Ora vejam lá isto! http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?threadid=2806 Depois mais no fim... "Dear 3DMarks2001 users, First of all, I would thanks all of you for your patience, as I had a lot of works those damn last days and therefore was unable to answer to you all. Now said, let’s go straight to the point… Many of you (and so was I) were amazed by the awesome performances under 3DMarks 2001 of my Box (this one is called Mordred), last score being 18763. So let sum up. First and most important, those scores were achieved WITHOUT ANY OVERCLOCKING OR CHEATS OF ANY KIND !!!! Here’s Mordred’s config : · Athlon XP 2000+ (1670Mhz) [Standard 2.13 Asus’ Drivers] · Asus A7N266c (I do use the onboard Audio, as well as MIDI) · 512 Mo DDR2100 NoName(Settings 2.5 Turbo) · Leadtek A250TD (old models, not ViVo) GeForce4 Ti4400 [nVidia 40.41 Drivers] · Promise Ultra100 TX2 (Additionnal PCI IDE100/ATAPI card) [22.214.171.124 Drivers] · LG DVD-Rom GDR8160B · Samsung CDRW SW216B (connected on Ultra100 TX2 for better performances) · NoName Floppy · IBM 120GXP 80Mo HDD · NoName LAN Card, chipset Realtek RTL 8139 [5.396.530.2001 Drivers] · Iiyama Vision Master Pro 452 monitor · Agfa Snapscan 1212u · Creative FPS 5300 Cabinets · Microsoft Joystick and mouse, NoName Keyboard. It uses Windows XP Pro as OS, frequently updated (no SP1 yet). I made no magic-kind settings to achieve those scores, but I remarked something nonetheless : When using this workstation separately from my Domain (with Active Directory auth.), my machine seems to behave slowly, achieving a 10500 (about) 3DMarks. When connected and authentified by the Domain Controller (A small Duron 1000 512Mo SDRAM Windows 2000 Server/Active Directory), every applications seems to get faster (about +40%/+50% FPS with some games like Mechwarrior 4 or Aquanox), even apps like Word opens fastly… and my 3DMarks2001 scores get higher !!!!! So it appear (for some mysterious reason) that this machine gets faster (it’s also true with my other workstations, Molloch and Mandrake, that uses KT133 Chipset, but in a lesser way) when connected to a W2k PDC with AD !!!!! I made the test many different times, It’s always the same… and as far as I know (I’m IT manager), W2K Server does not use Grid computing… J So, if you want to improve your overall perfs, I would suggest you to use one of your old machine as W2K PDC and connect your Workstation to it through Active Directory…. Anyway, tell me what kind of results you’ve got with this method. Is it a leak in XP's TCP/IP ? A leak in Asus or nVidia's Driver ? In Dx8.1 ??? In 3DMarks ??? Honestly, I have no real Idea, and really no time to make a true expertise... If you’ve got a better idea, you’ve got my mail… Happy benchmarking. Manganakus. PS: I have made extended test those last days in order to complete this notes, and it appears that the more my machine gets hot, the higher the score gets (about 5-10% for 10hours on)… Really strange… PPS : note for the damn ass holes that threat me as a faker (happily, it’s a minority) or send me some insulting letters, I would say get adults or shut up. As many other users, I just use 3DMarks2001 in order to check if my system works in a correct way, if it doesn’t heat up critically too fast, that’s all. I’m not a part of those guys that put their machines to their physically critical limits in order to grab a place in the games’ pantheon (even if I like what they do, after all, the way they do the job is quite impressive). As long as I can work correctly and play a game like UT, MW4 or Aquanox in good conditions, that’s the main stuff." Alta macacada que aqui vai... só de se ligar com a placa de rede à outro PC ganhava tantos marks como ganhava o OPP quando levava o hardware ao extremo... só visto. Mas este user diz também que os jogos que ele joga também sofrem da mesma situação: liga-se em rede e taxa de frames sobe consideravelmente. Para mim ou será treta dele anda a dizer que os jogos também sofrem dessa anormal subida de frames e assim o 3D Mark sofre de outro bug, ou será outra brincadeira dos drivers da nVidia, ou será um misterio... damn! Os scores dele foram removidos... penso eu que sim só que não consegui ver qual foi a justificação dos administradores da Orb para julgarem que aquilo era fake.