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Okay guys, I put a LOT of friggin time into this so I hope you appreciate it.

After seeing numerous claims by people that Crysis exhibited considerable CPU-based throttling of FPS while in-game, I decided to put this claim to the test. I had seen very limited impact of CPU-speeds on FPS in the regular GPU benchmark (I suppose that's why it's CALLED a GPU benchmark, eh?), but had never really done much analysis using the assault_harbor test in the Crysis Benchmarking Tool.

The following are my results. All driver settings remain the same throughout and were set to let the in-game settings make all the decisions. 174.74 was used, however I'm using v1.1 of the Crysis game itself. I decided to *approximate* the effects when using a 8800GTS640 (although the clock settings are admittedly a bit low, so it's really just an estimate) and to closely mirror the effects when using the highest overclocked 9800GTS I've seen on the market.

I'll leave it up to you guys to further analyze my results.

I'm not gonna repost this huge thing, so here's the thread:
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/3199...u-testing.html
    
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hynix 250gb ssd (boot), 2tb deskstar (apps),1tb... plextor px-712sa - still the best optical drive... corsair h8o v2 aio W10 home 
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asus vw266h 25.5" (1920x1200) abs sl (enermax revolution) * single 70A rail 850w silverstone rv-03 XFi Titanium 
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