Originally Posted by MindoverMaster
The CPU does not change the GPU's rating. They are separate of each other. All your CPU does is reads what the GPU is performing at.
hmm? I'm confused because 3dmark 06 gives me 4 scores total. One score is the total overall score, which I assumed to be your combined CPU and GPU performance, the next score is the SMS 2.0 and 3.0 which I assumed to be your GPU score, lastly the 4th score is the CPU score. So I was under the impression that the scores for all the graphic cards were the total score since they were so high.
update: last night I discovered my CPU score was 1,000 points lower then it was 2-3 years ago but my SMS scores were similar, so it has to be the CPU thats causing the decreased performance right? Could anything have caused this?