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i don't know if my problem might be a motherboard setting or if i'm getting bottlenecking, but playing online in bad company 2 which is supppost to be a light game i do get drops to around 40fps and gameplay is not rock solid smooth since i see frame drop all the time. i would like to know or compare some of the benchamrk with you guys.

SLI 1920x1200 overclock to 900/1800/2200
3dmark advantage 38k (33k GPU) default

3dmark 11 p6500 default


heaven ungine 104fps (jsetting default)

metro2033 48fps (4AA - 16X everything max)



after reading some of the benchmark review (seeing everyone benchmark with I7 now) they get high score.
even single cards were approaching my SLI. In here i see people with 570 dancing around my scores.

Now, i'm waiting for sandy bridge but do you think is bottlenecking or my be a system issue i need to look into?

by the way my ram are overclock 1:1 ratio, around 930mhz only.
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For gaming no, for benchmarks yes.
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^^

something wrong with game drivers?
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Originally Posted by LiLChris View Post
For gaming no, for benchmarks yes.
yeah but benchmark like metro, crysis, dirt 2 etc gives you average FPS, i really don't care much on vantage 3d mark. My main concern and the reason i went with SLI is trying to get the MINIMUM high FPS. Now i see that all benchamrk in a game like battlefield did 86 Minimum FPS and i'm seeing drops of 40fps in my rig just kills me. i don't care anything above 60fps but below it does concerns me.
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Originally Posted by runeazn View Post
^^

something wrong with game drivers?

before i had a 4870x2, but did all the driver sweeper, uninstall, safe mode etc. right now using the quadro drivers which has giving me much better perfomance than any other driver
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Q9550 = X4 Performance

Maybe time to consider moving up to something like SB?
    
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Hi Eduarmc,

we already discussed about it concerning 3DMark06.

In 3DMark06, we are CPU limited with our C2Q and GTX580. I only mark at 26k with Q9650@4,4GHz and GTX580@920/1840/2300, where people with Corei7@4GHz do around 30k with same conditions.

But in game, I don't feel any CPU limitations.
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A Q9550 and GTX 580 SLi is like having a tank with a Ferrari engine.
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Your Vantage score looks right for your system ... in the Performance mode, yes you'll get some BN'ing on the graphics tests w/that proc, people w/i7 will get a bit higher GPU (and of course cpu and overall) score. In Extreme mode, you wouldn't get any BN on the GPU score though, as it's quite difficult to run graphically.

3dMark11 the issue is most likely that SLI isn't working. Check your GPU usage graphs in Afterburner, it'll be very obvious if it's not working. I had to jump through hoops to get SLI working on my cards. On this test, your CPU shouldn't hold down your scores on the graphics tests at all, but your physics and combined scores will be lower than someone w/i7 so overall you'll score a little lower.

People have been complaining about bad FPS drops in BC2 online w/nVidia cards since the day it came out. There's even a sticky about it at the top of the forum. i7's do tend to do a bit better in this particular game w/nV cards in SLI, but it's probably not the cause of your FPS drops. If single player mode works fine, then it's just the dreaded BC2 OL Fermi bug you're experiencing.

If you go over to the Benchmarking forum on OCN
Benchmarking Software and Discussion - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
there's threads where people have run Metro and Heaven (among others) at certain prescribed settings, you should do the exact same tests and compare. You should expect some BN effect on the Heaven and Metro benchmarks because they're being done at 1680x1050 and not totally maxed out.

Bottom-line, yes, with that much gfx power, there are going to be scenarios where you get less FPS than someone with an i7, especially at lower graphics quality settings (lower res/aa levels etc).
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A Q9550 and GTX 580 SLi is like having a tank with a Ferrari engine.
Or driving Ferrari on dirt road.
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