Originally Posted by ComradeNF
Isn't that CPU faster than my 965 BE? Mine rarely passes 60% load when playing 16v16 Conquest with completely maxed out graphics at 1080p, I see no reasons why his should lag.
#1 <100% total GPU usage doesn't mean you're not getting CPU-bottlenecked. Well, on a single core it usually does mean that, but not when you have 4 cores available.
#2 No, your CPU at 3.6 is considerably faster than his q6600 at 2.4. At least 50% faster, in fact.
I agree w/Xeb. BC2 has a relatively high CPU demand per frame rendered, and a q6600 at stock can definitely struggle to keep the FPS high in that game.
OP: I'd imagine if you look at your GPU usage in the Afterburner graphs while playing it, you find that despite your FPS not being all that high, your GPU usage is far below 99%, correct? This is further confirmation that you have a bottleneck of some kind ... and the CPU is the first thing to suspect in this particular scenario
Also you should look up some OC'ing guides out there on teh inter-webz. There's TONS of them for C2Q's/775 socket boards (which is what you have, and don't try to use a guide for any other platform or you'll be barking up the wrong tree entirely).
Important: You'll want to make sure when you're trying to OC that you have your memory multiplier on the lowest possible setting, because when you OC your front-side bus (the means by which CPU OC'ing is possible on that platform), you also OC your RAM.
Thus, it's best to have the multiplier on the lowest setting, to help take the speed the RAM is running at 'out of the equation' in terms of your finding your highest FSB/OC.
Figuring out which is the 'lowest multiplier' can be tricky though, as different boards use different nomenclature ... sometimes it'll be listed as a 'memory divider', not multiplier. And it might be listed as a MHz value, which can be
. Like, if the memory multiplier choices in teh bios are shown as like 266MHz, 333MHz, 400MHz ... I'm pretty sure that the lowest multiplier is actually the 400MHz one, out of those options.
Compromising some RAM speed (aka memory bandwidth) isn't all that important compared to getting your FSB up, which provides much more benefit.
Bottom-line, look up some guides. It's not rocket science, but it's not QUITE as simple as 'crank up volts, then crank up the FSB'. Memory speed is a consideration on the 775-socket boards.Edited by brettjv - 8/6/11 at 12:17am