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I know some of you may think this to be 3 years late, but I was testing my GTX 280 today, and I thought I would run a benchmark that people would have wanted to see at the time, in light of how CPU-limited 3DMark06 is.

So, I set up my P5Q Pro Turbo with my trusty lapped TRUE.

First benchmark is with an E5300 @ 4.0Ghz.



Second benchmark is with a Q8400 @ 4.0Ghz.




UPDATE:

Here's the Q8400 paired with my old 8800 GTS 320!

For some reason, PhysX was automatically enabled.


Edited by Track - 2/28/11 at 12:27pm
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Fascinating results! Very little in it - practically identical GPU performance in both tests.

Were you @ 1080p? and how does your 2600k compare?
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Fascinating results! Very little in it - practically identical GPU performance in both tests.

Were you @ 1080p? and how does your 2600k compare?
Well, that would be a different motherboard, on a different OS.

This way, I just literally took out the CPU and replaced it with the Quad.

So, all the settings, absolutely everything is identical. PhysX off, etc.

And no, I was running @ 1600x1200 on my 2007FP. Pixel wise, it's about the same. You might get 100 points less @ 1080p.
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None of the 3dmarks (I dont' know about 3dmark11) use quads in the game tests. They pad the score with your CPU score, but if you look at the game FPS, nothing changes.

I think there was a time when 3dmark06 or 3dmark 05 just added a percentage of points for having a quad.
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None of the 3dmarks (I dont' know about 3dmark11) use quads in the game tests. They pad the score with your CPU score, but if you look at the game FPS, nothing changes.

I think there was a time when 3dmark06 or 3dmark 05 just added a percentage of points for having a quad.
Well, it's supposed to be a purely graphical benchmark.

That's why they limit you to one core.
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Futuremark is more for GPU testing than cpu...

Its hard to compare the actual benefit from a dual core to a quad core in games unless the game is coded for multi threaded optimization. And what has been said a billion times, 3DMark is not a game..


This does bring back the memories tho when everyone was defending their 4.0 C2D's as being "the best for gaming" and that a bunch of us C2Q users were wasting our time...


LOL... Now everyone is on Quads, and most on HT quads running 8 threaded cpu's for daily use...
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I used to catch crap for buying an FX-60 from the single core crowd, especially the FX-57 users who were really defensive. It was the same as now, back then games were almost exclusively single-threaded and people trashed on the benefit of having 2 cores for daily use.

Could anyone imagine having a single core machine for anything but a firewall now?
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Note the fps. That E5300 isn't bottlenecking the GTX 280.
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Makes me wanna test my 1090T with 6 cores, then 4 cores with same settings, then 2 cores. hummm....
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Updated!
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