This is the second well-threaded game in a row where the numbers for the i3-540 seem low. The last game MOH also showed the same thing with the i3-540 no faster than the G6950 clock for clock. You have me convinced something is wrong with your i3-540 setup. Someone needs to bring up the Windows Task Manager (CTR+ALT+DEL) and click the performance Tab to check to make sure all 4 logical processors are functioning. My bet is hyperthreading is turned off and your I3-540 will only show 2 of the 4 logical cores active. In my last comments I stated that the i3/i5 dual cores can see a 50% boost in frame rates with HT, as HT does generally very well in well threaded games. The quad cores with HT (i7) don't seem show as large an increase because the 4 physical cores appear to take care of most of the load. A few examples of this i3 HT performance. RE5 i3-530 … 153.7 … … 65% faster G6950 … 93.0 Colin McRae : Dirt 2 I3-530 … 84.69 … 50.3% faster G6950 … 56.35 Source … http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/prozessoren/2010/test-intel-pentium-g6950-und-core-i3-530/23/#abschnitt_resident_evil_5 DAO (Dragon Age Origins) i3-530 … 95.0… 56% faster G6950 … 60.9 Source … http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/60 BF - BC2 multiplayer See … http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?p=11398817#post11398817 About half way down the page of the link is a graph of the i3-530 with HT off and on. The frame rate increase (an eyeball estimate) goes from an average of just under 40 to close to 60 -- about a 50% increase. Even more significant is that the minimum frame rate goes from dips into the low 20's (several times) to just one dip below 40 (mid-high 30's) -- a even greater boost than 50%. Your i3-540 just doesn't seem to be performing where I would expect to see it in multi-threaded games.