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Which is the bottleneck: e5300 or HD4770

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May 19, 2010 5:49:54 PM

Hi, I was wondering which of these components is bottlenecking my system with regards to gameplay. My e5300 is overclocked to 3.2ghz. I have been playing the SC2 beta maxed and get some framerate stuttering during intensive fights. I know the beta is probably not totally optimized as of yet and I can see some improvement when the game is fully released, however it got me wondering.

I plan on playing diablo 3 and SC2 in the future. I think that my 4770 is the bottleneck. I know its not an overly powerful card.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
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May 19, 2010 7:35:48 PM

bottleneck will vary from game to game.

SC2 is looking like it like processor speed as well as GPU so it could be either.
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May 20, 2010 12:17:42 AM

I am playing at 1080p. I appreciate the article. It seems as if my CPU is the bottleneck in SC2.

Overall, which is the weaker component?
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May 20, 2010 3:10:50 AM

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The CPU would be weaker, but the 4770 with only 512 would not be able to handle even 4*AA at 1900*1200.


the 4 AA was not an in-game option but rather turned on through Nvidia/ATI control panels so don't put too much into those figures
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May 20, 2010 3:17:16 AM

godsentdeath said:
I am playing at 1080p. I appreciate the article. It seems as if my CPU is the bottleneck in SC2.

Overall, which is the weaker component?


i would actually go with the video card being the weaker of the two, check out Tom's building a balanced rig article. They use an OC E6300 CPU as part of the test.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-...

that being said, the 4770 is still a solid card, SC2 Beta seems to prefer Nvidia and ATI will mostly likely release new drivers to help balance out that advantage.
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