Why is your Graphics Card Score low in the Lumion Benchmark test?

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Poster: Morten
Article ID: 701
Posted: Thu 04 Feb 2016
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Why is your Graphics Card Score low in the Lumion Benchmark test?

The first step is to double-check that your graphics card meets or exceeds the minimum requirement in this Knowledge Base article.

If you're using a laptop PC, it's possible that it has two graphics cards: A fast one and a slow one. Please read this Knowledge Base article to make sure that Lumion uses the fast graphics card. Laptop PCs should also be plugged in instead of using the battery in order to ensure that the best benchmark results are achieved.

With that out of the way, please note that the Graphics Card score in the Lumion benchmark test is based on a very simple test: The Graphics Card score only gives a rough indication of the expected real-time performance (not how fast it will render movies).

If there's a lot of CPU activity in the background during the Benchmark test, it will affect the Graphics Card score (and the CPU Score) significantly. An example is if you try to run the Benchmark test when Windows hasn't finished booting yet. Also, anti-virus software might be scanning your harddrive in the background.

To be sure that the CPU activity isn't affecting your score, please check the level of activity in the Task Manager: Click on the Windows task bar -> Start Task Manager -> Processes tab -> Click on the CPU column so the heaviest processes are at the top. If there's any processes that are using more than say, 4-5%, please wait for them to finish before starting the Benchmark test.

We also recommend that you test your PC with much more accurate benchmark utilities to see if it is underperforming or not.

A couple of examples are 3DMark Basic Edition and PassMark Performance Test. Once you've got those results, you can compare them to PCs with similar configurations.

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