Hanamichi wrote on 2020-10-30, 17:19:
Seems legit, same findings here: […]
Seems legit, same findings here:
https://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthrea … efinitive-Guide
"Are you running any PCI cards? If you are take them out! (Unless you are running a PCI video card of course)
You see 3DMark does not use any PCI cards, but they steal CPU cycles slowing your Benchmark down, Sound Cards are especially guilty of this, you’d be surprised how much of a difference to your score this makes!"
Some soundcards steal a lot of CPU cycles (onboard is probably a big offender), any chance to put a Creative/Aureal/Crystal/Philips/Yamaha soundcard in that machine?
I did notice it runs a couple of fps faster in some tests when sound / network disabled (the sound is onboard, but on the PCI bus, and I've ran test enabled and disabled).
I used Final Reality to check the PCI bus transfer rate and that seems to be ok.
The thing is that with the exact same hardware config and software, the results vary from run to run. I'm not always getting a consistent score.
I can imagine that it will never be exactly the same, and it can vary from time to time, but the difference between a 3DMark score of 1900 Vs 2200 is substantial ( a couple of minutes in between runs, the PC not doing anything in between runs), and the extra fps the system gets in the 2 game demos (race and first person shooter) is big.
Thanks a lot for the link by the way