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posted on Feb, 24 2008 @ 10:48 PM
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i have 2 main desktop pc's that are almost identical. the only differences are cpu and video cards.

one has an opteron 148 (2.2ghz/1mb L2) and the other is an athlon64 4000+ (2.4 (oc'd to 2.6)/1mb L2). the opteron box has a geforce 8600gts 512 ddr3 and the 4000+ has an ati x1950xtx 512 ddr4.

i just saw benchmarks that say the 1950 should kill the 8600, but even after oveclocking the 1950, i can't get it to even match the 8600. it's very close now, but i can't possibly see how it's supposed to beat it so easily as the benchmarks show - even with the faster cpu. i grabbed the ati tray tools and spent a couple of hours finding the limits for the gpu and memory clocks, even bumped up the voltage on both to make sure i was really hitting the limit.

i was wondering if anyone had any insight as to why my 1950 seemingly isn't performing up to par. i'm getting new mobo/cpu's this week but only one new video card so i want to keep the better of the 2. if there's a way to make the 1950 shine then i'll gladly keep it, but right now it looks like the 8600 is going to stick around.

[edit on 24-2-2008 by an0maly33]




posted on Feb, 25 2008 @ 06:52 PM
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It may be because of the benchmarks used.

Did you test the cards with the same benchmarks?


PS: I am a little out of sync with the video card market because I don't have enough money to buy a new computer, but I think that the generic approach still applies.



posted on Feb, 25 2008 @ 08:22 PM
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the point of a benchmark is to test different hardware in the same conditions...yes i used the same benchmark software. =)

i did read somewhere that my cpu may not be powerful enough to let the 1950 run at full capacity. i guess i'll just wait till my new parts come and try both video cards on there.



posted on Feb, 29 2008 @ 05:52 PM
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What benchmark are you using? Run 3DMark 05 on the AMD box, get your number. Then pop the gforce in the AMD box and get your number.

Post the numbers



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