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Dunedain
07-09-04, 04:47 PM
Hi guys, my 6800 Ultra Extreme has now arrived. The packaging was kind
of unusual, though. It seems the entire card has come wrapped in a
Falcon Northwest Mach V custom PC. ;)

Mach V specs of interest:

Athlon 64 3500+ (socket 939)
1 GB Corsair TwinX XMS DDR
Asus A8V Deluxe MB
GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme (reference design direct from nVidia)

I ran the standard 3DMark benchmarks, check them out below. The RAM
on the video card is at 1150 MHz because 1200 caused a freeze during
2003 benchmark run. But I'm running the core, which is the one that
really matters, I think, up to 459. No artifacts visible. Don't want to
go past 459, for now at least. No need to go overboard on the OC. :)
The CPU and system RAM are not overclocked.

The only game I've played so far is Max Payne II. All details at max.
It runs with absolute smoothness at all times no matter what is going
on. :) I have the trilinear and AF optimizations turned off in the 6800
control panel. Drivers that came with the system are 61.34.

I don't have a digital camera, so no pictures possible. Sorry. :)

3DMark 2001 SE: 23,495

3DMark 2003 (build 340): 13,079

Arioch
07-09-04, 04:50 PM
You lucky dog.

*edit* I see it came with the system

Vagrant Zero
07-09-04, 04:58 PM
Don't those systems go for expensive and really expensive?

I think I'd rather just do the step-up with eVGA. But still, congrats bro.

ssj4goku887
07-09-04, 04:59 PM
you should be getting a higher scor eon that 3dmark2001 heh i have hte a64 3200+ and a 6800 GT and when i have EVERYTHING at stock i get a bit over 22k. heres the score. http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k1=7957975

Dunedain
07-09-04, 05:19 PM
Yeah, Falcons aren't cheap. But each system is hand-built to your exact specs. 3 year warranty,
overnight replacement of parts or shipping of PC back to and from Falcon, if need be, for the
first year. All included as standard. It costs, but the quality is top-notch and the
service is the best available. I needed a new system, so I went with my long-time
favorite PC maker this time. :)

As far as the 3DMark score, maybe the different driver versions explain it? Falcon picks
the best drivers available that will run with absolute stability through their 3 day
burn-in/game testing trials. If the drivers don't run perfectly on any of the benchmarks
or games, then other drivers are tested until everything runs flawlessly. This might
not always give you the highest possible benchmark scores, but it ensures a very fast
and fully stable gaming system. :)

kahloq
07-09-04, 05:45 PM
I got my 6800 Ultra lol NON extreme up to 452/1260. The memory actually gives a better boost in score then the core does. I got a 1000 point increase from stock settings(425/1100) to the 452/1260. I will note tho, that I backed it off somewhat....brought the core down to 441 just for longevity sake and I still have a 12867 score. Almost the same as yours and Im running a 3.2 p4 and a non Extreme Ultra. Still using 61.21 drivers. I will probably mess with a few other versions at some point

saturnotaku
07-09-04, 05:54 PM
3DMark 2001 SE: 23,495

3DMark 2003 (build 340): 13,079

Those scores do seem on the low side. A S939 A64 machine should easily get 27,000-28,000 in 01. Might be a configuration issue here.

OWA
07-09-04, 05:59 PM
I think others have been getting low scores with the 6800 series on 3DMark 2001 SE also.

Congrats on the new system and card. Now get a digital camera to go with it and share the goodness. :)

Arioch
07-09-04, 06:01 PM
I think others have been getting low scores with the 6800 series on 3DMark 2001 SE also.

Congrats on the new system and card. Now get a digital camera to go with it and share the goodness. :)

Yeah I have noticed this also.

Banko
07-09-04, 06:05 PM
With my GT I only get 19,000 in 01. I think it has to be a bug with something.

Dunedain
07-09-04, 06:17 PM
kahloq: That's a nice OC you got on the video card. :) The problem is that one
never knows for sure how well a card will OC. You might get one that OC's well, then again,
you might not. I got the 6800 Ultra Extreme because I wanted a card that was guaranteed
to perform at the Ultra Extreme level. And also, I've not yet found the upper limits of what
this Ultra Extreme can do. ;)

If others are also getting 3DMark 2001 scores that are lower than expected, then it
must be some sort of driver issue or something, because it's certainly not the hardware
that's holding the scores back.

As long as it runs games blazing fast, that's what really counts. :) But hopefully the
new drivers from nVidia (whenever they come out) will solve the issue with 3DMark 2001
scores being off.

kahloq
07-09-04, 06:19 PM
kahloq: That's a nice OC you got on the video card. :) The problem is that one
never knows for sure how well a card will OC. You might get one that OC's well, then again,
you might not. I got the 6800 Ultra Extreme because I wanted a card that was guaranteed
to perform at the Ultra Extreme level. And also, I've not yet found the upper limits of what this Ultra Extreme can do. ;)

If others are also getting 3DMark 2001 scores that are lower than expected, then it
must be some sort of driver issue or something, because it's certainly not the hardware
that's holding the scores back.

As long as it runs games blazing fast, that's what really counts. :) But hopefully the
new drivers from nVidia (whenever they come out) will solve the issue with 3DMark 2001
scores being off.

I know and understand why you wanted a guarenteed 450 core :) I listed mine just as reference for everyone.

qballshalls2002
07-09-04, 06:22 PM
Hi guys, my 6800 Ultra Extreme has now arrived. The packaging was kind
of unusual, though. It seems the entire card has come wrapped in a
Falcon Northwest Mach V custom PC. ;)

Mach V specs of interest:

Athlon 64 3500+ (socket 939)
1 GB Corsair TwinX XMS DDR
Asus A8V Deluxe MB
GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme (reference design direct from nVidia)

I ran the standard 3DMark benchmarks, check them out below. The RAM
on the video card is at 1150 MHz because 1200 caused a freeze during
2003 benchmark run. But I'm running the core, which is the one that
really matters, I think, up to 459. No artifacts visible. Don't want to
go past 459, for now at least. No need to go overboard on the OC. :)
The CPU and system RAM are not overclocked.

The only game I've played so far is Max Payne II. All details at max.
It runs with absolute smoothness at all times no matter what is going
on. :) I have the trilinear and AF optimizations turned off in the 6800
control panel. Drivers that came with the system are 61.34.

I don't have a digital camera, so no pictures possible. Sorry. :)

3DMark 2001 SE: 23,495

3DMark 2003 (build 340): 13,079

Not to be nosey but how much did you pay for your Falcon system?

Dunedain
07-09-04, 06:25 PM
The word I got was that only about half of the 6800 Ultra's were capable of hitting
Ultra Extreme levels. There was no way I was going to risk getting some card that OC'ed
to 410 only. haha :)

Dunedain
07-09-04, 06:26 PM
Mach V $ score: Over 3K


;)

Pandora's Box
07-09-04, 07:02 PM
haha. did that include a monitor? what kind of hard drives did you get? what about cdrom drives?

kahloq
07-09-04, 07:47 PM
The word I got was that only about half of the 6800 Ultra's were capable of hitting
Ultra Extreme levels. There was no way I was going to risk getting some card that OC'ed
to 410 only. haha :)


LOL from hearing that, I see why you wanted a guarantee of 450. However, real world seems to be the norm of most card makers shipping at 425. Anyways, enjoy your card :)

Dunedain
07-09-04, 08:06 PM
Like I said, Falcon's aren't cheap. But they also aren't built, tested or backed with the
kind of customer service that one gets from other companies. The quality is worth it to me. :)

kahloq: Yeah, odds are I would get a decent overclock, but I wasn't in the mood for gambles.
I wanted super high performance without question. DOOM III won't be showing any mercy
to video cards when it comes out. ;)

ssj4goku887
07-09-04, 08:30 PM
you should be getting higher 2001 :\ im only 1000 points off u in 3dmark2001 and im running stock a64 3200+ and stock GT heh

Dunedain
07-09-04, 08:37 PM
ssj4goku887: Yeah, apparently there is some sort of bug in the drivers that affects 3DMark 2001
or something. It seems quite a few 6800 owners are getting lower scores than one would expect
in 2001. nVidia will no doubt fix the driver problem. But my 2003 score seems to be doing fine. :)

ssj4goku887
07-09-04, 08:40 PM
ya stock i get 11,xxx

jAkUp
07-09-04, 10:05 PM
Yea, I think 3dmark01 is becoming purley a cpu benchmark now

kahloq
07-09-04, 11:06 PM
Like I said, Falcon's aren't cheap. But they also aren't built, tested or backed with the
kind of customer service that one gets from other companies. The quality is worth it to me. :)

kahloq: Yeah, odds are I would get a decent overclock, but I wasn't in the mood for gambles.
I wanted super high performance without question. DOOM III won't be showing any mercy
to video cards when it comes out. ;)

I definetly agree with your reasoning on the Falcxon system purchase. Its pretty much the same reason I bought an Alienware. Tho at the time(Dec 03), the nv40's werent out obviously so I chose a cheaper card then the top line model just to get me through

Dunedain
07-12-04, 11:08 PM
Update on the overclocking of my 6800 Ultra Extreme.

Core Speed: 470 MHz
RAM: 1,210 MHZ

3DMark 2003: 13,365

No artifacts visible. Benchmark ran fine. I'm quite happy with that OC.
That's good enough for me. :)

noko
07-12-04, 11:20 PM
Sounds Awesome to me, have fun with your new toy :).