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5250 3DMarks

I scored 5230 3DMarks in 3DMark05! Further BIOS tweaking raised that to 5392 3DMarks, but resulted in some instability. 5250, 5392, whatever. All I care about is, compared to the 3612 I was pulling before, there's a much bigger difference between this Pentium 4 3.4 Ghz and my Athlon XP 3000 than I thought.

Maybe my old motherboard really was broken in some fundamental ways. For example, I don't think it was running my RAM in dual channel mode, but this new board plainly indicates I am now. Also, I knew for certain my AGP acceleration was bugged, actually locking up the computer if I had AGP Read enabled. I'm now able to run with Fast Write and AGP Read without any problem. (Although for some reason PCI and AGP Write aren't supported, perhaps the cost of having this AGP/PCI-X dual configuration).

Unfortunately, my issue with Jade Empire remains. Guess I'll have to wait for Bioware/Grey Matter to patch it, assuming they ever do. Either that, or just get in the habit of changing my refresh rate regularly until I finish the game. My monitor is pretty tough, I don't think it'll break if I do.

Now that all the suspense behind my hardware upgrade is out of the way, maybe I can start catching up with my classwork. Having my new computer components arrive was more than I could resist today, I ended up skipping four hours worth of classes to get them up and running. Foolish, but that's the kind of fool I am - a fool for his computer.


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