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Okay, so I decided to run a little comparison. This game is very CPU intensive. Infact, at my current settings I got the same results using a GTX 260 in my Q9650@4GHz system. Also same results in full screen and 1920x1080 at the same settings in my current snapshot spots.

Game resolution for Windowed mode is 1280x720.

Oblivion is installed using Shivering isles expansion and latest patch. Also the Unique districts mod is installed. Without the unique districts mod, the first picture would be about 10FPS higher on both systems.

Same save games are loaded on both systems. And mouse not moved after loaded. Also using same Nvidia drivers. Gigabyte GTX 570@850/2000

Q9650@4GHz, GTX 570@850/2000, 1280x720 Windowed first:



Q9650@4GHz, GTX 570@850/2000, 1280x720 Windowed second:





i5 2500K@4GHz, GTX 570@850/2000, 1280x720 Windowed first:



i5 2500K@4GHz, GTX 570@850/2000, 1280x720 Windowed second:





Q9650@4GHz, GTX 260@702/1404/2430, 1920x1080 full screen



Q9650@4GHz, GTX 260@702/1404/2430, 1920x1080 full screen




Also, Downclocking the Q9650 to stock (3GHz) made not Difference! Same FPS in both shots!
Edited by turrican9 - 5/19/11 at 5:40pm
    
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This game is so CPU intensive, because of a bad game engine that believe it or not, upgrading a Q9650@4GHz from a GTX 260 to a GTX 570 will not help FPS in all problem 'spots' of the game. Only a more powerful CPU will help. As long as the GTX 260 is at playable levels, like 1920x1080 and 4xAA there is almost no difference from turning down resolution and AA. Only proves how CPU intensive this game is.

There are spots in the game, especially when modded that drops down to 20fps on the Q9650@4GHz system, while the 2500K@4GHz manages 35FPS. In other words, from unplayable to playable.

This is one of the few games that actually benefits very much from a Sandybridge.
Edited by turrican9 - 5/19/11 at 11:42am
    
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I'm pretty sure everyone already knows the 2500K is faster overall and has for awhile.
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I'm pretty sure everyone already knows the 2500K is faster overall and has for awhile.
^This.
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^This.
While this may be true, I thank the OP for showing exactly how much better. There are plenty of users who aren't aware of this fact, and he is helping shed light on the fact.

I personally wouldn't have decided to upgrade to SB from C2Q if not for posts such as this one.

Thank you, Turrican.
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While this may be true, I thank the OP for showing exactly how much better. There are plenty of users who aren't aware of this fact, and he is helping shed light on the fact.

I personally wouldn't have decided to upgrade to SB from C2Q if not for posts such as this one.

Thank you, Turrican.
They should know considering SB is slightly faster then Intels previous processors. It's not like this isn't performance that hasn't been around for 2 years.
     
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They should know considering SB is slightly faster then Intels previous processors. It's not like this isn't performance that hasn't been around for 2 years.
Few games show a difference as Oblivion does. It's very CPU intesive. Most games show very little difference.

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Kind of a noob question, but isn't there supposed to be a way to force Oblivion to make use of more system RAM?
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Don't suppose you have GTA4? I'm very curious to see how that stacks up between the two cpu's. Oblivion is very playable for me.. GTA 4 is not (by my standards).
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Don't suppose you have GTA4? I'm very curious to see how that stacks up between the two cpu's. Oblivion is very playable for me.. GTA 4 is not (by my standards).
Don't have it. And I won't go through the trouble of moving around my graphics card again.

Yeah, Oblivion runs fine for the most part on older CPU's. But try everything at max with 4xAA and multisampling (Even that does not matter, you can go without AA and multisampling and get similar results) at the same location shown on the pictures. Looking at that gate in the waterfront district. Also use the Unique district mod. I'm guessing your system will dip way under 30FPS. I know of even worse spots than that one.

Here is the deal, this has nothing to do with the video card, as long as you have the power of a GTX 260 or similar and up. This is plain CPU power. If this game is highly modded it will get a good deal of spots/areas in the game where a Q9xxx/AMD Phenom II will not suffice and the FPS will fall down to 20FPS. Sandy on the other hand is so powerful that even in these areas it will be playable.
    
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