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post #1 of 18
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I possess an equivalent Xeon chip, but in your opinion, are Core 2 Quads still adequate for gaming?

For me, it's a yes. My X3350 doesn't seem to be holding back my GTX 560 Ti much at all. GPU usage can go up near 100% depending on the scenario.

I don't see myself replacing this setup until 2013 or 2014 at the earliest.
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post #2 of 18
I think they would still work for all except the most powerful graphics card setups (multi card setups). And even then, the bottleneck would still allow you to get the fps you want probably.
Edited by razaice - 8/31/11 at 12:43pm
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post #3 of 18
What clock speed? If it is at 3.6GHz+, you would be fine for most.

At stock 2.66GHz, it can definitely bottleneck some games (and expect most AAA games by 2014.)
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Depends on how fast it's running, what games you are playing, and if you are otherwise GPU limited.

I would say that most Yorkfields at 3GHz+ are perfectly adequate for the vast majority of modern games.
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post #5 of 18
C2Q's are very powerful still, my old Q9650 is running games like BFBC2 with a GTX 480 at max settings at 1080p on my friends pc (~100 fps). If you can reach around 3.6 or higher, it would prolong the use of your cpu.
post #6 of 18
Regardless of whatever anyone wants to think, C2Qs with a single GPU and 1080p monitor are just as capable as anything else, and since they're more capable than the best AMD has to offer they shouldn't be looked down on by either camp.

If this weren't true I'd already have a newer CPU in my sig rig.
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post #7 of 18
Yeah it's no surprise that they are still very powerful. The Sandy Bridge lines just bumped it down but it's definitely still more than adequate for many things. I'm running a Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.0GHz 24/7 and it keeps me happy
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post #8 of 18
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I personally keep mine at stock clocks (2.83 GHz), and it feels snappy enough for me. Though for some reason, CPU usage jumps to 50% whenever viewing video through GameTrailers.
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Now that you have a SB-E, have you seen a noticeable difference ?
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post #10 of 18
Lol I run my q9550@stock and I'm still pulling 60fps on high settings in Bd3. Core 2 quad's are perfectly fine for gaming.

Holy necro..8/11?? Why post in something that old
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