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    Default Graphical problem (9600xt)

    I searched around the forums and found a thread on the 9600xt; but the guys problem was underclocked card. I got a reading from rivatuner and mine is running at normal speeds.

    Heres the problem;

    My system is a 2.6Ghz P4 w/ HT proc. running on a asus p4p800 vm mobo
    - 768 mb of ram
    - samsung 120GB 7200 rpm HD
    - 400W PSU
    - and finally the 9600xt from diamond stealth

    But my 3dmark03 score is 1827 with no background ops except fraps and a few others that take almost noresources. I run it on the default settings.

    Furthermore, my friend has a 9600 pro from sapphire, 256 ram, AMD 2100+ OCed by a bit, twin 80GB HDs @ 7200 rpm (frogot the make). In NFSU2 (we use to benchmark.. somewhat) with 1024x768 res, all settings maxed except road reflection (half), he can get a constant fps over 30. But with my supposevely better comp, I can hardly crack 20 on this setting and am usually 15-20.

    I have 25+ GB free space.

    What could possibly be the problem? I've been at it for awhile, but with my limited computer knowledge I can't find the source of this problem.

    I don't plan on keeping this card long as I plan on getting the 6600gt AGP as soon as I can get it offline. But this problem occured with my old fx5200 which also ran severly lower then at what it was suppose to. =/ So I assume that the problem is with my computer.

    My agp slot is 8x by the way.

    Anyone know what could be wrong with my puter?

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    The thing that grabs me straight off is that you're using 768MB of memory in a dual channel mainboard which can't be doing you any good (you need matched pairs). Also what speed rating is the memory?

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    I have 2x 256 and 2x 128. The 256S are samsung, and I think it is fast memory, came with my computer (didn't build this system). I think it is above DDR333 but I am not completely sure. The 128 is crap from Kbyte, ddr133 I think (it was free); could this be doing more harm then good?

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    Yes, take the 128MB sticks out. They are reducing the speed of the rest of your RAM significantly on a platform that is bandwidth-starved to start with.

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    Gee its been a very long time since I've seen 128MB DDR modules but yes unless you have PC3200 in there then the CPU is being strangled for bandwidth which will impact on performance (2 x 512MB PC3200 should be ideal).

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    I took them out and ran 3d mark again. But my score increase by a measely 9 points. Ive double checked the memory and its DDR266 for the 128s.

    So it looks like they didnt effect the performance or hinder it. =/

    NFSU2 is also running at the same frame rates.

    I'll check the ram that came with my compy and post it here to see if the original could be involved somehow.

    edit: My original ram is ddr333, 2x 256.

    Argh, what could be the problem.. I dont understand why its running so poorly. :(
    Last edited by fr86; 11-23-2004 at 01:41 PM.

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    Improper Video or system drivers could be to blame, you might want to double check your drivers.
    My Current Rigs:
    Antec P180, OCZ Powerstream 520W, DFI nF4 SLI-DR Expert, AMD X2 4400 w/XP120(2.6GHz@1.45v), 2x1GB OCZ Platnium PC3200, BFG 7900GT@592/800(1.6), WD 250GB SATA, Maxtor 120GB IDE, LG DVD/CD Combo(black), Sony DRU-810 DL DVD Burner(black)
    3DMark01:25379, 3DMark03:19746
    3DMark05:9294, 3DMark06:5340

    Raidmax Cobra, Fortron PN-400W, ASUS A8N-E(nF4 Ultra), X2 3800 w/AMD heatpipe cooler, 2x 512MB Crucial Balistix, ATI X300, WD 250GB IDE, Samsung 16x DVD/RW

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    Yes yes.. all the latest drivers from ati. These ones

    My 256 sticks are ddr333.

    Any other ideas?

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    What about your motherboard bios, do you have the latest drivers for it? Also try setting your bios to failsafe defaults or optomized defaults and see if it makes any diffrence then try max proformance or somthing similar in your bios, the diffrent manufacturers use diffrent terms.
    My Current Rigs:
    Antec P180, OCZ Powerstream 520W, DFI nF4 SLI-DR Expert, AMD X2 4400 w/XP120(2.6GHz@1.45v), 2x1GB OCZ Platnium PC3200, BFG 7900GT@592/800(1.6), WD 250GB SATA, Maxtor 120GB IDE, LG DVD/CD Combo(black), Sony DRU-810 DL DVD Burner(black)
    3DMark01:25379, 3DMark03:19746
    3DMark05:9294, 3DMark06:5340

    Raidmax Cobra, Fortron PN-400W, ASUS A8N-E(nF4 Ultra), X2 3800 w/AMD heatpipe cooler, 2x 512MB Crucial Balistix, ATI X300, WD 250GB IDE, Samsung 16x DVD/RW

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    Default Re: Graphical problem (9600xt)

    Quote Originally Posted by fr86
    edit: My original ram is ddr333, 2x 256.

    Argh, what could be the problem.. I dont understand why its running so poorly. :(
    Well your CPU runs a quad pumped 200MHz FSB (800MHz effective) while your memory only runs at 2x 166MHz (2x 333DDR effective = 667MHz) so I'm sure that you should see where the problem is at.

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