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October 4, 2013 3:06:14 PM

Will FX-6350 bottleneck HD 7950?

I heard it would bottleneck it "a little"... So I dont know if should do something... I herd i can overclock it to avoid bottlenecking it... I also heard I should raise Game GRaphic Settings to the Max... But what happens if i woudl like to play an old game like GTA San Andreas from 2004? which is a bit poor in graphics... Will i still get awesome fps on it? and what about the Newest games like BattleField 4? Could I run that with nice FPS?

What does Bottlenecking a GPU mean? that the GPU wont use its MAX power? it will only be a bit slower? will teh cpu or the gpu get damaged in any way because of bottleneck?

And if you gusy reccomend me to overclock my CPU or GPU at what Speed should i set them around?(Ill search up guides etc...)

Thanks a lot, Really appreciated!
-Maxive

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October 4, 2013 3:21:15 PM

shadow32 said:
Yes overclocking will help.
And if you want to learn what bottle necking is, watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgpvWc4VBM

In short: GPU is too fast for the CPU to keep up.


Ye i know that... What i wanted to know is... The fact that I guess tehres going to be a little bottleneck... will it damage any of my hardware? or I will just not get the max performance out of my gpu?(like instead of 60 fps maybe 55 fps)

Cause right now I cant really afford to get a better CPU and I would like a GPU that I coudl mayeb keep using in teh future with another cpu and motherboard for future upgrades...

So I was thinking aybe getting this boss GPU HD 7950 and using right now with this FX 6350 to get a nice gaming experience and in the fyuture maybe do a motherboard & CPU upgrade that can support this gpu and the future GPUs better... Get what I mean? cause there isnt much difference bettwen 7850/7870/7950 and with 7950 I get 3 Free Gold Tier Games from the Never Settle Forever Bundle...

So yeah thats my idea... will the any hardware get damage from teh bottleneck? or its just the GPU will not get as many fps as it could with a better cpu?

Thanks a lot!
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October 4, 2013 3:28:51 PM

No it won't damage any hardware.

It just slows your GPU down slightly, like you said "instead of 60 fps maybe 55 fps"

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October 4, 2013 3:34:57 PM

shadow32 said:
No it won't damage any hardware.

It just slows your GPU down slightly, like you said "instead of 60 fps maybe 55 fps"


It won't really bottleneck. If you play GTA SA, you will get tons of FPS. Full specs?
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October 4, 2013 3:38:20 PM

No, bottlenecking will not damage anything.
And by the way, a system can never be perfectly balanced.
There is always going to be a component holding you back.
And it's always going to be a different thing.

For example, when burning a CD, the only thing holding you back from achieving faster writes is your CD Drive, so therefore there is a bottleneck there.
The term bottleneck is way overused.
It's nothing to be afraid of.

And also, your CPU is more than fast enough for the HD 7950.

http://anandtech.com/show/7189/choosing-a-gaming-cpu-se...
Your CPU is almost on par with the FX 8350 in terms of gaming performance.
It's way ahead of the FX 8150.
Look at the benches for a single GTX 580.
Your card is about as fast as a GTX 580.
You will not get exactly the same performance as someone with a Core i7, but you'll never notice the difference.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/piledriver-k10-cpu-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-wolfdale...

Here you can see how your CPU measures up to the Core i5 3570K.
Again, not a huge difference.
Aside from Starcraft (old game) and Skyrim (poorly optimised) the FX 6350 holds up pretty nicely.
Also, since you've got a HD 7950 which is noticably slower, the performance gains from upgrading to a faster CPU will also be smaller.
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October 4, 2013 3:41:21 PM

Kamen_BG said:
No, bottlenecking will not damage anything.
And by the way, a system can never be perfectly balanced.
There is always going to be a component holding you back.
And it's always going to be a different thing.

For example, when burning a CD, the only thing holding you back from achieving faster writes is your CD Drive, so therefore there is a bottleneck there.
The term bottleneck is way overused.
It's nothing to be afraid of.

And also, your CPU is more than fast enough for the HD 7950.

http://anandtech.com/show/7189/choosing-a-gaming-cpu-se...
Your CPU is almost on par with the FX 8350 in terms of gaming performance.
It's way ahead of the FX 8150.
Look at the benches for a single GTX 580.
Your card is about as fast as a GTX 580.
You will not get exactly the same performance as someone with a Core i7, but you'll never notice the difference.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/piledriver-k10-cpu-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-wolfdale...

Here you can see how your CPU measures up to the Core i5 3570K.
Again, not a huge difference.
Aside from Starcraft (old game) and Skyrim (poorly optimised) the FX 6350 holds up pretty nicely.
Also, since you've got a HD 7950 which is noticably slower, the performance gains from upgrading to a faster CPU will also be smaller.


Noticeably slower from what? Should I get a 7950 or a 7870 or a 7850??
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October 4, 2013 3:42:53 PM

The Q6660 Inside said:
shadow32 said:
No it won't damage any hardware.

It just slows your GPU down slightly, like you said "instead of 60 fps maybe 55 fps"


It won't really bottleneck. If you play GTA SA, you will get tons of FPS. Full specs?

CPU: FX-6350
GPU: Sapphire HD 7950 3GB
Motherboard: M5A97 R2.0
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series 8Gb(2x4Gb) 1866 Mhz
Optical Drive: cheapest one
Hdd: Western Digital 1Tb Blue
PSU: XFX Core Edition 850 Watts
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus
Case fans: 1x120mm 2x120mm Blue LED 2x80mm
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October 4, 2013 3:44:55 PM

Maxive said:
The Q6660 Inside said:
shadow32 said:
No it won't damage any hardware.

It just slows your GPU down slightly, like you said "instead of 60 fps maybe 55 fps"


It won't really bottleneck. If you play GTA SA, you will get tons of FPS. Full specs?

CPU: FX-6350
GPU: Sapphire HD 7950 3GB
Motherboard: M5A97 R2.0
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series 8Gb(2x4Gb) 1866 Mhz
Optical Drive: cheapest one
Hdd: Western Digital 1Tb Blue
PSU: XFX Core Edition 850 Watts
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus
Case fans: 1x120mm 2x120mm Blue LED 2x80mm


No worries whatsoever, you are fine.
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