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Will an i5 4670k bottleneck a Gigabyte r9 290 or Sapphire Tri-X r9 290?

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January 13, 2014 7:11:05 PM

Hey!

I'm finalizing my list of parts for my PC build and I'm wondering if an i5 4670k CPU will bottleneck either of these two versions of the r9 290 cards?
(still deciding on which out of the two to get)

Cheers! :D 

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January 13, 2014 7:21:34 PM

No.
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January 13, 2014 7:27:14 PM

No. My vote would go to Sapphire. You could even crossfire two 290s on a 4670k.
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January 13, 2014 7:42:10 PM

No, it doesn't get better than the 3570K or 4670K - especially if you overclock them. You could do a 3930/3960 but probably won't notice any improvement at all....
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January 13, 2014 7:45:58 PM

aevm said:
Here's an example:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i5-46...

The i5-4670K got pretty much the same results as the more expensive i7-4770k in a bunch of games...


I like that article but would be cooler if they showed the overclocked gaming performance for the mix.
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January 13, 2014 8:48:45 PM

Awesome thanks guys!
I should've come here for answers in the past for other things haha. Quick responses :D 
Cheers!

Oh and I think I'm alsoo leaning more towards the Sapphire too, only thing is the Gigabyte comes with Battlefield 4.
Decisions..
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January 13, 2014 9:17:31 PM

EJR9 said:
Awesome thanks guys!
I should've come here for answers in the past for other things haha. Quick responses :D 
Cheers!

Oh and I think I'm alsoo leaning more towards the Sapphire too, only thing is the Gigabyte comes with Battlefield 4.
Decisions..


I'm sure it will be a good PC either way. Only thing I would mention is if you considering buying a second card later, currently nvidia is way better.

If you are a single GPU guy like I am the 290 is a great pick.
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January 13, 2014 9:24:55 PM

I'm on an overclocked i7 920, and also running an R9 290. No bottle-necking that I can see here at about 3.7-3.8Ghz. I ran the 3dmark benchmark and squeaked past a 4770k and GTX Titan Rig for performance. Granted, that's not the case for every game, and that is more a GPU test than a CPU test (if it were a CPU test, the 4770K would for sure win by a decent margin), but I think it's safe to say pretty much anything i7 is not a bottleneck for any single card, and I would wager it wouldn't be for dual cards either.
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January 13, 2014 9:26:19 PM

Adroid said:
EJR9 said:
Awesome thanks guys!
I should've come here for answers in the past for other things haha. Quick responses :D 
Cheers!

Oh and I think I'm alsoo leaning more towards the Sapphire too, only thing is the Gigabyte comes with Battlefield 4.
Decisions..


I'm sure it will be a good PC either way. Only thing I would mention is if you considering buying a second card later, currently nvidia is way better.

If you are a single GPU guy like I am the 290 is a great pick.


With the Rx series, they have made a lot of changes as far as how Crossfire works. Frame pacing seems to fix most of the lag issues for newer cards especially, and not having to use bridges is nice as well. Crossfire is a lot better than it used to be, and if you can get a 290 for the retail price and not a large markup, it is a fantastic card for the price.
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