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Will an AMD Athlon X2 6400+ Bottleneck a GTX 260?

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March 30, 2009 4:11:46 AM

I just purchased an evga GTX 260 off of newegg and I was just wondering, I have an AMD Athlon X2 6400+ (specs seen here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
Will it bottleneck the card at all? If it will, I also have a phenom 9600 I can use but I have a feeling that would be even worse. If it's going to bottleneck it would going with a Phenom II 940 be a good investment?
March 30, 2009 4:26:45 AM

No...the 6400 wont bottleneck the 260...You may only feel a slight slow down in processor intensive games such as the GTA IV(Actually all the processors have tough time with that game)
And yes...you are right about the phenom 9600...

Wait for sometime...Don'T go for the 940 now...AMD will be launching the P II 955 stocked at 3.2GHz in April or May...Till that you will be fine with the 6400...then upgrade to that...
March 30, 2009 4:21:54 PM

delti90 said:
I just purchased an evga GTX 260 off of newegg and I was just wondering, I have an AMD Athlon X2 6400+ (specs seen here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
Will it bottleneck the card at all? If it will, I also have a phenom 9600 I can use but I have a feeling that would be even worse. If it's going to bottleneck it would going with a Phenom II 940 be a good investment?



What kind of mobo do you have?

You can get a good combo deal from Newegg on Phenom II 940
You'll be amazed from the performance difference when you upgrade to X4 940
I have it OCed to 3.515.GHZ on regular air cooling with stock voltage and I love it.

Just look at som e performance benchmarks on the web from 6400 to x4 940 and you'll see the difference.

Waiting for the P II 955 stocked at 3.2GHz doesnt make sense unless they lower the prices on the X4 940, since X4 940 is a great Overclocker and will easily give you more than stock 3GHz clock.

Cheers
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March 30, 2009 4:44:39 PM

Euphoria_MK said:
What kind of mobo do you have?

You can get a good combo deal from Newegg on Phenom II 940
You'll be amazed from the performance difference when you upgrade to X4 940
I have it OCed to 3.515.GHZ on regular air cooling with stock voltage and I love it.

Just look at som e performance benchmarks on the web from 6400 to x4 940 and you'll see the difference.

Waiting for the P II 955 stocked at 3.2GHz doesnt make sense unless they lower the prices on the X4 940, since X4 940 is a great Overclocker and will easily give you more than stock 3GHz clock.

Cheers


I have an Asus M2N SLI Deluxe , I don't think Asus makes it anymore and I would like to upgrade but I don't have enough money at the moment. I'll probably go for the Crosshair II when I decide to get one of the Phenoms. But all of the Phenoms seemed to be great with overclocking so that makes me think that the 955 would be a good overclocker as well.
March 30, 2009 4:52:03 PM

Then just save up some money and switch up to the new Phenom II CPUs when you can, they use less power they support more instructions than the old Phenoms, and they run much cooler.

I got an awesome CPU /Mobo combo deal from Newegg. You should keep an eye on that website. Sometimes they have really good deals that are worth considering.

Cheers
March 30, 2009 5:07:50 PM

Euphoria_MK said:
Then just save up some money and switch up to the new Phenom II CPUs when you can, they use less power they support more instructions than the old Phenoms, and they run much cooler.

I got an awesome CPU /Mobo combo deal from Newegg. You should keep an eye on that website. Sometimes they have really good deals that are worth considering.

Cheers

Oh don't worry, I swear by Newegg. So you don't think my current cpu will bottleneck the card at all? Thanks for the input though.
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March 30, 2009 5:15:50 PM

Depends on the games you play. You may have to turn down some of the CPU intensive settings in some of your games though. It's just going to depend on the game. You can probably get a bit more out of your CPU by overclocking it to 3.4-3.5, assuming you have a cooler to deal with the heat of course. Yeah the 9600 would be a bit slower than your 6400 in most games, of course it just depends on the game.
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