for example, a buddy of mine (mentioned in another thread) has a 1.2 athlon on a 100fsb with 512mb pc133 and a retail 8500 radeon. we messed with his system and managed to get 6500points in 3dmark01. my system, witha 8500le@250/250, 512m ddr333 and a 2000+axp gets like 8600points (i dont keep it overclocked always.. runs too hot). we both run xp pro
thast quite a difference, and while i can run "holy sheet" settings@1024x768 in UT2003 @ 50fps he cant. he has to reduce graphics quality to meduim to get a playable framerate. note that his video card is faster than mine
Mmm, for some time now there has been great emphasis on the gfx card as the processing center for games, but we must not forget what goes behind the scenes. Real time physics, AI, partly the graphics, and other things (plus overhead) the cpu must deal with are nothing to scoff at. As games become more complex, we'll need faster cpu's too, not just new gfx cards. A 1.2Ghz is going to be outdated soon (if not already).
Hmm, I'm in a poetic mood tonight, must be from analyzing poetry all day long for an essay.
I'm talking about most of the games, better video card helps more than faster CPU.
I haven't played UT2003, but I don't understand- if the CPU is limiting factor, then why a game can be playable with reduced details instead of max details? <A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030120/vgacharts-..." target="_new"> In Tom's VGA chart, Athlon 1 GHz + PC133 + R9500 Pro was able to deliver more than playable fps in max details</A>
There are different kinds of lag in games, and they aren't all video lag. As other posters have mentioned, the computer AI and physics engine for modern games can hog a lot of CPU resources and slow down a game. Play BF1942 sometime and turn up the AI to highest. The resulting slideshow you'll see won't have anything to do with the graphics card. So I would say the CPU is probably hampering the overall experience...not so much that it can't feed the 9600 PRO, but that it can't feed the 9600 PRO and perform it's other tasks efficiently at the same time.
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