Benchmark Mayhem This section is for you benchmark freaks. Wanna show off your 3D Mark Vantage scores with your brand new GTX 295 SLI or Radeon HD 4870 X2 Crossfire in that Intel Core 2 rig? Then this is your section!
I have (look to the right) and my Aquamark score is around 45000 and my 3dmark2003 score is around 6500. But then I also have a faster Graphics card, CPU and more RAM.
But even if your score is alright you could always check this:
-Is the autostart programs you don't need turned of in msconfig?
-Is the services not supplied by microsoft that you do not need turned off in msconfig.
-Is the services supplied by microsoft that you do not need turned off? (there are good guides for this on the internet, be carefull though).
-What AGP aparture size might be good for you? (really would NOT recommend over 256 MB). You change this in your BIOS and there are "good guides" on the internet for this".
-Is your virtual ram size ok? (I always lock my minimum and maximum at 1024 mb, but thats just me).
-Should you defragment your harddrive?
-Do you have a lot of adware and spyware (ad-aware and spybot can help you get rid of them)?
-Is your computer, espacially fans, dusty (this is more important if you have had your computer for a while)?
-Is your BIOS settings "good"? (There are good guides on the internet for this, just remember to BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!).
-Do you have the "best" drivers (the newest drivers isn't ALWAYS the "best"... ). This is different from computer to computer so I can't really tell you which drivers that are perfect for you.
-Do you have some space left on you Harddrive ( I always try to have atleast 20 % free, but that's just me).
-Do you have very much of this (might consider turn it of then): a high size (like 10 or more MB) bakground, very big (in size) sounds in windows....
-And last but defenitely not least. Is everything set up ok in the computer (wires, screws...)...? Just remember to be carefull...
There are lots of other small things that you also can check/change but I think that the ones mentioned above are the most important. Also remember to turn of your antivirus and any other very demanding program before you benchmark...