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Old 2012-08-27, 14:33   #1
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I'm trying to troubleshoot my machine. I recently noticed a severe drop-off in performance and ran the 3D Mark 11 benchmark test. My PC scored a 25, where PCs like mine scored on average 1800. Here are the links, which also display my system's specs http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4229027 and http://www.3dmark.com/healthcheck/3dm11/4229027. Video card seems to be running fine so I wanted to check the CPU. I found Prime95, which ultimately led me here.

My question is, how do I go about figuring out what's causing the poor performance with my machine? I know it's a broad question, and there are probably a million different possibilities, I just need a starting point. Thanks in advance.
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Old 2012-08-27, 15:16   #2
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First thing I'd check is if I'd check the motherboard BIOS to make sure it is setting the CPU multiplier correctly. Then I'd check and see if the CPU heatsink/fan is clean and running properly. The CPU speed reported by 3DMark is 1.3GHz under the base clock for that CPU, which could indicate thermal throttling or bad multiplier setting.
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Old 2012-08-27, 15:36   #3
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The CPU speed reported by 3DMark is 1.3GHz under the base clock for that CPU, which could indicate thermal throttling or bad multiplier setting.
If this is a new phenomenon, you should definitely look into your cooling situation. What are your temperatures?
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Old 2012-08-27, 15:43   #4
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If this is a new phenomenon, you should definitely look into your cooling situation. What are your temperatures?
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Try SpeedFan, if it's really high, it's probably throttling.

Oh and check out CPU-Z.
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