saver.
Also make sure you havent changed the power profiles settings to do anything silly like 50% cpu frequency.
Are the cooling fans on the cpu & gpu spinning?

Can you take a screenshot with GPUz and post it here?
What operating system and main board are on her system?

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