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Will a Q6600 limit the performance of a GTX 560?

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September 27, 2013 4:29:50 AM

The CPU isn't overclocked, stock 2.4 GHz. I can't overclock it because the motherboard i'm using in that build is the nForce 680i SE, which seems to have problems overclocking quads. I'm getting a GTX 560 from EVGA as an RMA. It's the superclocked edition, non-Ti. Will the stock Core 2 Quad limit the performance in this build? Or would the GPU actually be slower? Specs below:

- Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
- 4 GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM
- EVGA nForce 680i SLI SE
- EVGA GTX 560 SC 2 GB

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September 27, 2013 4:38:45 AM

Halddir said:
The CPU isn't overclocked, stock 2.4 GHz. I can't overclock it because the motherboard i'm using in that build is the nForce 680i SE, which seems to have problems overclocking quads. I'm getting a GTX 560 from EVGA as an RMA. It's the superclocked edition, non-Ti. Will the stock Core 2 Quad limit the performance in this build? Or would the GPU actually be slower? Specs below:

- Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
- 4 GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM
- EVGA nForce 680i SLI SE
- EVGA GTX 560 SC 2 GB


I had the exact same setup as you but instead of a GTX560 I had a GTX570. The Q6600 was limiting my GTX570 but I already had a noteworthy upgrade from my GTX275.
So yes it will be limited but don't worry you will see performance.

PS: By changing the Q6600 @2,4Ghz / 4GB DDR2 800Mhz / GTX570 to a i7 4770K @3,9Ghz / 16GB DDR3 2133 / GTX570 the difference I had at 720p (which benefits a lot from CPU) based 3dmark11 was like 30%:
Benchmark i7 4770K @3,9Ghz VS Q6600 @2,4Ghz
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