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1 BFG GTX260 bottlenecked by Intel E7200?

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August 5, 2008 9:14:22 PM

Hi, I'm currently planning to purchase a GTX260 graphics card from BFG and I'm wondering if this card will be bottlenecked by my E7200 Intel Processor. I have it overclocked at 2.8 Ghz when gaming. Does anyone have any idea about the performance gains that I will get? Would I need to get E8500 to get the full power of this graphics card? thanks for your time!
August 5, 2008 9:33:19 PM

see my sig. I have my E7200 at 3.8G, 400fsb on air. It never gets over 55c and it is at 1.32v. Mine has been stable for 12 weeks.

If you have a good cooler, push the e7200 over 3.2/3.6G. Any cooler will handle it to 3G.

If all your gonna be doing is gaming then a dual core is fine for now and the e7200 can easily hit 3.6,3.8, etc. I hit 4G, but i bumped it down to 400fsb to get my RAM to 1:1 ratio.

I run 2 3870's and it doesnt bottleneck. Granted a GTX260 is probably better, but still, i think your good.

Edit: that is all based on a good mobo and bios OCing. If your using a soft OC, i would stay at a lower OC due to voltages. I still dont think your bottlenecked.
August 5, 2008 9:37:00 PM

i HIGHLY doubt that you will bottleneck your video card...and if it will, not by much, and its something that can be fixed by taking your cpu to about 3.2 ghz
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August 5, 2008 9:40:22 PM

what size monitor/resolution, and what games?
August 5, 2008 9:51:18 PM

i would say any proc over 3.2ghz [modern chips] shouldn't be much of a bottleneck to gpu's...or a bottleneck at all
August 5, 2008 9:57:55 PM

@ MrManO1: currently I'm looking at TF2 (I know it's not very GPU intensive) but I'm not very satisified with the Frames I get during super intensive situations on my 8800GT. I have all Reflections on , 1280 x 1024 res (17" native res) all settings on high, 8xCSAA, 4xAA and it seems like I can get stable 80-90 Fps and at sticky moments I get around 58 - 65. I wish for more power though. I want to have it up to at least 75 fps when I'm in sticky moments because in some situations it slows down quite a bit :( 

I have Asus P5Q mobo which supports hardware OC but for some reason I can't get it past 3.0 Ghz =/ I'm also a noob in Overclocking so maybe that's the reason. I set my Ram to run at 1066 mhz to start off with and push up from there is that the main problem? I've tried boosting the voltages but it doesn't seem to help. Maybe I should test setting ram memory to run at 800mhz and push FSB from there. From what I know I'm supposed to have a lot of headroom with my ram supporting up to 1200mhz DDR2 and it's OCZ reaper Ram too.

@ 50bmg: I have Cool Master HyperTX2 CPU cooler. I have it software overclocked via Asus AI Booster to 2.8 when I game (it goes out of stability if I push it anymore). I can do a hardware OC to 3ghz at the moment.. I'll try to see if I can push it a bit harder though it may be hard. But I lose the ability to turn off OC when I don't need it and that's what I'm struggling with =( Any tips on that?
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August 5, 2008 10:12:33 PM

I would say IMPOSSIBLE. There is no way I could see an e7200 bottlenecking any one card.
August 5, 2008 11:28:33 PM

Can't the human eye see no difference over 60fps or something like that, imo you don't need it
August 10, 2008 5:15:50 AM

blackwidow_rsa said:
Can't the human eye see no difference over 60fps or something like that, imo you don't need it


well true but for 8800GT, the FPS on TF2 when settings are set to 8x CSAA and 4x AA, fps for minimum can drop to as low as 40 fps even though the average floats around 80 - 90. I want those minimum fps to run at ~70 while AA and CSAA is turned on :ange: 
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