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Maybe in benchmarks/folding the 2600k will be faster, in gaming you probably wont notice much of a difference.
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You would see a pretty decent bump in your PPD with a 2600K, but when it comes to gaming you wouldn't really see a difference. The only time it would make a difference is in games that are primary CPU bound. There are also a couple of different games that will run better on a 2600K Ex. Starcraft 2. However, with the rig you have right now I would wait until you actually feel the need to upgrade due to performance issues that make a game you want to play unplayable.
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post #13 of 51
Thread Starter 
Thanks very much for the kind input!

I ran a few quick tests and you are all right. It seems the games that I am not able to run on the highest settings are limited by my GPUs, not my CPU. I suppose I'm a little surprised that two GTX 480s can't max out everything but then again I am using three screens at 5960x1080 resolution. For example, I have to play Crysis 2 at Extreme settings (not Ultra) in order to keep a 40-60fps average. My motherboard doesn't support more than 2-way SLI. Are there any other options to increase fps or allow me to play on the highest settings without replacing my motherboard and adding another GPU? Ideas welcome

Cheers.
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If you are playing surround with 1.5Gb GTX480, an upgrade to GTX 580 3Gb cards will be a noticeable upgrade, if you plan to add a decent amt of AA, AF to your games, esp Metro, Crysis 2 etc.
    
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MUCH faster.
 
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This week I just switched from an 940 X4 @ 3.4 to this 2600k, Board + RAM + CPU = $500 upgrade. It's not as fast as the fanboi's will say but it is faster.

Cinebench I went from 3.74 to 7.72 for CPU and OpenGL went from 54fps to 79fps.
Far Cry 2 bench at same settings went from 69 fps to 78 fps.
CoD Blops went from 40-50 under crappy maps, to 91 all the time.
HL2:LC benchmark went from 224fps to 347fps.
3D06 went from 19xxx(3.7GHz) to 24xxx(3.6GHz for now)

Still working on the heat so I can push higher, but for $500 I'm happy with upgrading from my 940 X4, but then again I also went from 4GB DDR2 800 to 16GB DDR3 1600.
One thing tho is the BIOS always wants to set the Multi to 38, so I left it there and it's been running great, hitting a max of 61C during long gaming sessions.
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I just came from a 1055T and it's a LOT faster. I fold a lot as well, and it's amazing there. I haven't done a lot of gaming, just some BF3, so it's hard to say.
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post #18 of 51
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Originally Posted by klaxian View Post
I play games like Witcher 2, WoW, Crysis 2, NFS: Shift 2, GTA IV, Call of Duty: Black Ops, etc.
You want an i5-2500k, not an i7-2600k.

You'll see pretty good gains in all those games, WoW will be like night and day.

The SB chips are A LOT faster than the Phenom II chips in gaming, the only real question is do you need the extra FPS.

You should run MSI Afterburner with a nice OC on your gpus, detach monitoring and make it large so it records a long period. Load up your games, disable vsync, and if you don't like what you see for usage on the gpu graphs you'll like SB a lot.


If you had a single gpu I'd say it wouldn't be worth it, but an i5-2500k upgrade would be worth it since you have two. The i5-2500k isn't as fast as the i7 in folding but it's faster than the Phenom II x6 in folding so it not like you'd be losing anything there.
    
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funny how people say it wont make much difference when they apparently dont know what they're talking about.

If it was a single 480, I'd agree, but his Phenom is definately bottlenecking that SLI setup by a fair bit.

The GTX 590 is about as powerful as two 480's and I often dip down to 50-70% GPU usage simply due to the CPU being not powerful enough to fully utilize the GPU's (then again, im running 3,5 GHz).

So unless you're compensating it by turning on as much visual flamboyance as possible to run into a GPU limit (we're talking about overkill stuff like 32xAA, Supersampling n stuff here), it will provide a significant performance boost in games.

Then again, it all depends on the particular game you're playing. I recommend you to download MSI Afterburner or evga Precision and check your GPU usage that you're getting in your games.
If its not 99% across the board then you're most likely encountering a bottleneck.

Then, based on the figures you got it's up to you to decide whether its worth to step up to a 2600k (2500k would be enough really, just as fust in games). As for Crysis 2 I can say that the GPU's are mainly running between 80 - 99%, so this seems like a rather GPU intensive game and will do fine even on the phenom.

Various other games however provide me with a 30-50% bottleneck and thats simply too much for me, thats why I'll be upgrading soon.

EDIT: Just saw you're playing Shift 2, thats one of those games where I'm encountering huge bottleneck, going down to 50% sometimes.
Edited by toX0rz - 10/29/11 at 5:23am
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post #20 of 51
Op if your really wanting an upgrade to Sb just wait another 2 weeks and grab a 2500k/p/67 off the classifieds. Myself and others are dumping our setups for sandy bridge e
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