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Thread: ati radeon 9800 - low scores




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    Some of you may remember me from my oddity with a radeon 9500 :)

    anyway, I've upgraded to a radeon 9800 pro. I am still getting very screwy scores in 3dmark01 though :(
    14232 3d marks.
    i know this is quite low.. can anyone help me with this??
    specs:
    pentium 4 2.8c (800 fsb, hyperthreading)
    windows xp professional
    512 mb single channel kingston 400 mhz ddr pc 3200
    Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro
    Asus p4p800

    any help is greatly appreciated. (BTW my 3dmark03 scores seem to be right. ~5600)
    -IceBlade

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    Get another stick of ram and run dual channel. You're seriously crippling that system by only running one stick.

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    hmm. are you sure? i just cant get any more hardware for my system right now lol

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    Yes I'm sure. You cant run an 865 system like yours in single channel. Horrible performance.

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    hmm... well i dont think ill be able to get another stick of ram any time soon :(

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    I'd look to see if you could sell your 1 stick of 512 to someone, ebay it it perhaps. Then use that money to get 2x256mb sticks. If you're only using ValueRAM it should be easy to sell, and you could get 2x256mb stick of ValueRAM over at newegg for 80 bucks: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...log=147&depa=1
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    Yep just usin' one memory channel limits ya CPU to basically only half its available bandwidth, not to mention the bandwidth that other DMA hardware require (ya video card is one of those), so in other words ya stranglin' it. :hammer:

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    i see. well i want 1 gig of ram anyway so i think getting another 512 stick is the WTG. just out of curiosity, does upping the voltage of DDR increase the overclocking capabilities of the ram while increasing heat? (like cpu voltage)
    -Ice

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    You could do that, but it wouldn't be as good as getting 2x256 because the 1 gig really won't be put to good use. The only difference you'll see is slightly faster loading time, and maybe a 50-100 point increase in 3DMark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SearanoX
    You could do that, but it wouldn't be as good as getting 2x256 because the 1 gig really won't be put to good use.
    That depends on what he uses his system for don't ya think..
    Personally I don't think his only task is benchmarking.. :rolleyes2

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