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· From Love and Limerence
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Speed hacks on or off? CPU clock speed default or overclocked (2.4GHz won't net you full speed, at least not without speed hacks)? Have you tried lowering the internal drawing resolution?
 

· From Love and Limerence
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If using native resolution doesn't help much, then the CPU is the bottleneck.

It doesn't matter if it's a quad core CPU. Since PCSX2 only takes advantage of two cores, it may as well be a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo as far as PCSX2 is concerned, and that is just barely nudging in at full speed there (and that's probably with speed hacks). PCSX2 may very likely support quad cores in the (maybe somewhat soon) future, but the gains probably won't be too big. It'll be limited quad core support, since the two extra things they're branching out won't gain much from what I've been reading.

For now, if you ensured you're running the latest drivers for your GPU for the reasons I mentioned, you really have two choices.

Overclock the CPU. Considering your motherboard and RAM at your disposal, I'm kind of surprised you're running it stock at a paltry 2.4GHz.

Use speed hacks. From my (limited) understanding of the way the Playstation 2 works, it's the EE you want to speed up for the biggest impacts, so set that to a 1.5x or 2.0x cycle rate. Note that speed hacks come with a "breaks the normal operation of things and may cause side effects like glitches, freezes, errors, and so on" disclaimer.
 

· From Love and Limerence
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~3.0GHz for a Core 2, without speedhacks, was the recommended minimum once upon a time, with the "more is better" approach being the next step.

Also, it was only using ~50% for the reason I stated, it was only using two cores. Two cores of four is 50%.

While we're on that subject, note something. Don't trust Windows task manager. Windows has a tendency to shuffle threads around, even if it's virtually only running on one (for example, a single core game I run usually takes ~70% of one core, and ~30% of another). That's Windows trying to be efficient, which it is, but it's also misleading for real usage.

As for the CPU, I'm not well versed on the Q6600, but ~3.3GHz seems to be the "average" from what I remember. Your mileage may vary. Some lucky ones get 3.6GHz (maybe even more with very good cooling and pushing it), and some, especially with the most recent G0 stepping (not the older, better, G0 stepping) get less and have trouble past ~3.1GHz-3.2GHz, again, maybe even less.

That motherboard has the 965 chipset, right? That chipset is supposed to usually overclock to the moon (granted, you have the CPU and RAM for it), at least from what I've read.
 
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