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Is my CPU holding my GPU back?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 28, 2007 2:07:24 PM

So I got a 8800GT awhile ago. I have mixed feelings on it right now, it runs some games better and some games not nearly aswell as I thought it would (Oblivion mostly). So someone suggested I do a 3dmark06 test and my score was 9420.

My other specs are:

AMD 64 X2 5200
3 gigs DDR2
M2NPV-VM Motherboard

Someone suggested that its my CPU holding back my score but I am not so sure. I know it's not top of the line but I wouldn't have pegged it as my weakest link right now.

Is it possible that the motherboard could be holding my card back? It's by no means a gaming board, not even SLI'able.

Any feedback is appreciated, thanks.

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November 28, 2007 2:15:07 PM

Hmm, that's a little odd. I have an Old GTS and less powerful CPU, but I get a little over 10k on my 3dmark. (Specs in sig - not using SLI either even though I have an SLI board :p )
a b U Graphics card
November 28, 2007 2:20:10 PM

In the prey demo (THG's) it shows 20+% using a 5200 vs a C2D at 3gigs. Itll bring out more with a better chip, but less and less as the res goes up. What res are you gaming at?
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November 28, 2007 7:30:34 PM

1280x1024. I haven't played any graphic hogs like Crysis yet that has higher res options.
November 28, 2007 8:04:23 PM

Tbh, if nothing is overclocked, that score is very accurate. Look around for more scores with your specs w/o cpu overclocking. You'l find they are very simular.
November 28, 2007 8:31:32 PM

Yeah what blacken said. If that cpu isn't overclocked, it's probably bottlenecking the vidcard.
a b U Graphics card
November 28, 2007 8:55:43 PM

that score is about on par for what your systems is...yes your getting a bit of bottle neck but when the 8800gtx's came out even the best cpu bottle necked them a year ago and the gt scores very similarly so i wouldn't worry to much.
November 28, 2007 9:43:47 PM

Its bottlenecking but it'll be small on most real games, so dw about it.
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2013 11:45:00 AM

completely possible