I've been doing some benchmarks of my own with my Xeon X3350 (Q9450) at stock speed vs OC'ed in preparation for when i get my i7 setup completed so i have some good scores to compare it against, and honestly i was surprised when i seen some of my results. I thought i would share it with you guys to really show the value of a OC'ed CPU.
This is my setup: CPU: Xeon X3350 @ 2.66Ghz (stock) / 4.0Ghz (overclocked) Mobo: Gigabyte EP45-UD3R Ram: 4GB G.Skill PI Series DDR2 @ 1066 5-5-5-15 (2.66ghz cpu) / 1200 5-5-5-15 (4.0ghz cpu) Vid card: Sapphire 4870 1GB Toxic Edition @ 800/1020 OS / Drivers: Windows XP SP3 w/ Catalyst 10.1
I tested these games all at 1280x1024 with 0x AA/AF try to eliminate any GPU bottleneck and focus just on CPU power: Dragon Age Origins - High settings, Denerim Markets Need for Speed SHIFT - High settings, Dakota Tri-Oval 1 lap *Mass Effect 2 - Max settings (no film grain), Afterlife club X3 Terran Conflict 2.5 - Max settings, Terran Flight School Fallout 3 - Medium settings (no HDR), Springvale Far Cry 2 - High settings (no HDR or bloom), "Ranch Long" built-in benchmark
For the games without a built-in benchmark tool (as in all but Far Cry 2) i used FRAPS. *You have to disable the framerate lock in the config file to see higher than 62fps in ME2.
Here are my results, i even put them into a nice chart:
I don't think anybody can say overclocking your CPU is not worth it after that. Just look at some of those scores, just overclocking the CPU alone made a difference of 20fps in Dragon Age, and a massive 30fps difference in X3 and ME2! Far Cry 2 fared the worst, but that's still a 9fps increase in minimum framerates for free.
I plan to use these for comparison when i get my i7-860 rig going, so i will probably throw together a chart or two comparing it at stock speed and OC'ed with these scores. If there are any other games you would like too see i'll bench them, if i own them, that is :p
Nice chart :P
Just dont be expecting the i7 to do magic, I wont throw out my numbers I got, but its not much different to say the least.