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Pretty interesting and surprising. Glad I ditched my E8500 over a year ago when I did or I'd really be hurting in the game department, but it does well for my HTPC needs now. So much for the "higher clocked dual cores are better for gaming vs slower quad core" that was very prevalent in many tech forums just a few years ago, the PC gaming hardware scene has really change.

I would have like to have seen a 680 or even a dual SLI setup thrown in for comparison along with the very popular E8400-8600 C2D CPUs that a lot of people ran and still continue to run.


http://hothardware.com/Reviews/GPU-Redux-Can-Old-DualCores-Drive-A-Modern-Graphics-Card/?page=1


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Edited by Binary Ecyrb - 2/8/13 at 12:56pm
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Q6600 still holding its own. Nice.
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Yeah, as I know there are LOOOAAAADS of Q6600's owners out there still lol
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Pretty much what I would have expected. Just goes to show how GPU bound games are when running 1080p and that even practically ancient CPU's can put out playable frame rates.
    
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Pretty much what I would have expected. Just goes to show how GPU bound games are when running 1080p and that even practically ancient CPU's can put out playable frame rates.

Well again, id' like to see results with 1200p and beyond resolutions as it could get real interesting.
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I know bottlenecking exists, but I also think it is blown out of proportion. I'd love to pair my GTX 670 with my old Q6600 and see what kind of framerates I'd get. That chip was golden with a 1.20 VID. It would do 4GHz without breaking a sweat.
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Well again, id' like to see results with 1200p and beyond resolutions as it could get real interesting.

Upping the resolution would just increase GPU load so in cases where you are CPU limited you would essentially get the extra resolution with no FPS cost.
    
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Well again, id' like to see results with 1200p and beyond resolutions as it could get real interesting.

Increase resolution just increases GPU load... CPU load doesn't change much.
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Very interesting read, it's cool to see how well those Q6600's can still perform even being as old as they are.
 
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I had terrible bottlenecking with a Q6600 and a GTX560 (non ti) in BF3. Oddly enough, my friend with a Q6600 and his HD5850 has no issues at all. I read somewhere that C2Q and Fermi don't always play nice together. Take that with a grain of salt, but that was indeed what my findings suggested.
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