[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Dec-30-01 AT 11:31PM (EDT)[/font][p]>if you already have a pretty
>fast intel processor, then upgrading
>to that thing probably won't
>give you an increase in
>frame rates. you need to
>determine whether your performance bottleneck
>is at the cpu or
>the graphics card. for games,
>usually the bottleneck resides in
>the graphics card.
Yep. Upgrading to a 2.2 won't make that much difference. Other problems are beginning to show up. PC800 RDRAM running at 400MHz, is only producing a bandwidth of 1.6GB/s, only 1.6 times the rate of PC133 SDRAM (1.066GB/s bandwidth.) So while a 2GHz processor is clocked 2.5 times faster than my 800MHz PIII, the system RAM is choking that somewhat by offering bus bandwidths 1.6 times my current machine. DDR SDRAM at 133MHz is better but still falls a bit short of the processor speed upgrade at just 2x. Got your AGP clock at 66MHz? Even if you've got AGP 4x set, you're only able to transfer 1.017GB/s. Until these types of issues are addressed, incremental increases in main CPU speed will bring only small increases in frame rates and probably won't bring value to the huge $$$ required for that extra clock speed.
Faster memory transfer, both to main memory and to the AGP port is what's really needed...at least as much as warp-speed CPU clocks.