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Originally Posted by 7ranslucen7 View Post
@ 3.8 ghz I'd say is decent for most games. I had an e6600 @ 3.4 ghz /w a 5850 playing BC2 @ max settings. Can't say I see the difference too much with my rig now other than being able to play eyefinity with the same settings.
Er.. Surely you can see the difference between a 30-35fps almost-slideshow and near constant 60 fps.

I came from playing BFBC2 on an E6420 at 3.2ghz (practically the same CPU you were using) to an i5 760, and was blown away by the difference. My gf still plays BFBC2 on an E5200 @3.7ghz and it almost makes me sick when I try to watch or she wants a turn on the 460 SLI machine.

Unless your eye-finity setup can't manage 60 FPS, there has to be a tremendous difference. The dual is enough to play, but it's not the same experience.
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Here is a good comparison Core i7-860@4.0Ghz vs Q9550@4.0Ghz in 43 benchmarks with a single ATI 5850@1Ghz

It's not Dual VS Quad... I still think it is a very nice comparison..
    
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Here is a good comparison Core i7-860@4.0Ghz vs Q9550@4.0Ghz in 43 benchmarks with a single ATI 5850@1Ghz

It's not Dual VS Quad... I still think it is a very nice comparison..
I used to say that C2Q's are easily as good as Phenom II's... No one bereaved me .
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I used to say that C2Q's are easily as good as Phenom II's... No one bereaved me .
C2Q's, at least those with 12MB Cache is faster then Phenom II clock for clock.

Q9650@3GHz VS Phenom II X4 940@3GHz
    
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What will happen is you see about a 5-10 fps between both cpus. I found that old core 2 duos have very small bottlenecks. On my i3 at 4.5 I can't tell a bottleneck exist. Its just like a 930 I had. You will see a difference just very small.
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post #27 of 64
Sandy bridge is faster. However, there are some games where you cannot see a difference once you turn up AA/AF/details etc.
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toms hardware did an excellent article on cpu bottlenecking showing performance and load on cores in gaming.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738.html
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post #29 of 64
ill be upgrading in 2013 when those 16 core cpu's come out. Might also be when the new consoles come out.


Till then i might have to turn it to medium
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I hope you are actually going to test for a cpu bottleneck. On the same machine, same cpu, same gpu, you have to run the same benchmark at different resolutions, from low resolution to highest resolution.

If the frames per second don't really change as resolution goes up then you have a true cpu bottleneck.
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