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Sup ppl?
I'm curious as to how your Q6600 performs during multiplayer. Feedback on SP performance is useless, so let's stick to MP,, okay?

My Q6600 is at 3.15GHz and it's around 40 FPS on average and sometimes drops down to 30. My GPU is an OC'ed GTX 560 Ti. Everything runs perfectly in SP from start to finish @ 1080P with literally everything on Ultra, on a 27" HDTV along with the FOV bumped up to 80 (which will use more resources as that causes more content to be shown on the screen) but once it comes to MP, it all depends on the player count, game mode, map and the level of destruction. Afterburner hardly ever shows the GPU usage being maxed out, so changing the graphics settings don't make a difference on the performance since it's just the CPU that's struggling. It's always at 90% or more, no matter what.

Grand Bazaar, Kharg Island, Noshar Canals, Metro and especially Damavand Peak all run very smoothly when it comes to a low player count on TDM or Rush, even with MSAA at 2X, but the others like Caspian Border (of course), Firestorm and omg, Seine Crossing, which must be the worst, with all those damn effects, end up running like a slideshow for the most part, not to mention the damn B2K maps. Karkand and Oman can get really bad. I've noticed the more a map gets destroyed, the bigger the effect on the frame rate as well. I thought CQ maps would always be playable, but when the map starts to get leveled, most noticeably on Operation 925, the experience can get pretty choppy, even for such a small map.

What I have noticed though, are the damn AK maps. Armored Shield isn't so bad, but all the others run great with a good amount of players, and I dunno what they did with Alborz Mountain, but that map is HUGE and consistently runs perfectly, regardless of settings, player count or game mode. It's amazing.

I usually just stick to 16-24 player Rush or 16 player SDM, as well as small Gun Master servers that i've started to like since recently. Only option is to get our Q6600 OC'ed to a higher Clock Speed. When I bump it to 3.25GHz for example, I can see a big difference, so I have an OC profile on in my BIOS with those settings when i'm gonna play BF3, and when playing in the night and it's cool, i'll bring the OC up even higher. Our CPU still owns, I have no issues with it in any other game, but BF3 really pushes it. I hope the Aftermath maps run as well as those from the AK expansion.

What are your experiences like playing BF3 online using a Q6600?
Edited by Desolator4u - 11/27/12 at 1:25pm
    
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Hmm i had 9800GT with Q6600 on 3.7Ghz./3.6GHZ (dont remember).
Had everything on ultra with 1680-1024 with like 35fps (multiplayer)
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I know when I had my q6600 and 6950 I saw a good performance bump in BF3 MP increasing the OC from 3.0GHz to 3.6GHz.
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You're at a very conservative voltage.

Get a better cooler and push for 3.6Ghz, if you optimize air flow and also if ambient temps were quite cool I used to run 3.8Ghz at those times.
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post #6 of 12
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Certainly sounds like I just gotta get the OC higher.
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You're at a very conservative voltage.
Get a better cooler and push for 3.6Ghz, if you optimize air flow and also if ambient temps were quite cool I used to run 3.8Ghz at those times.

I am actually working on that, even got a thread for it http://www.overclock.net/forum/newestpost/1331868
1.33v is what I use to run for a very long time, but now I have to raise it to about 1.375v to keep 3.15GHz stable, so i'm worried that's a sign of the board going bad and a bit nervous to OC any higher.
    
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actually like after 3.2 every little mhz bump is high voltage bump.
at 3.15 i had 1 -2 voltages bump from stock i had like 1.275V
So at 3.6 you will need around 1.5V already
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actually like after 3.2 every little mhz bump is high voltage bump.
at 3.15 i had 1 -2 voltages bump from stock i had like 1.275V
So at 3.6 you will need around 1.5V already

1.5v? Intel recommends that it doesn't go over 1.45v. Do you mean 1.5v going to the CPU or 1.5v set manually which after vdroop would be lower than that?
    
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post #9 of 12
That cpu can take the volts, it's the heat that kills it.

With 1.52v (after a small vdroop) I ran 3.8Ghz but I don't remember what I had for 3.5Ghz which was at by default.

Is your chip a G0 stepping? How is the vdroop on that board anyway? If you can minimize that it will give you a better OC.
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post #10 of 12
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Yup, it's the mighty G0.
So if I set 1.5v and it shows a reading of like 1.45v, I should be good then?
    
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