|"whats happening is that my CPU isnt performing in the 90%+ on any cores, while the GPU itself is still uber-hungry for more, and i dont get it..."|
How do you know this? And why would you want your CPU to be maxed out? That's NOT was you should be hoping for.
"stock settings all around..."
Your CPU is highly overclockable, you have a board that can run at 1600MHz FSB (at least), & you have DDR2-800 RAM. If you want to get the most out of your system, you'll have to manually configure the BIOS settings. Right now, the CPU & RAM are out of sync & you're taking a performance hit. Here's what you need to do:
- if you haven't already done so, remove the jumpers from JB1 & JB2. They're just below the video card slot, to the right of the PCIe x1 slot.
- enter the BIOS, go to Cell Menu & try these settings:
- OC Booster = disabled
- DOT Control = disabled
- Intel EIST = disabled
- Intel C-State = disabled
- Adjust CPU FSB = 400MHz
- Adjust CPU Ratio = 7.5
- FSB/DRAM Ratio = 1:1.0
- Spread Spectrum = disabled
This will increase the CPU clock to 3.0GHz @ 1600MHz FSB with the RAM running in sync at 800MHz.