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f you test 3Dmark06 with a 1000MHz overclocked Core 2 Quad or Duo you get 11300 marks. But when you test the same card, same test on a same non overclocked CPU at 2.66GHz the situation completely changes.
    
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Well that seems to be correct since there is a CPU mark score. When I had my Opty 165 @ 2.85GHz, my overall 3dMark score was higher than when it was at a solid 2.2GHz while the GPU core clock was the same.
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And frankly I would like to know that the expensive new card I just got is so fast that it's completely cpu bottlenecked. That just means that I can upgrade cpu next year and get even more out of my card instead of getting a new cpu AND a new video card.
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I'm sure in a game, the CPU is taken out of the equation. What a stupid article.
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Considering that, in the chain of command, the GPU does take orders from the CPU, it might be possible- However, I highly doubt it- A C2D system should be able to keep up with an 8800GTX, in my opinion.

I took this article with a grain of salt...
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Yes, my setup does run faster than with just an X800. But I know that my X1900 doesn't purr half as well as it would with a C2D. I know 8800s are the first to use Dx10, yada yada. But if you have a mid-range C2D like a 6400 or 6300 and cant overclock it like you need to (see: expensive DDR2 ram as a prerequisite for this). Then you might end up with the performance of an overclocked 7900. Whooptie doo.

Now again, dont barge in with the Dx10 comments because, frankly, thats a BS argument until we actually see Dx10 games.

If you can't offload enough processing onto the GPU, because of a CPU bottleneck, then there is no reason to drop the kind of cash these cards require.
    
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