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Overall Performance and Price Comparison

GPU vs. CPU Upgrade: Extensive Tests
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The overall results serve as a means of orientation and there is no weighting between benchmarks. The frame rates are simply added together; as a result, games with high fps results may balance out weaker resolutions.

Overall performance GPU-CPU fps
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 2830.7
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 2823.3
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 2772.3
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 2746.1
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E6750@2.67 2731.2
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E6750@2.67 2723.8
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 2685.1
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 2640.8
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 2632.8
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 2623.6
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E6750@2.67 2620.6
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 2526.9
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) Q6600@3.2 2393.7
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E2160@2.41 2371.8
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) X6800EE@2.94 2363.4
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E2160@2.41 2346.4
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E6750@2.67 2336.9
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) Q6600@2.4 2262.6
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E2160@2.41 2225.6
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E2160@2.41 2039.0
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E2160@1.8 1975.0
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E2160@1.8 1944.0
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E2160@1.8 1910.2
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E2160@1.8 1753.0
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 1112.7
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E6750@2.67 1110.2
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 1106.3
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 1098.4
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E2160@2.41 1073.0
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E2160@1.8 1000.3
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E6750@2.67 463.2
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) X6800EE@2.94 462.2
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E2160@2.41 456.6
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E2160@1.8 453.7
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) Q6600@3.2 445.1
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) Q6600@2.4 439.0

The upgrade table shows the performance increase when changing from one combination to another. The individual benchmark results have been converted to percentages, but there is no weighting for extremely high fps rates.

Here is how to read the table: the vertical combinations in the column on the left are the starting points "from", while the upper combinations of graphics cards and CPUs are the upgrade "to". Where the two lines meet, you will find the value that represents the performance gained or lost, in percent.

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The loss of performance can be at most -99.9%; otherwise the frame rate would be 0. The performance gain can be well over 100%, if for example, a frame rate rises from 1 to 10 or from 40 to 100 fps.

For between $464 and $541 (300 and 350 Euros), you can purchase a very fast combination of CPU and graphics card. Since the Q6600 at 3200 MHz is less than suitable for the boxed cooler, the price comparison has been calculated using a G0 stepping and Xigmatek HDT-S1283 costing $46 (30 Euros).

Price comparison of GPU and CPU GPU Euro CPU Euro GPU+CPU Euro
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 253 802 1055
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 229 802 1031
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 210 802 1012
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) X6800EE@2.94 189 802 991
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) X6800EE@2.94 183 802 985
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 156 802 958
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 253 198 451
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 253 174 427
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 229 198 427
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 210 198 408
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 229 174 403
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) Q6600@3.2 189 198 387
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E6750@2.67 253 132 385
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 210 174 384
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) Q6600@3.2 183 198 381
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) Q6600@2.4 189 174 363
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E6750@2.67 229 132 361
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) Q6600@2.4 183 174 357
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 156 198 354
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E6750@2.67 210 132 342
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 156 174 330
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E6750@2.67 189 132 321
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E6750@2.67 183 132 315
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E2160@1.8 253 52 305
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E2160@2.41 253 52 305
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E6750@2.67 156 132 288
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E2160@1.8 229 52 281
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E2160@2.41 229 52 281
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E2160@1.8 210 52 262
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E2160@2.41 210 52 262
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E2160@1.8 189 52 241
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E2160@2.41 189 52 241
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E2160@1.8 183 52 235
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E2160@2.41 183 52 235
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E2160@1.8 156 52 208
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E2160@2.41 156 52 208

The E2160 and E6750 with the Geforce 8800 GT or 8800 GTS 512 is the best option, purely from a price point of view.

Price comparison GPU and CPU Euros per frame
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) X6800EE@2.94 2.144
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 0.948
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) Q6600@3.2 0.869
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) Q6600@2.4 0.827
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E6750@2.67 0.693
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E2160@1.8 0.531
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) E2160@2.41 0.528
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) X6800EE@2.94 0.417
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 0.408
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 0.389
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 0.375
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 0.365
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) X6800EE@2.94 0.363
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E6750@2.67 0.347
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E2160@1.8 0.305
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) E2160@2.41 0.284
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) Q6600@3.2 0.159
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) Q6600@2.4 0.158
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 0.154
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 0.151
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 0.146
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 0.144
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E2160@1.8 0.142
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E6750@2.67 0.135
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E2160@1.8 0.135
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E2160@1.8 0.134
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E6750@2.67 0.133
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) Q6600@3.2 0.132
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) Q6600@2.4 0.131
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E6750@2.67 0.125
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) E2160@2.41 0.118
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) E2160@2.41 0.115
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) E2160@2.41 0.112
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E6750@2.67 0.110
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E2160@1.8 0.109
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) E2160@2.41 0.093

The extra cost for the Geforce 8800 GTS 512 is often acceptable, due to its better two-slot cooler. The Geforce 9600 GT with 512 MB is a better value for money, and very popular for those working with a budget of up to $186 (120 Euros).

Price comparison for graphics cards Euros per frame
Geforce 6800 GT (256 MB) 0.0695
Geforce 7950 GT (512 MB) 0.0389
Geforce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 0.0150
Geforce 9600 GT OC (1024 MB) 0.0139
Geforce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) 0.0138
Geforce 8800 GT OC (512 MB) 0.0107

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