Core and memory speeds are down on the list of important features for video cards at this point. More important are the number of stream processors, the kind of memory (GDDR3 vs GDDR5, etc), the memory interface (64-bit, 128-bit, 256-bit), etc.Originally Posted by luck2828
Speedfan has an option for charting. Simply go to the Chart tab and check the box for your CPU temperature. Play for a while and then check the chart to see what temp you've spiked up to.Originally Posted by luck2828
To quote yourself, "I mean these chips are 7 years old now, when they came out gaming was great on them.".Originally Posted by luck2828
I don't know if your chip has SpeedStep or any type of thermal protection. I don't know if the old Xeons have MMX, SSE, or any other kind of on-chip multimedia instruction. If not, that would explain poor performance.
I'm researching Xeon chips a bit more. It looks like the oldest Xeon dual core (at least that I could find) is from 2005. It was the Paxville core (7000 series Xeon). They had no L3 cache and were an LGA771/Socket 604 chip. The 7100 series added an L3 cache and were Socket 604 chips. They came out in 2006. The 5000 series also came out in 2006, but had no L3 cache. All of the above chips had a 667MHz FSB (top end 7000 chips were 800MHz).
After that were the 3000 series (Conroe), 3100 series (Wolfdale), 5100 series (Woodcrest), 5300 series (Clovertown)... and it keeps going. Basically, it'd help to know what series chip you have to get an idea of its capabilities.