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Here is a usage chart from BFBC2 (32 player map) - my cpu is at 4.2GHz with every power saving feature under the sun enabled.

My 470s are running stock, undervolted.



I'm aware of OSD, but typically when people are trying to kill me I'm not looking at it


I die a lot - and when I do usage typically drops to around 90% (no idea why really its still showing the area I died and also will switch to someone else but even then fps seem to be limited to around 80).


At 4.2Ghz I'm getting pretty close to maxing out what my cpu can do, but of course I'm running SLI and we're talking about a single 5870 here, realistically its about half the power.
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Running my 2600k at 4.5 and all I do is game with my machine. That with my asus gtx580 DirectCU II I run everything in Bad Company 2 on max and she doesn't even break a sweat.
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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared View Post
C2Q is quite a bit slower per clock cycle than Sandy Bridge, at 3.2GHz a SB chip will still be quite a bit faster than your C2Q at 3.2Ghz.

For the best idea of the kind of performance you can expect fire up BFBC2 with MSI afterburner running in the background tracking gpu usage, play for a few minutes online and then tab out and check your gpu usage. If you're around 99% most of the time than a cpu upgrade won't help you here, however if you're getting a roller-coaster looking graph on your gpu usage and it never seems to be working at full capacity (cpu bottleneck) you should see gains based on how badly your current cpu is bottlenecking your gpu.
Is there anything on the slower clock cycle thing that I could read? Sounds interesting

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Originally Posted by tpi2007 View Post
You can track GPU usage in realtime, just tell Afterburner to display GPU usage in the OSD.

I'm not sure playing online is the best idea to evaluate a CPU bottleneck, as other factors come into play, mainly eventual network / server congestion.
Yeah I know I have a major CPU bottleneck.
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I can show you stock vs 5Ghz in Cinebench of my own CPU:


Stock 3.3Ghz:


5Ghz:
I hope this is with ht off because i get 9.75 with HT on.
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I hope this is with ht off because i get 9.75 with HT on.
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4.5ghz is more than enough to max out games, So that is where i am staying for now. there's no need for more
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post #17 of 34
A SB is fast enough running at stock. It's not like any game is going to be *slow." But 4.5 ghz is a good target for a 24/7 overclock without risking seriously degrading the CPU from voltage. 4.0 is good for others who want very low voltage.
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talking out my ass here, but seriously you guys are going for epic overkill. What game exists that actually taxes a sandy bridge at stock? never mind overclocking.
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WoW will crush a stock SB cpu in some areas.

Unless you're capping fps at 60 or lack gpu power to push it above 60 something is going to bottleneck, either the gpu(s) or the cpu in most cases.
    
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talking out my ass here, but seriously you guys are going for epic overkill. What game exists that actually taxes a sandy bridge at stock? never mind overclocking.
This.

Stock speeds will be enough for gaming. If my 3.5ghz Lynnfield is enough for gaming, your 3.8ghz SB will be plenty for gaming.

People were maxing games long before SB came to town.
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