Today we are going to visit an old topic that we seem to have gone over and over again with this latest generation of graphics cards. However today we plan to do things a little differently, at least a little different to how we have done them in the past. Previously these CPU scaling articles have exclusively featured high-end graphics cards such as the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX. However, while today’s article will still include the GeForce 8800 GTX, we have also included the 8800 GTS (320MB) and 8600 GTS graphics cards to compare the gaming performance when paired with a range of AMD and Intel processors.
The GeForce 8600 GTS and other graphics cards offering similar performance do not require a processor with much more guts than a Sempron 3600+ or Celeron 440. This was evident in all four games tested, particularly Company of Heroes. Today we still believe it is important to carefully pick the right graphics card and processor combination as it will make for a better all round gaming experience. We still believe graphics cards such as the GeForce 8600 GTS are best paired with E4300 and X2 4000+ processors or anything slower.