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Using the GeForce 8800 GTX at both 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 shows almost no impact on performance when running the E4300 at 1.80GHz and then at 3.47GHz. At 1280x1024 just 3fps on average were gained, while this same performance gain was also seen at 1600x1200. Needless to say there was no difference between the E4300 and E6300 in this game.


Far Cry has always shown huge performance gains from systems with overclocked CPUs, and today’s test is no different. While the E4300 and E6300 were much slower at their standard frequencies of 1.80GHz and 1.86GHz, once overclocked they terrorized the E6700. Again the performance difference between these two processors was minimal.


The Quake 4 results were interesting as both processors were only slightly slower than the E6700 at their default operating frequencies. However, once overclocked they were only able to match the performance of the E6700 despite the fact that they were operating at much higher frequencies.


The last game tested was X3: Reunion and the results are similar to those recorded in Far Cry. While the E4300 and E6300 were much slower at their default frequencies, once overclocked they became much more exciting. In fact both processors made the standard E6700 look rather slow in comparison.