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GTX 970@1.5Ghz and 2500k vs Q9550 in 70+ benchmarks (+bonus i7-860)

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Hello my friends.

It has been quite a while since I got my GTX 970 and since I had some spare hardware laying around, I thought that it would be interesting to test how it performs paired with various cpus. Well for me certainly it is. :D

So what I did, is benchmark this card in many games (custom gameplays and built in benchmarks), demos and stand alone benchmarks so we can see what to expect with different configurations.

To tell you the truth, the initial goal was to create a benchmark database, with a highly clocked i5-2500k and a GTX 970 @1.5Ghz. I wanted to have benchmark results without cpu limits, so I can compare them against future cards I get.

Under this scope, you must understand that this test is based primarily on a suite that was supposed to do GPU benchmarking, but since I was at it, the thought occur to see how older cpus would perform with real life gaming settings. Also consider this test, a tribute to older cpus, with which we had a lot of fun.

Of course since I decided to go on and test my other cpus, the benchmark suite deviated somewhat, that's why you will see framerate capped games in this suite, since after a point I wanted to see how the cpus would fair.

All in all then, it is a mixed test, with focus on the gpu but has the very important goal to inform people owning cpus with a varying degree of performance, what kind of gpu could their system handle and what to expect from it.

The good thing is that having this database ready, I can benchmark new graphics cards against the 970, only redoing benchmarks that are greatly affected by newer game versions or drivers. I could test similarly powered AMD graphics cards versus the 970, my 7950 CFX vs the 970 or I could just test AMD cards in cpu limited games to see how the AMD driver fairs. The possibilities are endless. But these are stories for another time. I still have this one to finish, lol.

To that goal, many game engines have been benchmarked, implemented on even more, very well or less known games.

Cry Engine, Frostbite, Dunia, Unreal, Anvil, Unigine, Asura, IW6, Hammer, Chrome, EGO, you name it, all have been benchmarked!

The test suite contains 70+ benchmark tests (dunno how many exactly but I guess they are more than 70 :p), that have produced 108 benchmark results.

My rigs are the following:


The 2500k system

Case: Coolermaster HAF 932
Mobo: Asrock P67 Extreme 6
RAM : 2X8GB TEAMGROUP Vulcan DDR3-2400 PC3 19200 CL 11-13-13-35
CPU : Intel Core i5-2500k @4.8Ghz
CPU cooler : Noctua NH D14
GPU : Gigabyte G1 GTX 970 @1.5Ghz
PSU : Coolermaster Silent Pro 1000W


The i7-860 system

Case: Thermaltake Armor
Mobo: MSI Big Bang Trinergy
RAM : 2X4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-2000 PC3 16000 CL 9-11-9-29 1.60v
CPU : Intel Core i7-860 @4ghz
CPU cooler : Noctua NH U12P SE2
GPU : Gigabyte G1 GTX 970 @1.5Ghz
PSU : Enermax Galaxy 850W

The Q9550 system

Case: Coolermaster Elite 430 black
Mobo: Asus P5Q Deluxe
RAM : 4X2GB OCZ PC2-8000 Platinum DDR2 CL 5-5-5-18 2.10v
CPU : Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 E0 @4ghz
CPU cooler : Thermalright Ultra 120
GPU : Gigabyte G1 GTX 970 @1.5GHz
PSU : Nexus Silent Modular 850W PSU (RX-8500)

For all the tests, same settings and same game versions have been used. There is only one discrepancy in Far Cry 4, where I have used 1.8.0 for the Q9550 benchmark, 1.7.0 for the 2500k and 1.9.0 for the 860.

According to the 1.8.0 changelog, this patch contains no performance changes, so we are OK.
http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/far-cry-4-pc-patch-1-8.html
and afaik 1.9.0 only added the Valley of the Yeti DLC.

Now the semi ugly part comes to the driver versions used, because due to the sheer size of this benchmark suite, plus my Youtube uploads that took too long (will explain later), the benchmark suite has spanned four driver releases. 347.25, 347.52, 347.74 and 347.88. 350.12 has been used for all systems in GTA V, so that doesn't count.

The ugly part comes to the fact that I was using the new driver as I went, so the older drivers are used on the 2500k for which I did the benchmarks first, then newer drivers for the Q9550, then went back to add some benchmarks to the 2500k and now I am still doing the 860 benchmarks which will have the newer 350.12 drivers for half its benchmarks.

Just to come clean, I provide the release highlights, so you know what changed and how it affects this benchmark suite.
347.52 http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/81877/en-us only Alien Isolation, Dragon Age Inquisition and Grid Autosport are affected with low percentage performance increases
347.71 http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/geforce-347-71-driver-download.html no performance changes
347.88 http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/geforce-347-88-whql-driver-download.html Battlefield Hardline driver and some new SLI profiles, irrelevant with the validity of this test
350.12 http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/83819/en-us GTA V driver, which has been used for all GTA V tests in this suite anyway

So all in all, as you can see, we are OK. The performance improvements of 347.52 have gone to waste anyway, since the Q9550 was very cpu limited in these games. Maybe these improvements will help the 860 a bit, but we will see that in an update.

Now finally the time has come for the good part. The results!

I will provide the results in various ways. First there will be a text based vbulleting table, then some screenies from my excel file that contains the sum up in alphabetical order, sorted screenies by highest performance difference and of course graphs. Lots of them.

For now only the i5-2500k vs Q9550 results will be published, but I am halfway through for the i7-860. On the 860 I will only test the most cpu limited games/benchmarks.

Lets go and see them one by one.

First are the text based vbulleting results.

What is so special about these results, is that each score is a hyperlink which leads to my Youtube channel and shows how this benchmark result came to be. If you want to check it out that is (warning for spicy wallpapers being used). As you can understand, we are talking serious data uploading here, patiently done with 1mbit upload speed. Especially considering that I upload huge 20mbit files :S

All videos are recorded and uploaded raw at 1080p/60fps. I use an external recorder (Elgato HD 60) so what you will see in all videos is pure performance. I spend a lot of time in every video, showing the system and settings. You may want to skip that. At the end of each video, I show the graphs from Task Manager and MSI Afterburner, with framerate, frametimes, cpu usage, etc.

In some videos you will hear something that resembles coil whine. It is not. In my infinite wisdom I had passed my microphone cable underneath the case of one of my systems, right under the PSU. So every electrical disturbance the sytem created, the microphone captured it. My 970 is dead silent.


The quality/versus column, apart from giving you a basic info of the settings I used (every detail is recorded in the respective video links), also contains hyperlinks that will take you to youtube doubler, where you can see side by side comparisons of the runs.

The difference of the hyperlinks in the columns, is that the ones with the numeric framerate results, lead to the video from the beginning, but the "versus" one takes you to the part where the benchmark started.

In videos that contain more than one result of the table (3dmark, AMD Demos, Lost Planet 2, Mafia, Call of Pripyat, Hitman Absolution, Just Cause 2, Rome II, UE4 demos) , the hyperlink of the result will take you to the beginning of the video, but the versus hyperlink will take you to the part that each respective benchmark starts.

For the side by side hyperlinks, you can use ctrl+mouse wheel up to enlarge the windows, use pause to resync the videos when they go out of sync etc. Ok I have followed the exact same path in my custom gameplay benchmarks, but I am only human guys. :)

Hoping this isn't too confusing, here is the vbulletin text based table with the benchmarks.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|Game./.Benchmark ......................|.Quality.|..Gigabyte.G1.GTX.970@1.5GHz....|
|#######################################|#########|CORE.i5-2500k@4.8GHz|.Q9550@4GHz|
|#######################################|#VERSUS##|################################|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.API.Feature.test.(SP)...........|...DX11..|....2073693...|....1186114......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.API.Feature.test.(MT)...........|...DX11..|....2648000...|....1261697......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Fire.Strike.(GPU)...............|..normal.|......12830...|......13183......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Fire.Strike.Extreme(GPU)........|.extreme.|.......5909...|.......6106......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Fire.Strike.Ultra..(GPU)........|..ultra..|.......2896...|.......2899......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Fire.Strike.Extreme(CPU)........|.default.|.......8698...|.......6745......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Ice.Storm.Extreme(GPU)..........|.extreme.|.....290704...|.....184832......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Ice.Storm.Extreme(CPU)..........|.extreme.|......69902...|......51286......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Cloud.Gate.(GPU)................|.default.|......87082...|......64280......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Cloud.Gate.(CPU)................|.default.|.......6288...|.......4570......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Sky.Diver.(GPU).................|.default.|......43680...|......42923......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.Sky.Diver.(CPU).................|.default.|.......8706...|.......5694......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.11.Extreme.(GPU)................|.extreme.|.......5371...|.......5372......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|3dmark.11.Extreme.(CPU)................|.extreme.|.......8683...|.......4984......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|A.New.Dawn.Tech.Demo...................|.default.|.....43,756...|.....43,281......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Alan.Wake..............................|..high+..|....114,185...|.....92,224......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Alien.Isolation........................|..ultra..|....170,931...|....155,795......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Aliens.vs.Predator.....................|..maxed..|.....95,500...|.....93,800......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|AMD.Demo.HK.2207.......................|.default.|....105,440...|.....98,707......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|AMD.Demo.Ladybug.......................|.default.|.....69,525...|.....69,218......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|AMD.Demo.Leo...........................|.default.|.....65,471...|.....59,451......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Apollo.11.tech.demo....................|.default.|.....28,326...|.....27,952......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Assassin's.Creed.Black.Flag............|.v.high..|.....62,327...|.....54,032......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Assassin's.Creed.Rogue.................|..maxed..|.....62,462...|.....60,481......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Assassin's.Creed.Unity.................|.ultra(-)|.....70,064...|.....49,074......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Assetto.Corsa..........................|..maxed..|.....65,396...|.....66,254......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Batman.Arkham.Origins..................|.maxed(-)|.....89,000...|.....83,000......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Battlefield..3.........................|..maxed..|....120,386...|....112,487......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Battlefield..4.........................|.ultra(-)|....131,588...|.....77,273......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Bioshock.Infinite......................|..ultra..|....165,985...|....117,589......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Bulletstorm............................|..maxed..|....108,386...|....102,210......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Duty.Advanced.Warfare..........|.v.high..|....139,139...|.....81,284......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Duty.Ghosts.................|Ultra+2xMSAA|....124,167...|....114,704......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Duty.Black.Ops.II..............|..maxed..|....197,703...|....181,410......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Juarez.........................|high+4xAA|....203,300...|....172,100......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Pripyat.(Day)..................|..maxed..|....117,000...|....105,000......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Pripyat.(Night)................|..maxed..|....122,000...|....105,000......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Pripyat.(Rain).................|..maxed..|....132,000...|....115,000......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Call.Of.Pripyat.(Sunshafts)............|..maxed..|.....87,000...|.....83,000......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Crysis.3...............................|.v.high..|.....70,317...|.....66,431......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Crysis.................................|vhigh4xAA|.....88,280...|.....57,520......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Crysis.Warhead.........................|vhigh4xAA|.....87,340...|.....60,050......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Dawn.Of.War.II.........................|..maxed..|....106,980...|.....63,900......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Dead.Rising.3..........................|..high+..|.....74,522...|.....60,602......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Diablo.3...............................|..maxed..|....194,550...|.....95,790......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Dirt.Showdown..........................|ultra4xaa|....125,480...|.....95,310......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Dragon.Age.Inquisition.................|.ultra(-)|.....70,399...|.....47,888......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Dying.Light............................|..v.high.|.....69,979...|.....38,700......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Evolve.................................|vhighsmaa|.....75,960...|.....73,907......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|F1.2014................................|..maxed..|....128,000...|.....77,000......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Far.Cry.4..............................|..ultra..|.....89,196...|.....62,490......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Gothic.4...............................|..maxed..|.....80,081...|.....58,597......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Grand.Theft.Auto.IV....................|..maxed..|.....53,783...|.....32,521......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Grand.Theft.Auto.V.....................|.v.high..|.....96,758...|.....81,619......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Grey.Goo...............................|..maxed..|.....66,278...|.....35,473......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Grid.Autosport......................|Ultra+4xMSAA|....138,950...|.....69,680......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Hard.Reset.............................|..ultra..|....133,000...|.....85,300......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Hitman.Absolution...................|Ultra+4xMSAA|.....67,743...|.....57,674......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Hitman.Absolution...................|Ultra+noMSAA|.....95,567...|.....58,518......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Homefront..............................|..maxed..|....136,757...|....124,240......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Just.Cause.2.(The.Dark.Tower)..........|.maxed(-)|....129,820...|....115,270......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Just.Cause.2.(Desert.Sunrise)..........|.maxed(-)|....148,920...|....129,260......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Just.Cause.2.(Concrete.Jungle).........|.maxed(-)|....103,220...|.....70,370......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Lichdom.Battlemage.....................|.v.high..|.....84,109...|.....81,713......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Lost.Planet.2.(test.A).................|..maxed..|....144,300...|....124,600......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Lost.Planet.2.(test.B).................|..maxed..|.....92,800...|.....66,700......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Mafia.2.(no.physx).....................|..maxed..|....129,600...|....120,800......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Mafia.2.(high.physx)...................|..maxed..|.....73,500...|.....37,500......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Max.Payne.3............................|..maxed..|.....64,199...|.....62,918......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Medusa.tech.demo.......................|...4xAA..|....197,087...|....141,223......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Metro.Last.Light.Redux.................|.v.high..|.....93,100...|.....67,570......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Monster.Hunter.Online..................|...4xAA..|......13358...|......12710......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Next.Car.Game..........................|..maxed..|.....97,097...|.....65,953......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Pneuma.Breath.of.Life..................|..maxed..|....104,504...|.....56,366......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Prince.of.Persia.Forgotten.Sands.......|..maxed..|....253,316...|....184,152......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Project.Cars...........................|.maxed(-)|.....61,567...|.....34,032......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Red.Faction.Armageddon.................|..maxed..|.....97,907...|.....69,613......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Resident.Evil.6........................|..maxed..|......18043...|......11740......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Risen.3................................|..maxed..|....138,077...|....121,566......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Ryse.Son.of.Rome.......................|...high..|.....68,959...|.....39,579......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Saint's.Row.Gat.Out.Of.Hell............|..maxed..|....104,804...|.....85,616......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Serious.Sam.3..........................|..maxed..|....134,712...|....119,952......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Shadow.of.Mordor.......................|..ultra..|.....83,327...|.....62,431......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Shadow.Warrior.........................|..maxed..|.....75,772...|.....72,296......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Skyrim.(modded)........................|..maxed..|....130,127...|.....85,141......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Sleeping.Dogs.........................|extreme(-)|....130,100...|....104,634......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Sniper.Elite.3.........................|..ultra..|....153,860...|....151,148......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Starcraft.II...........................|..maxed..|.....83,913...|.....50,284......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Stone.Giant............................|.default.|....200,741...|....188,547......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Supersonic.Sled.Demo...................|..16xAA..|....133,399...|.....98,942......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Tessmark.0.3.0.........................|.insane8x|....160,000...|....159,000......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|The.Evil.Within........................|..maxed..|.....59,976...|.....57,017......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|The.Talos.Principle....................|..ultra..|....107,800...|....101,400......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Thief..................................|.v.high..|.....81,800...|.....46,300......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Thief..................................|.^noSSAA.|....106,400...|.....46,500......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Tomb.Raider............................|.ultimate|.....94,890...|.....93,730......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Total.War.Rome.II......................|.extreme.|.....72,100...|.....53,500......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Total.War.Rome.II......................|..maxed..|.....63,100...|.....48,700......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Trine.II...............................|..maxed..|.....87,311...|.....87,349......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Unigine.Heaven.4.......................|c.extreme|.....59,900...|.....58,900......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Unigine.Valley.........................|extremeHD|.....62,800...|.....59,800......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Unreal.Engine.4.Elemental.Demo.........|.default.|....108,021...|.....80,268......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Unreal.Engine.4.Mountains.&.Landscapes.|.default.|....152,934...|....134,364......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Unreal.Engine.4.Matinee.Demo...........|.default.|.....65,998...|.....40,964......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|WatchDogs..............................|..ultra..|.....65,220...|.....30,373......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Witcher.2..............................|.c.ultra.|....117,954...|.....96,627......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Woolfe.The.Red.Hood.Diaries............|..maxed..|....151,611...|....124,612......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Zombie.Army.Trilogy....................|..maxed..|....168,398...|....146,968......|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|



Of course results without the difference in percentage and a total average, are useless, so here they are.

These are screenies from my excel file converted to PDF, for which I will also provide download links, so you can delete what benchmarks you don't want and build a result that suits you.

They also contain driver info used for each bench as well as a general description of the settings.








And here are the first 40 most cpu limited benchmarks, with their own average. The i7-860 tests will be based on these.





Here are the download links for the excel and pdf files for your convenience.

-Top 40 Benchmark results sorted by delta
-Benchmark results alphabetical PDF
-Benchmark results alphabetical Excel

And last but not least, graphs! Lots of them!

These need no explanation. :)



































So this is the conclusion of this benchmark suite my friends.

I hope it will be of value for some of you.

Will be back to add the i7-860 tests, for which I am very sorry that they are not ready yet, but I've been constructing this test for a long time and I wanted to see it take some form finally.


Needless to say that any constructive criticism, ideas, benchmarks that you would like added, are more than welcome.

Take care
 
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Congrats to the TPU admins that have not put any silly limits in the forums.

You know things like 10000 characters per post, 10 pictures per post, etc
 
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Might want to work on your layout, otherwise nobody will read it. Too much text, not clearly laid out.
 
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Thumbnails, use them.
Most people will skim and only read or look at what they think is relevant.
When there's a wall of text or a gazillion pics I don't bother.
 

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Should have included some stock speed results. Or at least ran the 2500k at the same speed as the Q9550 to show off the difference in architecture. The results seem a little unfair or at least unbalanced. Everyone knows that a 4.8ghz 2500k will eat whatever game or benchmark you throw at it for breakfast. There is just no contest. Its obvious the 2500k is gonna cream the Q9550 hands down.
 

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Might want to work on your layout, otherwise nobody will read it. Too much text, not clearly laid out.
Yea, I agree he should use spoiler tags. :toast: We also, have table tags as well. Of course the table one can get a little confusing if you don't code often. I'm impressed with the @9550 overclock. :toast:
 

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Yea, I agree he should use spoiler tags. :toast: We also, have table tags as well. Of course the table one can get a little confusing if you don't code often. I'm impressed with the @9550 overclock. :toast:
i was 100mhz shy of 4Ghz back when i had my Q9550 :( I swear i could have gotten 4Ghz but i didnt want to up the voltage anymore.
 

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You obviously put alot of work into this...:respect:. Thanks for sharing these results of so much of your free time! This will be useful for people still sporting old upper-tier C2Q cpu's, both in terms of knowing the current usefulness and in terms of how much an improvement could be gained by switching platforms/cpu.

I do however agree that the presentation will put alot of people off, and could be redesigned and either thumbnailed or spoiler-tagged. Finally, the real test, as @FreedomEclipse pointed out was either not done or not recorded. Both running at their stock speed would have been very useful. Based on my own experiences, I suspect the difference between the two in benchmarks would have been further apart.

Overall, Great Job!!
 

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i was 100mhz shy of 4Ghz back when i had my Q9550 :( I swear i could have gotten 4Ghz but i didnt want to up the voltage anymore.
Yea, I was only able to get mine to 3.8ghz with v1.4 under an H50 cooler. That chip loved voltage..lol It's still running, but at stock. It was like night and day moving from it to a 2600k for gaming.
 

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Yea, I was only able to get mine to 3.8ghz with v1.4 under an H50 cooler. That chip loved voltage..lol It's still running, but at stock. It was like night and day moving from it to a 2600k for gaming.

what stepping were you running? I was running a E0. i think the C1 only managed to get around 3.6Ghz tops.

I think i have some of my old 3Dmark scores with 4870s or 5850s but i'll dig them up when i get back home from work
 

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what stepping were you running? I was running a E0. i think the C1 only managed to get around 3.6Ghz tops
I had an E0. I lapped the processor as well check it out. I had around 8 pc's in that room crunching 24/7 and in the summer it would hit 80 degrees easy in that room. So, I had to back off a little.
 

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i would give you a medal for all this work!!! impressive big THX. i always like old vs new comparisons :) until i upgrade everything :D

edit 1: was thinking to upgrade my pc....all i need to do is replace e8400 to q9550 and
8800 to 960-970 and im good :) lol almost all games 60+ on max...damn im happy playing the game on 40 fps.
btw almost same MB (Asus p5q pro) didn't think they are so powerful.

edit2: it would be really interesting to see 4ghz results of 2500k too. would give so much info.
 
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My Q9550 was rock solid for years @4,0ghz... unfortunately, after a BIOS update i gave it the maximum Voltage the board allowed to by accident.
Since the incident it's stable to 3,6ghz with reasonable voltage. Today it's on duty in a friends PC. Still fast enough for nearly everything except gaming with DDR2 memory holding it back.
 
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i would give you a medal for all this work!!! impressive big THX. i always like old vs new comparisons :) until i upgrade everything :D

edit 1: was thinking to upgrade my pc....all i need to do is replace e8400 to q9550 and
8800 to 960-970 and im good :) lol almost all games 60+ on max...damn im happy playing the game on 40 fps.
btw almost same MB (Asus p5q pro) didn't think they are so powerful.

edit2: it would be really interesting to see 4ghz results of 2500k too. would give so much info.
I wouldn't recommend the upgrade since the architecture is too old with its DDR2 Memory. Save a few bucks and go for an i5 Setup with DDR3 for gaming instead. - or leave it like it is :)
 

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was thinking to upgrade my pc....all i need to do is replace e8400 to q9550 and
8800 to 960-970 and im good :) lol almost all games 60+ on max...damn im happy playing the game on 40 fps.
btw almost same MB (Asus p5q pro) didn't think they are so powerful.
I wouldn't advise it. I can tell you from current experience that DDR2 is the weak point. Both from a speed standpoint as well as a size standpoint. Although alot of end-model P45 chipsets had 16GB of RAM capable, in practicality, the trial and error of instability is too hard for most people to get working properly if you overclock, which is of course a necessity with those old processors.

What you're left with is 8GB of slow DDR2. And Dragon Age:Inquisition loaded up will bring most systems to 7GB of usage, as an example. We're at the point I believe, that the mantra of "8GB is enough for gaming" will soon pass.
 
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That's a great comparison you've compiled here! Looking forward to seeing the i7 860 @ 4GHz results, too.
 
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Nice job mate!

Though I agree with some others here, that I ve would have found it more usefull running all CPUs at the same speed.

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The Q9550 E0 was a really good CPU for its time. With a good motherboard (EP45-UD3 R or P or DFI Lanparty) and some decent memory it could run 4 GHz 24/7. My sample did 4 GHz with 1.28V, sadly my motherbord wasnt able to run an FSB of 480 MHz or more stable. Though I did manage a short prime run with 4.2 GHz (1.37V) - with 4x 2GB RAM!


Does anyone know if its possible to find old cpu-z validations when the email (link) is missing?
 

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Really impressive work.

I'm looking forward to the I7 860 benchmarks. I own an I7 860 and I'm wondering if it's worth upgrading in comparison to the 2500k.

But, right now the I7 860 does everything I use my computer for very well. I combine it with an SSD, 16 GB DDR3 memory and a GTX 660.
 
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this is the one benchmark and test that i really needs.

exccept i have a slower GPU, and a low slower CPU,
i want to see, how much difference in gaming C2Q and a newer i5 is.

if the difference is less than 30% in pretty much all the suite, im getting the C2Q, from my C2D

edit :
just seen the graphs (damn office connection sucks)
so for the most part, an i5 2500k @ 4.8 is 60% faster than Q9550 @ 4GHz
all the games that really matters with CPU is newer AAA titled games.

based on this, i think im keeping my motherboard and getting a Q9550 instead, rather than buying a new X58 board, PSU and RAM just to change to an X5675

thank you so much for all the benchmarks, and testing, this is really helpful
 
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Thank you guys for your feedback and your constructive criticism.

Well I did have a lot to say, so the wall of text could not be avoided. Also I don't see what wrong with the format.
It has paragraphs, the text is as clear as my non English nativity allows, the graphics are understandable.

As for the spoilers, yeah that could help. Thumbnails though? Not really.

In any case, your opinions are dully noted for the next big test. If I find the time maybe I'll try some reformatting here, if time allows.
 
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very good work , waiting for i7 860 results.
 
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They are ready my friend. Just waiting my freagin uploads to finish.

The 860 did much better of course.

Also I had to upload some in between benchmarks from games that came out and the whole process has been delayed.

At this point I wonder if I should better wait for Witcher 3 to come out, to include it as well.

thanks
 
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There is just no contest. Its obvious the 2500k is gonna cream the Q9550 hands down.
These comparisons are obviously not for contest ... I see it as a good indicator of how demanding each game is for the CPU generally. What this research unfortunately can't show is that many games can be light on the CPU 90% of the time and in 10% of the time with some of the action filled sequences game gets more CPU heavy.
 

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These comparisons are obviously not for contest ... I see it as a good indicator of how demanding each game is for the CPU generally. What this research unfortunately can't show is that many games can be light on the CPU 90% of the time and in 10% of the time with some of the action filled sequences game gets more CPU heavy.
It would ve a vettwr comparison if both cpus were running at the same clock speed regardless of cpu usage
 
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