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I am pretty disappointed. I am not sure what is going on here but I am wondering if I got a cpu bottleneck. Running an E8500 at 3.8ghz. In the Re5 benchmark my score is less than some other guys score with a GTX480 with an i7 by an average of 5 fps less or so.

Also games don't exactly run smoother than my 5870m in my laptop. Find it odd. I game at 1360x768 resolution BTW. Overall I wonder if it's just my cpu that's really holding me back by quite a bit. If it is then maybe I should just return everything.

Any thoughts before I return this card tomorrow, and sell off the rest of my desktop. Don't feel like upgrading to an i7 and spending $400 on a motherboard/ram/processor. Was hoping to get a way cheap but I guess that's not possible.

Starting to wonder if the newer games are just crap now as well. I've been running bops, moh, bc2, etc. And I've noticed no real improvement over the 5870m which is equivalent to a 5770 basically. Hey in a way this might be a good thing, I'll just save $500 when I return all these parts, lol.
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With a dual core on that low resolution there really wasn't a point to buying 6970..
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I believe its your cpu. Can you run some benchies such as vantage? What is your cpu score compared to your gpu? My phenom II I believe might be what is holding me back at the moment as well, but usually benching 1000 less than others with an i7.

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5870 was more then enough.... you would profit a lot more if you changed the CPU to a Quad... Maybe a Q9550 with 12mb caxe... though what about real world gaming? Benchmarks are optimized for quads and above... so its normal that a duo does not score much...
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That gpu is really good for 1080 and above, below it and you should look at a different card
    
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A quad of some sort would be beneficial. Q66 maybe?
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I'll try running 3dmark vantage and repost. Also running 4GB ram, 1000 watt power supply, etc.
    
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You'd be better off spending money on a monitor without such a low resolution..
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That gpu is really good for 1080 and above, below it and you should look at a different card
Let's not head down this road. A 6970 should in fact destory games at lower resolutions too you would think...
    
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Its the CPU. You will need at least a Quad Core these days + the resolution a Quad can end up 2x faster then your CPU.
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