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10-23-02, 09:25 AM
Running 3dmark2001 test at 1024x768x32. I get the following score: 7631 with 40.72 drivers.
Same test, same settings as above but using 40.71 score is 7981.
During the each drivers test I notice a slight (let me call it a) "jump" at least 2 times during the testing, both the 40.71 and 40.72 show this jump. It also shows up in games (CFS2).
The jump looks like a couple of frames are dropped, then a catchup occurs.

Anyone else seeing this jump?
Anyone know what may be causing it?

My System: WinME
Gateway 1.4ghtz, P4
1 gig system mem
19" monitor (vx920) 1224x1028x32,refresh rate = optimal
Xtasy GF4, 128 meg mem
Nvidia drivers 40.72 (AA turned off)
Creative SB Live, Gamer (boom box & 2 speakers)
CD-R (not running during test)
CD-RW (not running during test)
ZIP Drive (not running during test)
BIOS AGP Apreture = 256 (highest allowed)

My video card settings: Initial install values except for:
AA = off
Vsync = always off
No overclocking
Fog = Enabled
Texture anisotropic = 0
MIPMAP = Best image
PCI Texture mem = 127
Textel alignment = 3
Render ahead frames = 3
Refresh rate = Application control
Performance Compatability = None
Default color = use desktop settings
Buffer flip mode = auto detect
Anisotropic filter = disabled
PCI Texture = 5


10-23-02, 02:22 PM
Do a test again that causes the "skip" and watch your hard-drive light when the skip happens. Does it blink on real fast just as the skip happens?

10-23-02, 03:12 PM
I dont have a HD light, just a power light.
I put my hands and an ear to the cpu case and ran the test. Couldn't determine any sync problem between HD and jump.

It does it in the nature, dot3 bump, the 1 vs 8 light, and the pixel shader test. There may be others but these i spotted easy.

thanks for the feedback,

10-24-02, 06:54 AM
I removed 512 meg mem (leaving 512 meg) and the 3dmark score jumped from 7631 to 7703.
Not much, but every little bit counts.
The jump is still there tho.

10-24-02, 02:55 PM
Get yourself a copy of cacheman 4.1 (http://www.3dnews.ru/download/tools/cacheman/), (the site's in russian, but the program is in english. :) There some newer versions out now, but the 4.1 was the pinnacle for 9x/me IMHO. ) and install it and set it to the "Power User" setting for your OS.

The PowerUser pre-set will maximize your memory caches for performance, and it should set your pc to "Minimal VM usage" as well as "unload un-needed dlls". You can figure out what all that means later, but the end result is zippier/more stable performance. (Again, IMHO...but I'm pretty good with the 9x/me crap. ;) )

10-24-02, 05:14 PM
went and got/installed cacheman 4.1 and selected power user from the presets.
Ran the test.
Dropped over 200 points. 79xx down to 76xx.

really confused now.


10-24-02, 05:17 PM
PS: I re-installed the 40.71 drivers, they seem to give a little higher score but the jump is still the only doesn't seem to be as bad (as compared to the 40.72).


10-29-02, 03:40 AM
Whats your refresh rate? 72 or 75 with AA and anist both OFF fixed the jump for me.

10-29-02, 05:37 AM
i'll try that thanks!