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
8 GB RAM
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?
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.
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?
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.