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August 18, 2006 7:10:24 PM

Alrightly peepz, i'm kind of confused about bottlenecks. How they lower the performance of a specific component inside your pc. I.E lowers the potential of the component. So right now i have a AMD Atlhon 3500+ Venice s939 paired up with a x800xl 256, i dont think its bottlenecking at all. But i 'm planning to upgrade to a E6300. Will my E6300 get bottlenecked by my x800xl? Or is it going to bring the full potential of the x800xl. How does this bottlenecking thing work anyway? If you have a GPU thats greater then a CPU then the cpu is going to be bottlenecked? How about vice versa? I know this is all kind of confusing, but i just don't understand how these things work. I'll appreciate if someone can explain this 2 me.

Thanks :) 

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August 18, 2006 7:23:03 PM

Come join the thread just down the page. If it goes anywhere your question should be answered:

bottlenecks_6300

Seems unlikely your "bottlenecked" by much with the x800xl. You might notice a small FPS increase in some games. I wouldn't expect miracles.
August 18, 2006 7:26:56 PM

Bottlenecking explained in one sentence:

Your computer is only as fast as its slowest part.

Eg. Don't expect any notable increase in game performance if you upgrade your CPU but not your GPU.
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August 18, 2006 7:28:22 PM

If my opinion, I would not say that you are bottlenecked by your current CPU or GPU at all. Now, if you get the E6300, I believe your X1800Xl will definitely bottleneck that CPU.
August 18, 2006 7:37:14 PM

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preferably you should always play at gpu bottlenecked settings IMO. just my opinon of course but if you are cpu bottlenecked you are playing a game wrong.


If you are not bottlenecked by your GPU while gaming, you've got a seriously messed up configuration.

With an optimum GPU set up, the performance difference between an e6300 and x6800 would be negligible.

Of course, this typically applies to gaming only.
August 18, 2006 7:42:45 PM

"
Bottlenecking explained in one sentence:

Your computer is only as fast as its slowest part.
"

The corollary to this is that you'll never upgrade out of a bottleneck, there will always be a slowest part somewhere, it just changes shape and places.

Thus, the question is a matter of wide of bottleneck are you willing to pay for with how many dollars.
August 18, 2006 7:54:37 PM

The 3500+ to E6300 is not an upgrade for single threaded apps, I doubt you will see hardly any increase in performance for games with just that change…..
August 18, 2006 8:01:50 PM

for single threaded apps (aka 95% of all current games) it is NOT much of an upgrade, you are going from 2.2GHz 3 IPC CPU to a 1.86 GHz 4 IPC CPU, I make that a 12% speed upgrade, not exactly "one hell of an upgrade"
August 18, 2006 8:25:38 PM

Time to amaze you then......

Using farcry to demonstrate performance between the 3500+ and the E6300

I had to do 2 steps as I can't find a direct comparsin atm but...

The E6300 is 13.8% faster than the X2 4200+ (FACT!)
http://www.behardware.com/articles/623-15/intel-core-2-...

The 3500+ is 1.5% faster than the X2 4200+ (FACT!)
http://tomshardware.co.uk/cpu/charts.html?modelx=33&mod...

Thus the E6300 is 11.2% faster than the 3500+ (FACT!) in farcry at least...

Not a bad estimate of 12% by me was it!!!!! :) 
August 18, 2006 9:51:25 PM

O.O.................. well i plan to get a e6300 liek i said before. But i'm also going to overclock it to speeds of core 2 extreme or somewhat.. x6800. My mobo selection is quite the obvious for oc'ing, the P5W DH DELUXE. My ram selection is tight budget so just 2x512mb of corsair xms DDR2 @ 667 mhz. Well if i oc' my cpu will that even bottleneck my gpu even more?....
August 18, 2006 10:10:44 PM

If your goal is better gaming performance, keeping the x800 card and upgrading the cpu is backwards.
Buy a better videocard first. Then think later about Conroe.
August 18, 2006 10:14:56 PM

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If your goal is better gaming performance, keeping the x800 card and upgrading the cpu is backwards.
Buy a better videocard first. Then think later about Conroe.


qfe
August 18, 2006 10:18:55 PM

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O.O.................. well i plan to get a e6300 liek i said before. But i'm also going to overclock it to speeds of core 2 extreme or somewhat.. x6800. My mobo selection is quite the obvious for oc'ing, the P5W DH DELUXE. My ram selection is tight budget so just 2x512mb of corsair xms DDR2 @ 667 mhz. Well if i oc' my cpu will that even bottleneck my gpu even more?....


Having the fastest CPU in the world will never make your GPU slower, bottlenecking does not work like that, it's more like your system will post exactly the same fps with either CPU if the GPU is the bottleneck...