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3DMark2001SE Tweak Guide - Part 2

3DMark2001SE Tweak Guide - Part 2 - PCSTATS
Abstract: I'm often asked by my friends and family why I spend so much time and money to baby my computer, after all it's an inanimate object that could never love me back...
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External Mfg. Website: MadOnion Oct 24 2002   C. Sun  
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3DMark Tweak Tips 1 and 2

Tweaking 102 for 3DMark 2001SE
Professor: Colin Sun
Institution: PCstats.com

I often get e-mails from readers asking me how to increase their 3DMark score or tweak their computer to be faster. Today I'm going to be spilling my guts on how I got 18608 3DMarks with a relatively slow system. First here are the complete system spec's.

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:


Pentium 4 2.66 GHz

Clock Speed:

20 x 133 = 2.66 GHz

20 x 158 = 3.17 GHz

Motherboards: Abit BG7*
Chipset: Intel i845G

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro


256MB GeIL PC3500

Hard Drive: 40GB Maxtor D740X

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Enermax 550W
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 4.00
Beta ATi 6193
Rage3D Tweak


* - BG7 defaults memory timings to 266 MHz mode while running 133 MHz FSB.

After a fresh install of WindowsXP Professional with a completely stock non tweaked system, I only score a measly...

Not bad for a completely stock system, but it's pretty far from 18k.

Now I'm going to reboot the computer so I can go into the BIOS. There, I change the memory timings from 2.5-7-3-3 (CAS Latency - Act To Precharge Delay - RAS To CAS Delay - RAS Precharge) which are SPD settings to 2-6*-2-2 and I enabled Enhance DRAM Performance. *setting the Act To Precharge Delay to 5 can cause severe stability problems if your memory is not high quality.

There's a picture so you can see what BIOS memory timings look like. They're may be arranged in different orders depending on what motherboard you're using. In general, you want all the settings (numbers) to be at the lowest value.

As we can see, by forcing the memory to run with aggressive timings nets us a gain of just under 500 points!

The next thing I do is enable a 3/4 memory divider which the Abit BG7 (i845G) unofficially supports.

Let's check out what performance boost we'll get now.

To be honest the performance gain is not as big as I would expect. We only gained about 150 points by running the memory faster.

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Contents of Article: MadOnion
 Pg 1.  3DMark2001SE Tweak Guide - Part 2
 Pg 2.  — 3DMark Tweak Tips 1 and 2
 Pg 3.  3DMark Tweak Tips 3 and 4
 Pg 4.  3DMark Tweak Tips 5, 6 and Conclusion

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