Sure, a superfast CPU might do a better job, but it'd only be noticable at low resolutions. At high resolutions, it's the graphics cards that provides the most bottleneck, and with an X1900 XT you're going to be playing at high resolutions...
No not below playable. A noticeable framerate drop from over 100 fps to 60 or just below. If anything even music is running in the backround my frate drops, I really really hate this processor. Which shouldnt happen at all, with 4x AA and 8x AF on 1280x1024.
yeah.. i would definately OC to a minumum of 2.4 ghz.. otherwise you will run into a big bottleneck.. they did an article maybe 6 months back talking about how you need at least a 3.0/3.2ghz P4 or a 2.4ghz AMD 64...
Not a chance.The ATHLON64 is made for gaming.In fact the BARTON cores are still to be recond with when it comes to gaming.But seriously,the days of a cpu bottlenecking a video card are long over.Pretty much any modern processor will enhance gaming,not choke it.Goodluck.
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Actually it is a bottleneck. Nothing you can fix, but do you guys ever notice how well GPU based synthetic marks (3Dmarks) and gaming scores scale well with with newer CPU's?? They still require CPU horsepower no matter what people say. That said, a 3200 should be fine.....be nice if you could even get a litte overclock on that thing to boot.
I was surprised to see complete CPU bottleneck with a 2.6GHz 1MB cache A64 in the town benchmark. The X1800XT, X1900XT, and crossfire X1900XT scored the same fps at each cpu speed. Of course, there will be even lower fps in other parts of Oblivion because of the GPU.
I've said it before, and your only helping to prove my point (thanks bud) you need a decent CPU to back you.
My biggest catch onto this way with my 148. Without overclocking the GPU at all, the difference between scores @ stock 2200mhz and 3Ghz was rather impressive. CPU still plays a large part in your performance.
OK, coming late on this but I have two things here I want to say/ask :1 The benches at anands was at 12-10 admitidly not alot of difference but some,and wont that escsolate as you raise you rez's? And 2:As we see in Oblivion,it does happen,albeit slightly,but with alot of eye candy at stake for those prescious fraps.And wont the soon to be out future games be of this demanding nature?