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Will my amd phenom 9850 bottleneck gaming?

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October 13, 2009 2:26:24 AM

I have an AMD phenom x4 9850. THey are clocked at 2.5 ghz. Will there be a noticable bottlenect when crossfiring 4890s or 5850s?
I didn't know where to ask this and people never answer me so i did ask under the Cpu category too.
a c 201 U Graphics card
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October 13, 2009 2:39:37 AM

What resolution will you be playing at? If you are playing at high resolution the graphics cards will be working hard enough they wont hit the bottleneck, if you are playing low resolution then yes they will be bottlenecked but as long as the bottleneck is over 60FPS is doesnt affect anything.
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October 13, 2009 2:43:22 AM

Overclock that CPU! XD. Should go to at least 3.0ghz. I have a 9950 which is the same but with 2.6ghz clock speed to 3.2. Do you have SB750?
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October 13, 2009 2:44:12 AM

I'm playing in 1080p. and I can't overclock too far because I don't have good cooling
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October 13, 2009 2:47:30 AM

I got to 3.0 on stock cooling. Whats room temp? And good air flow case? But anyways, what hunter said is correct. What i'm wondering is what you're gonna need two 5850s for XD. Why don't you buy one now and an aftermarket cooler?
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October 13, 2009 2:47:38 AM

Then you shouldnt hit a noticable bottleneck. The 9850 tops out at significantly higher than 60 for every game in the charts section here except GTA IV where it got 52.5 which is pretty damn good. You wont hit any effective bottlenecks with that processor.
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October 13, 2009 2:57:41 AM

terrible air flow case!!!
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October 13, 2009 2:58:39 AM

XD_dued said:
I got to 3.0 on stock cooling. Whats room temp? And good air flow case? But anyways, what hunter said is correct. What i'm wondering is what you're gonna need two 5850s for XD. Why don't you buy one now and an aftermarket cooler?

was that on stock voltage also?
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October 13, 2009 3:04:07 AM

Yea stock volts too.
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October 13, 2009 3:05:13 AM

Temps didn't go up much with overclocking on stock volts. You could try core temp and if you're below 60 load you're probably good to go (although under 55 would be more ideal)
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October 13, 2009 3:06:38 AM

XD_dued said:
Temps didn't go up much with overclocking on stock volts. You could try core temp and if you're below 60 load you're probably good to go (although under 55 would be more ideal)

i suppose i could try...
honestly I've never overclocked a CPU before
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October 13, 2009 3:06:48 AM

Also if you don't have a good motherboard, I might not risk overclocking. I had a cheap one break on me before...or maybe i just got a bad one
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October 13, 2009 3:07:20 AM

Theres lots of good guides, toms wrote one awhile back for overclocking phenoms
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October 13, 2009 3:11:20 AM

my motherboard is kind of old. it's an asus m2n68-vm. I'm getting a new one sometime soon though. and thanks for the link
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