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added GPU usage to my OSD and while playing dirt2 I noticed that my usage drops when I enter the race to about 68%>
but in load screens and whatnot it jumps to 98%+ and the FPS also jump from <60FPS to well over 120fps.

Could is this normal or do I have a bottleneck somewhere?
have a E6700 stock that stays under 120F in all games.
4gb Kingston HyperX 1333 (running at 1066) I can't remember if is CL9 or CL8 rolleyes.gif
and my Graphics card is a R6770mgd5 @ 930/1100mhz

Thanks in advance thumb.gif
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post #2 of 11
I cant see you having a bottleneck with that hardware you have.

What is the CPU usage at during dirt3 ?
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You really need to OC that CPU if you're going to continue using it for gaming much longer. But if you're happy with your frames in dirt 2, I wouldn't worry about it. However in more heavily CPU oriented games, you will need an OC on that E6700, and you can easily get up to 4ghz out of those.
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post #4 of 11
Sounds like a CPU bottleneck.
Also please always put temps in Celsius.
post #5 of 11
OC the CPU and see if there's still a bottleneck. ^^ This regarding temps.
post #6 of 11
Is this a Conroe E6700 or a Wolfdale E6700?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by treeman View Post

Is this a Conroe E6700 or a Wolfdale E6700?
Conroe, SL9S7 core 2 duo
Quote:
Originally Posted by m3t4lh34d View Post

You really need to OC that CPU if you're going to continue using it for gaming much longer. But if you're happy with your frames in dirt 2, I wouldn't worry about it. However in more heavily CPU oriented games, you will need an OC on that E6700, and you can easily get up to 4ghz out of those.

Ehhh... cpu overclocking is way to.....complicated and time consuming for me...Tried it a few years ago with a OLD Tualatin celeron. managed to get 100mhz stable on the MSI board....got that thing up to 1400mhz (no audio)

As for happy, eh, its quite playable...

just added cpu usage to my osd and gonna give a few runs with different games. see what the outcome is.
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Conroe, SL9S7 core 2 duo
Ehhh... cpu overclocking is way to.....complicated and time consuming for me...Tried it a few years ago with a OLD Tualatin celeron. managed to get 100mhz stable on the MSI board....got that thing up to 1400mhz (no audio)
As for happy, eh, its quite playable...
just added cpu usage to my osd and gonna give a few runs with different games. see what the outcome is.

overclocking is not hard at all, all you need is time to stress to make sure its stable. even overclocking to 3.6ghz would just be a simple fsb adjustment and maybe a slight voltage bump.
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post #9 of 11
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Hmm, just googled it not nearly as complicated as that freaking celeron was.
Change the fsb, up the multiplier bump up the voltage...blah blah blah

Apparently the E6700 is (generally) capable of 3.66ghz so I just jumped my fsb up to 300 and I'm running P95 right now.
CPU is sitting at 54C and the cores are at 46C thumb.gif
if this runs stable I'll slowly up the FSB to 366 and set my Ram to 1333 manually (since it's still underclocked now at 600mhz)

**quick note
Core 1 is still passing tests but core 2 got failure on 7 with a 0.5 with a 0.4 expected

EDIT:
My mobo only allows vcore + at 50mv increments (50, 100, 150)

SO still at 300fsb and 1.344Vcore(CPU-z) so far it's still passing test in p95 and temps have only gone up 1C per core

Also the important temp is it the CPU (taken on the mobo @ winbond) or the cores(taken at intel core)
Edited by von rottes - 1/26/12 at 9:42pm
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post #10 of 11
The Conroe chip should clock ok. It's 65nm so I wouldn't expect anything like 4ghz without some serious voltage but definitely overclock to cut back a bit of the bottleneck
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