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Does the i7-860 bottleneck the R9 270x?

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January 4, 2014 8:35:31 PM

Is my i7-860 @ 2.80GHz holding back my MSI R9 270x 2GB?
I've been playing Battlefield 4 and I've noticed lower FPS than what I've seen in some YouTube videos that show off the GPU. I'm wondering if my CPU is holding back my GPU. Could I slightly overclock my CPU to pick up the pace?

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a c 325 à CPUs
January 4, 2014 8:58:20 PM

It is a bit. An upgrade would help you a lot.

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January 4, 2014 9:00:35 PM
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If you are comfortable overclocking/installing a custom cooler such as the Hyper 212+ you should be able to get your CPU up to around 3.8-4.0GHz on air.

I currently have an i5 750 @ 3.85GHz which is the non-hyperthreaded version of that CPU. Combined with a 7870XT overclocked to 1150MHz and get 70-80 fps (high detail at 1900x1080 2xAA). The 270x will not be as fast as the 7870XT but should come close.

The i7 860 is still a very potent CPU that once overclocked will compete with a 3/4-series non-overclocked entry level i5 CPU.
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January 4, 2014 9:06:51 PM

haro87 said:
If you are comfortable overclocking/installing a custom cooler such as the Hyper 212+ you should be able to get your CPU up to around 3.8-4.0GHz on air.

I currently have an i5 750 @ 3.85GHz which is the non-hyperthreaded version of that CPU. Combined with a 7870XT overclocked to 1150MHz and get 70-80 fps (high detail at 1900x1080 2xAA). The 270x will not be as fast as the 7870XT but should come close.

The i7 860 is still a very potent CPU that once overclocked will compete with a 3/4-series non-overclocked entry level i5 CPU.


My CPU is 3 years old now.. Is it still okay to overclock it, even though I've had it for a few years now?
a c 325 à CPUs
January 4, 2014 9:08:15 PM

Yeah, it'll work. An upgrade would be worthwhile.
January 4, 2014 9:19:02 PM

Extreme overclocking will burn out a chip especially without appropiate cooling. This series CPU's is rated to 1.4V as long as u dont exceed that you won't do much damage. I've had mine for 5 years and only overclocked 1 year ago when games started demanding it. At this stage Haswell-E will be my next upgrade when HEX-core CPU's will be in the $300 bracket.

Let me put it this way a Hyper 212+ is 35 dollars compared to a new system that will be 1 grand plus. You might be able to get another 2 years out of the system without an upgrade.
a c 325 à CPUs
January 4, 2014 9:22:07 PM

His system is fine, it's his CPU. He can get a new CPU and motherboard for $300, overclock that, and have a much, much better computer with more lasting power. Sure overclocking will delay the need for an upgrade, but it's still kinda a bottleneck, just not as much.
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