Right speed for 5850?

OK guys, maybe this has been discussed to death but I didn't see it anywhere else. Basically I feel something isn't right with the speed of my rig, considering it has a 5850. The rest is the following:

Q6600 in an MSI P35
Win7 Home Premium x64
8800GT as PhysX card using the corresponding hack.

All drivers are up-to-date. Seriously, all of them, as well as BIOSes, firmwares, etc.

I'm getting 62 FPS average on Dirt 2's benchmark at 1680*1050 with everything on max.

Far Cry 2 Demo Ranch Long 70,53 FPS average on 1680*1050, all max.

I'm not saying I should get Core i7 performance but don't these seem low?

Thank you all in advance for your 2 cents.
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  1. Overclock that CPU a couple of notches and see how that affects it.
  2. Your CPU is bottlenecking. OC it some bit.
  3. My bad guys, the CPU is at 3.0 GHz (333.97*9 MHz) at the moment. I guess that was an important omission as it was the first thing I did. Framerates differ like 1-2% between 2.4 and 3.0 GHz. By the way, thank you both for the quick replies.
  4. Hello Shadow, I'm with you, I saw the same graph which is what raised the question. My system is showing 70,53 FPS where the graph shows 92 FPS for 5850@1680*1050. What gives? Is the Q6600 such a bottleneck?
  5. Here is the cpu setting for that benchmark above.

    "Intel Core i7-975 Extreme (Bloomfield) 3.33 GHz, 6.4 GT/s, 8 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings disabled
    Overclocked to 4 GHz (25 * 160 MHz)"

    That is much more CPU power than Q6600 @ 3.0
  6. OK rolli, thank you for your input too.

    If anyone out there has a similar config to mine with the same numbers then I will need to settle for that explanation.

    I guess I just didn't expect a Q6600 to be such a bottleneck, regardless of the fact that I know it can get its ass handed to it by the i7-975.

    Again, thank you both for your replies, I appreciate it.
  7. Let me just get down to my point: if you anyone out there knows for a fact (i.e. had a 5850 with a bottleneck from the Q6600) please chime in.

    Shadow and rolli, I do get your guys' point and reasoning and appreciate your input, and please let me know if you do know of similar cases.
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  9. Props and thanks to you rolli, even the i7-920 does seem to be somewhat bottlenecking in the benchmarkreviews charts.

    I know benchmarks using an i7-975 are done to make sure they're not bottlenecking the GPU, but man, the difference between an 975 and a"real-world" CPU almost make the benchmarks pointless from a buyer's point of view. Nobody's fault though, it just seems to be getting harder and harder to predict an upgrade's effect.
  10. Best answer selected by xiiifigs.
  11. I have a GTX 260 and I get 74 avg FPS with the exact same settings as the OP @ 3.8Ghz

    The OP has a huge CPU bottleneck.
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