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It has been a while since one of our articles featured an AMD Processor. Ever since intel's core 2 line up of processors emerged, the gaming and benchmarking market has been heavily dominated by intel. However, over the past few years we have seen AMD release some high quality processors that offer great value for the end user. The latest among these processors is the Phenom II X6 1100T and this article will analyze its performance in various gaming titles.

If you look at the different reviews online it is not hard to assess that AMD might not be the best choice if you are aiming for the best graphics rendering performance. One can also find reports of multi-GPU setups being severely handicapped when coupled with a Phenom II processor as opposed to an I7. Of course, some of these tests are run at resolutions and image quality settings that only worsen the situation. Unlike such scenarios, this article will try to make full use of a powerful TRI SLI setup at resolution and image quality settings where high end GPU offerings are supposed to run ! Hopefully this will give us a more practical picture of the extent of the disadvantage that an AMD Processors puts you at, when you are running a high end gaming set up.
http://benchmarkextreme.com/Articles...01100T/P1.html
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I call poppycock on those benchmarks. there is no way that a 4.2GHz overclock on a 1100T over stock yield no improvement on a single GTX570 for games.
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I call poppycock on those benchmarks. there is no way that a 4.2GHz overclock on a 1100T over stock yield no improvement on a single GTX570 for games.
Unless while they were running at stock, TurboCore kicked in and it was running at 3.7GHz.
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Yeah these benchmarks look "off". There is no way there is no scaling across the board with an overclocked proc.
    
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Unless while they were running at stock, TurboCore kicked in and it was running at 3.7GHz.
if you look at the graphs for all benchmarks on the single GTX570 a 3.3GHz 1100T has the same FPS as a 4.2GHz 1100T. its a flat line.

unless they interpreted or made the graphs wrong, what that's telling me is that there is no improvement on overclocking the 1100T if you have a single GTX570 which is totally wrong.
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They're testing at 2560x1600. Games are MASSIVELY more GPU-limited than CPU-limited at those resolutions.

3.3Ghz + Turbo with a PII X6 1100T shouldn't be much different than one at 4.2Ghz with a game such as Crysis at extreme resolution.

Personally, I run my processor at 3.4Ghz + Turbo because I simply am not CPU-limited in any game I play. My GTX470 is the bottleneck in my system at this point.
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I wonder how bc2 would look.. I find it to be a cpu hog with all it's wonderful destruction.
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if you look at the graphs for all benchmarks on the single GTX570 a 3.3GHz 1100T has the same FPS as a 4.2GHz 1100T. its a flat line.
I know, but if they didn't disable the TurboCore feature in BIOS, then guess what, everything that was benched at "3.3GHz," means it was benched at 3.7GHz. 1100T runs at 3.7Ghz under load, unless you disable the turbocore feature. A negligible performance difference in games between 3.7GHz and 4.2Ghz is what the graphs would be showing. Otherwise, yeah, I agree, if it were truly benched at stock 3.3GHz (turbocore disabled), then something is fishy.
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I know, but if they didn't disable the TurboCore feature in BIOS, then guess what, everything that was benched at "3.3GHz," means it was benched at 3.7GHz. 1100T runs at 3.7Ghz under load, unless you disable the turbocore feature. A negligible difference in games between 3.7GHz and 4.2Ghz is what the graphs would be showing. Otherwise, I agree, if it were truly benched at stock 3.3GHz (turbocore disabled), then something is fishy.
Isn't turbocore for single-threaded apps and only changes the clock of one core?
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I know, but if they didn't disable the TurboCore feature in BIOS, then guess what, everything that was benched at "3.3GHz," means it was benched at 3.7GHz. 1100T runs at 3.7Ghz under load, unless you disable the turbocore feature. A negligible performance difference in games between 3.7GHz and 4.2Ghz is what the graphs would be showing. Otherwise, yeah, I agree, if it were truly benched at stock 3.3GHz (turbocore disabled), then something is fishy.
thats true, but turbo core only works on three cores and it disables the three others. are all the games in this using two cores max?
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