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Lord_MiL

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Long time no see. Guess I've been working way too hard and lost track of the years... :comp:

I recently realized that my rig is nearing the 4 year mark and just not playing the latest games as smoothly as it used to. Not having the money for a full rebuild right now, I decided my best bet was to grab a 5770 since they are so cheap, cool, quiet and fast to replace my X1800XT 512MB.

I ran the full 3DMark06 suite with each test looping 3 times on my old card just before swapping and on my new card after installing the latest drivers and making sure everything was kosher. I ran both after a fresh boot with all my usual background apps shut down.

Unfortunately, the performance of the new card is very disappointing. I realize that my older CPU and RAM is holding me back somewhat, so that's why I ran the full suite and setup a spreadsheet to compare the results, so I could focus on the GPU tests. However, looking at the comparison (and looking at all the 5770 results in ORB) I'm starting to think maybe there is something wrong. In one test, the 5770 actually scored lower than the x1800!

I was running an old version of Catalyst from Feb of this year before putting in the new card and updating, so I'm wondering if maybe something from the old drivers is lingering. I'm going to do a full driver cleanup in safe mode and try reinstalling the latest catalyst, but in case that doesn't work, I'm looking for other ideas of things to try. I've already been through the BIOS and didn't see any PCI-E related stuff that could be the culprit. I also ran CPU-z and GPU-z to make sure that the PCI-E slot was running at full x16 speed and everything there looks correct as well.

Any ideas?


Here are some of the results:

Code:
3DMarkTest Name     Old Card  New Card   Change
3DMark Score        4315      7583       1.76x
SM2.0 Score         1813      3246       1.79x
HDR/SM3.0           1827      4534       2.48x
CPU Score           1334      1349       1.01x
Proxycon            13.961    26.469     1.90x
Firefly Forest      16.258    27.633     1.70x
Canyon Flight       17.846    56.367     3.16x
Deep Freeze         18.692    34.313     1.84x
Fill Rate – Single  4860.736  8072.497   1.66x
Fill Rate – Multi   9843.802  33161.922  3.37x
Pixel Shader        158.758   849.000    5.35x
Vertex – Simple     171.926   393.425    2.29x
Vertex – Complex    56.088    228.611    4.08x
Shader Particles    0.000     171.976    N/A
Perlin Noise(SM3.0) 30.852    446.071    [COLOR=Blue]14.46x[/COLOR]
8 Triangles         5.746     5.562      [COLOR=Red]0.97x[/COLOR]
32 Triangles        19.949    22.298     [COLOR=Red]1.12x[/COLOR]
128 Triangles       79.411    90.070     [COLOR=Red]1.13x[/COLOR]
512 Triangles       163.640   362.074    2.21x
2048 Triangles      221.815   442.230    1.99x
32768 Triangles     220.081   446.888    2.03x
Thanks.
 

EarthDog

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CPU is likely holding a lot of that cards potential back... have you overclocked the CPU for this tesT?
 
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Lord_MiL

Lord_MiL

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CPU is likely holding a lot of that cards potential back... have you overclocked the CPU for this tesT?

I'm sure you are right that my CPU is holding me back quite a bit. I expected it would, I guess I just hoped that I'd still get a significant boost until I can do a whole new build. That's why seeing less than 2x improvement came as a bit of a shock.

As for the CPU, I'm running it at stock right now. I'll up it a bit and see how that changes things. Thanks for the input.
 

EarthDog

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"Give it all she's got Captain!!"

What resolution do you play games at? The higher the better as it will take the load off the CPU and put it on the GPU
 

ratbuddy

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3DMark06 (default settings) is just a CPU tester these days. Try running it again at 1920x1200 or higher and see what happens.
 

Dukemurmur

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it might also be that for that test your card is throttling back to 2d clocks would have 2 a major guess of mine also, even more so if the cpu speed was the same vs the 2 cards

Duke
 

r80x

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Yo you should really clock that little baby! The Opteron 165 can easily do 2.7-3.0 depending on stepping and cooling. Mine can do 2.9 but i'm not really comfortable with the cooling, already running at 55-60 degrees.

Im getting my 5770 tommorrow (yes it's in my signature, i just couldn't refuse shining a little) but i'll post you my results in 3dMark06 tommorrow or in the weekend. My Opteron and ram will probably also be a tiny bottleneck but hopefully it wont be such a problem cause right now i own a 1900xt and i play all the games without real problems(Except RE5, though i think it was a driver issue).
But if i'm not mistaking the 165 runs at 1.8 stock? and that is really slow. I got a HUGE boost overclocking mine.

And last, lets not forget that the 939 boards have pci-e 1.0 or 1.1 and the 5770 supports 2.1, and the difference in bandwidth it quite much.
 
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EarthDog

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Ao long as the board supports 16x pcie 1.0/1 it wont matter. That card is a midrange card and wont suck the bandwidth down...in fact, IIRC ther eis only like a 1-2% loss for the mighty 5870... ;)
 

Bobnova

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Yeah the 5870 looses 1% at 8x 2.0 (or 16x 1.x) PCIe.
Your cpu is the cause of your low scores, that GPU is far, far overpowered for that cpu and 1280x1024.
The only time default 3dmark06 is really relevant is if you have an old monitor and you actually game at 1280x1024 (i do :().
 

Evilsizer

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well we can call the 5770 midrange now but it is more or less a 4870/4890... you do to get the most out of these current cards, need a clock speed around 3.2-3.4ghz.
 

r80x

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Well i got my ATI 5770 earlier today, unpacked it and was first quite surprised at the size, I thought it would be bigger. The second thing that startled me was the fan, I didn't get the usual batmobile fan, I got a "normal " fan. Looks like this.
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Also really suprised at it's noise. It doesn't make any sound at all, just as silent as my former zalman for my 1900xt, even on max load. Also runs cooler than my 1900xt with zalman, that one ran at 44-47 degrees in idle, this one runs at 39 degrees in idle after a cuple of hours gaming.

Now when i was testing some games I saw a tremendous performance increase in some games(especially Resident Evil 5 DX10, runs at an average of 47fps, it was painfully unplayable at DX9 on the 1900xt), a little less in some other games, then again, it's not a monster card, and it performed as i expected, especially considering the price. The only game that i didn't get satisfactory results with was GTA4 but the again, does anybody really :D I guess it's both cpu dependent and badly coded and buggy.
Also i know my cpu and ram is bottlenecking a little, but i'll upgrade next year anyway.

Tried some 3Dmark06 but as you say it mostly stresses the cpu and that was quite noticable.

All tests was done with Windows 7 and only 2GB ram, i'll get 2GB more on monday or tuesday, guess I'll get a little better results then.
Think I'll also try to overclock it a little and see if I'll get any better results or if it' totally bottlenecked. Got some zalman memory heatsinks that i can put on the memory.

It's just one thing I'm quite confused with:
How the heck am I going to get s-video and coaxial(video) output on this? Didn't get any cables for that, is it even possible?
 

lee

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To add my 5 cents, i got my 5770 this week and it's running quite good on my machine.....my rig is about 3 years old now, but with an overclocked quad, it runs just fine.......adding the 5770, i overclocked the clock and the memory just a bit and it runs stable (will push it some more this week) - have downloaded and played "Dirt 2" and it looks amazing compared to what i had been using (Nvidia 8500 GT - i don't game much)....i haven't looked at my Blu ray yet, am waiting for my new copy of Planet Earth to come in but i can't imagine it being anything other than gorgeous........#s from a few benchmarks are way better than anything i've previously owned but remember, the 5770 wasn't supposed to be a 4870 killer - its a replacement with Directx 11, Eyefinity, and a few other toys so don't expect monstrous #s, the 5870/5970 are supposed to do that.......i'm fairly pleased with what i've seen from mine (Sapphire 5770) to the point i've even downloaded some demo's to play and checked out the free version of 3dmark06 - it runs fairly smooth, but without the full version, repeating #s here are of little use since it doesn't include everything........ and it is fairly quiet - what a surprise considering how big the fan is........