Originally Posted by Vegetable
I recently upgraded from a 8800GTX to a 4870 X2. I expected a bigger jump in my 3DMark06 score than I received. I went from 11861 with the 8800GTX to just 13275 with the 4870X2. One notable difference is that my Nvidia card allowed me to keep the benchmark at 1:1 scaling ratio, so it played at its native 4:3 resolution, whereas my ATI card won't let me do that (I know it's supposed to, but it won't), so the test stretches to fill my screen. I'm assuming those extra pixels on the left and right sides of my screen are bringing my score down. But is something else going on as well? I think most people with my specs (and nothing overclocked) are getting scores of 15,000 - 17,000. Any advice appreciated. Specs below.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
ASUS P5W64 WS Professional
2 GB (2 x 1024MB) Corsair Dominator XMS2 1066 MHz PC2-8500 CAS5 5-5-5-15 EPP
Asus Radeon 4870 X2
Aegia PhysX physics accelerator
Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS
SilverStone 1000W OP1000 (single rail)
I have no problem to run the 3DMark06 bench with 1280x1024 res (4:3) with my ATI Hd 4870.
You will get higher scores with with higher clocked CPU as others already pointed out. Here is my lousy score as good example.