Originally Posted by yanzco
well in gaming..
lets say.. the new ones out..
cod black ops, gta4, sc2, shogun2, dirt 3, battlefield3 ..
so if its okay. can i ask how are your games doing? / overall.
and if its not to hassle..
can you change your 'gaming resolution' to 1600x900
and check for me how would it go..
I dont play any of those games except I did play the Shogun 2 demo and it ran smooth on both the campaign and battlefield maps with my i3 530 @ 4GHz. The campaign map can only max out 1 cpu core. I confirmed this on another forum.
For Starcraft 2, Sandy Bridge will be better, much better, according to the benchmarks which I have seen.
I always play with Nvidia 3D vision. 3D vision turns on v-sync which limits fps to 60. There are very few games in which I can not maintain 60fps.
In Bad company 2 (single player) and Mafia 2, with 3D vision off, fps is just a little above 60. With 3D vision on, Bad company 2 stays at 60 and Mafia 2 runs at 30-45fps with PhysX on high at 1080p with an OC'd GTX 580. I have read that Bad Company 2 multi-player is more cpu demanding than single player.
You may see a little stuttering sometimes with hyperthreading on, in games which use more than 2 cpu cores. I see some mild stuttering in Heaven benchmark runs at low resolution, when fps rises to around 80+. I believe it's due to the weak hyperthreaded virtual "cores", but I'm not sure. My signature system is only for 3D vision gaming. I dont care about very high fps.
For highly competitive online gaming, I say buy i5-2500k or i7-2600k ... and get a fast internet connection.