Thursday, September 1st 2011

PowerColor and TechPowerup Present Pimp My Rig Contest

It's that time again, when bagging some rad graphics hardware is as easy as showing off your PC tuning skills and filling up a form in GPU-Z 0.5.5. PowerColor is back on board with us, and this time what we're giving away will come with the bragging rights of being perhaps the only people in the world to have it! Presenting, PowerColor and TechPowerUp Pimp my Rig Contest 2011!

You stand to win a rare, one of its kind PowerColor dual Radeon HD 6970 X2 prototype, which is designed by its makers to be one of the fastest, most tweakable graphics cards. There's just one prototype on the planet that's fully finished for the consumer, and you stand to win it! All you have to do is get the lowest possible 3DMark 03 score in default settings (of 3DMark), submit the validation link of your feat along with other details in the "PowerColor Giveaway" tab of GPU-Z 0.5.5. That's right, you don't need the fastest hardware to win this contest, just your skills.

That's not all! You can still leave things to Lady Luck. From the pool of valid entries, we will randomly pick one person, who will bag an awesome new PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 X2 dual-GPU graphics card! So there's simply no reason not to try!

For more information, download GPU-Z 0.5.5, and click on the "PowerColor Giveaway" tab. Good luck!
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191 Comments on PowerColor and TechPowerup Present Pimp My Rig Contest

#1
cheesy999
kereta said:
ok, this is just like what joseaugusto1 said, if the FPS is 0 fps, it won't appear in the online result, however if I don't run the test at all, N/A would appear in the online result.

So how do we determine the results' validity?
too add more confusion to that, vertex shader and ragtroll will show N/A if they run successfully if the FPS is below a certain amount (thinks it's below around 0.5 or something)
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#2
joseaugusto1
cheesy999 said:
too add more confusion to that, vertex shader and ragtroll will show N/A if they run successfully if the FPS is below a certain amount (thinks it's below around 0.5 or something)
So wait what you are saying is that if the results for Rag Troll and Vertex Shader are below 0.5 they will show as N/A ? so that means this score is right , right?

http://3dmark.com/3dm03/6434753
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#3
cheesy999
joseaugusto1 said:
So wait what you are saying is that if the results for Rag Troll and Vertex Shader are below 0.5 they will show as N/A ? so that means this score is right , right?

http://3dmark.com/3dm03/6434753
not exactly 0.5, all i know is that if i slowly reduce my clockspeed on my graphics it will eventually switch to N/A when the 3d score gets under 20, even though the test ran successfully, in my opinion that's a valid run
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#5
joseaugusto1
cheesy999 said:
not exactly 0.5, all i know is that if i slowly reduce my clockspeed on my graphics it will eventually switch to N/A when the 3d score gets under 20, even though the test ran successfully, in my opinion that's a valid run
Yeah I actually watched my PC going through all those tests ( it was painfully slow LOL) but still shows them as N/A ... Someone really needs to tell us what is actually considered as "Valid Run"
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#6
cheesy999
joseaugusto1 said:
Yeah I actually watched my PC going through all those tests ( it was painfully slow LOL) but still shows them as N/A ... Someone really needs to tell us what is actually considered as "Valid Run"
you need to run all 4 graphics tests for a valid 3d score, the cpu score doesn't affect it, therefore i think a valid run must be anything that has a valid 3d score, running all benchmarks.

remember, most of us are running the free version, and therefore we can't change any settings anyway

so, from logic, it has to be a valid 3d score (if one of the tests doesn't complete the futuremark page marks it as invalid anyway)

and it has to be done on a DX9 card for the program to run a full test (DX8 and 7 cards will run a reduced version of the benchmark)
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#7
joseaugusto1
cheesy999 said:
you need to run all 4 graphics tests for a valid 3d score, the cpu score doesn't affect it, therefore i think a valid run must be anything that has a valid 3d score, running all benchmarks.

remember, most of us are running the free version, and therefore we can't change any settings anyway

so, from logic, it has to be a valid 3d score (if one of the tests doesn't complete the futuremark page marks it as invalid anyway)

and it has to be done on a DX9 card for the program to run a full test (DX8 and 7 cards will run a reduced version of the benchmark)
Nice to know that... I guess ill just try yo beat my 16 3DMark record thanks for the info
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#8
uuuaaaaaa
Im reaching my limits i got 30 marks on my fx5500 50 on core and 40 on memory.

Now I have flashed it, so it is running at 35/40.

I have some conclusions:

having the cpu at full speed helped me getting a lower score
The memory clocks is what is limiting the results the most
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#9
kereta
cmberry20 said:
http://3dmark.com/3dm03/5771751?show...esultType=10
well, just to remind you all that this is one hell of a score.
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#10
option350z
With valid 0's and not N/A on the Gpu tests.
As well as getting it to show up on the leader boards officially you need approved drivers as well.
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#11
option350z
I'm just gonna throw this out there but it does say you have to submit a validation link with your entry. To me that means it must be leader board valid. So I'm figuring future mark has to approve of the score before you submit it.

Scratch that, I just found the link for 3dmark scores and leader boards. Problem is how will you know a score is valid unless its post on the future mark leader boards.
http://www.3dmark.com/support/troubleshooting-my-results/
We can complete all the gpu tests with 0 and get away with N/A's on the cpu stuff. And it still will give a 3d mark score...so is that technically valid? I will post this in the other post for this contest as well.
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#12
cheesy999
option350z said:
I'm just gonna throw this out there but it does say you have to submit a validation link with your entry. To me that means it must be leader board valid. So I'm figuring future mark has to approve of the score before you submit it.
that's the conclusion i came to
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#13
erocker
cheesy999 said:
the cpu score doesn't affect it
From the results I've been getting I don't think that's the case? :confused:
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#14
cheesy999
erocker said:
From the results I've been getting I don't think that's the case? :confused:
what's scores you been getting?

i've varied my CPU speed between 200mhz and 1ghz and its made no difference whatsoever
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#15
option350z
Actually I just looked up from years past the last power color give away for an hd3850. The score technically doesn't have to be valid on the leader boards. However you do have to complete the whole test and get an actual 3d mark score to qualify. Since it's not sponsored by future mark, any driver changes are valid and doesn't need to be FM approved.
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#16
HTC
First, i ran 3D03 @ my regular CPU / GPU speed (E8400 @ 9*225 / Sapphire 6850 @ 620/800) and got this:



Then, i ran Furmark and OCCT Linpack test @ the same time and got this:



Looking good, i thought ... then, i ran Furmark, Kombustor and OCCT GPU test for good measure and got this:



Better, but still isn't nowhere near enough :( Let's see if i can add something: the previous run with prime95 and Intel Burn Test added to it and got this:



Argh :( What i's giving me such a high score? these are the details of the previous run:



17.5 FPS @ best and i still get over 2K points? Where can i reduce? Do i really need to mess up my underclocks (CPU and GPU) for this?
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#17
cheesy999
HTC said:
First, i ran 3D03 @ my regular CPU / GPU speed (E8400 @ 9*225 / Sapphire 6850 @ 620/800) and got this:

http://img.techpowerup.org/110903/2011-09-03_012257.jpg

Then, i ran Furmark and OCCT Linpack test @ the same time and got this:

http://img.techpowerup.org/110903/2011-09-03_015233.jpg

Looking good, i thought ... then, i ran Furmark, Kombustor and OCCT GPU test for good measure and got this:

http://img.techpowerup.org/110903/2011-09-03_032213.jpg

Better, but still isn't nowhere near enough :( Let's see if i can add something: the previous run with prime95 and Intel Burn Test added to it and got this:

http://img.techpowerup.org/110903/2011-09-03_040112.jpg

Argh :( What i's giving me such a high score? these are the details of the previous run:

http://img.techpowerup.org/110903/2011-09-03_040147.jpg

17.5 FPS @ best and i still get over 2K points? Where can i reduce? Do i really need to mess up my underclocks (CPU and GPU) for this?
you get such a high score because of your parts, you will not be able to get a low score with a 6850, it just has too many shaders, your competing against fx5200 and similar, you can't win no matter how low the clockspeed goes
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#18
HTC
cheesy999 said:
you get such a high score because of your parts, you will not be able to get a low score with a 6850, it just has too many shaders, your competing against fx5200 and similar, you can't win no matter how low the clockspeed goes
Maybe. Just because i don't know where to reduce doesn't mean it's not possible to win with my hardware, though it's much harder, granted.

I'll try something else i thought of which may or may not help: dunno, yet.
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#19
cheesy999
HTC said:
Maybe. Just because i don't know where to reduce doesn't mean it's not possible to win with my hardware, though it's much harder, granted.

I'll try something else i thought of which may or may not help: dunno, yet.
your going to have to reduce your clockspeeds
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#20
cmberry20
Now under 15!!!

Reckon I can get under 10 on the next run!!! :cool:
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#21
cheesy999
cmberry20 said:
Now under 15!!!

Reckon I can get under 10 on the next run!!! :cool:
i'm getting close to 10 now!
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#22
cmberry20
What system you running?

I'm currently running it on Athlon XP @ 1Ghz, 512Mb DDR1 Ram & a NVidia 5200 card.

Its a sod trying to get it stable at low speed & several times I thought I would have got less then 10 but the driver keeps bombing out with errors.

Plus it takes about 1 hour to run all the way through!!
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#23
cheesy999
cmberry20 said:
What system you running?

I'm currently running it on Athlon XP @ 1Ghz, 512Mb DDR1 Ram & a NVidia 5200 card.

Its a sod trying to get it stable at low speed & several times I thought I would have got less then 10 but the driver keeps bombing out with errors.

Plus it takes about 1 hour to run all the way through!!
my driver keeps bombing out as well

i'm running a phenom ii x2 550, 4GB of 1600mhz ram, and an nvidia 7025
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#24
Derek12
I got 1610 I didn't know my IGP is so "powerful" at stock :laugh:
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#25
cheesy999
Derek12 said:
I got 1610 I didn't know my IGP is so "powerful" at stock :laugh:
it's an old benchmark
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