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Q6600 With 480GTX

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May 22, 2010 2:54:14 AM

Hi all

I just got a 480GTX and install to my computer. but finding out the speed isn't working as fast as i though it would be. and after asking EVGA with 5 e-mail. they come up with this.

"It seems your system is bottle necking with the DDR2 memory and the older CPU you are using (even if it is overclocked). If you compare your score with other users that have similar setups they are getting similar scores. "

my spec are

CPU Q6600 oc 3.2Ghz
Memory 8Gb DDR 2 ram running at 900Mhz
Motherboard 780i EVGA
Video Card 480GTX EVGA
PSU 750W
OS Windows 7 64bit


Now my question is.
-is it true that my computer is bottle necking?
-would it help if i OC some more on the RAM?
-do i need to get a i7 to not bottle neck? (it seem i7 have a lower clk speed)

-What other program can i use beside 3dMark06 and 3dMarkVantage to see how fast my video card score.

Thankyou all for helping

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May 22, 2010 3:24:49 AM

get your processor speed up
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a b Î Nvidia
May 22, 2010 3:25:19 AM

The Q6600 is old, but at 3.2GHz I doubt it would bottleneck a single GeForce GTX 480. Did you make sure to remove all the drivers of your previous card before installing this one in?
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May 22, 2010 11:39:56 AM

Yup, i doubt your OC'ed Q6600 is bottlenecking the card, i know this proc is old, but it's still strong enough...

Make sure you get rid all of the remaining of the previous card using Driver Sweeper before installing the new card...
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May 22, 2010 6:14:02 PM

sorry for the late reply

Alright I just did a full reinstall of Windows 7 and install the driver for the video card.
after running 3dMark Score i got a score of 15448 with 8AA. Still need to run fps test on BFBC2 and other games to see if that help any at all.

Josh
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May 23, 2010 2:02:43 AM

With Battlefield Bad Company 2 i get the in game fps of 39-60ish
it is playable but i though it would do batter then that.

doesn't anyone else have any idea?

Josh
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May 23, 2010 2:09:23 AM

1 more question

I got this from EVGA


>Josh
>Answered By Matthew H (05/22/2010 11:47:20 AM): Joshua,
>
>Its a combination of the CPU and DDR2 RAM along with bus speeds associated >with the 2. You are also going to be limited by the capability of your motherboard >and the components that are compatible with it. If you compare you scores to >other users with similar setups you will see your scores are very similar to theirs.
>
>Regards,
>EVGA Technical Support. "

so is it true that I need a i7 and a new motherboard and DDR3 Ram to run 1 x 480 GTX with out bottle necking???

Josh
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a b Î Nvidia
May 23, 2010 2:54:15 AM

You said before:
"I just got a 480GTX and install to my computer. but finding out the speed isn't working as fast as i though it would be."

How did you know that? :) 

Q6600 at 3.2 GHz is good, if there's any chances your CPU bottlenecking the GTX 480, it should be not much...
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May 24, 2010 1:57:26 PM

even though q6600 is good its not so good as to run the card at full capacity
1.if u want to unleash the beast the only way is to get DDR3 Ram(sorry its painful but truth) and core i7
2.use win7 x64 version ultimate for optimum speed(sine q6600 is x64 bit)
3.try overclocking your gpu using rivatuner.
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May 24, 2010 3:07:59 PM

This link is from TH's recent "Building a Balanced Gaming PC"- they didn't use a GTX 480 but they did use a HD 5870 and HD 5890. They're getting the same performance from an E8400 (OC'd to 4.4GHz) and a Q9550 (OC'd to 3.7 GHz) as an OC'd Core i7 920. They used DDR-2 RAM at 988 on the E8400 so RAM really shouldn't be bottlenecking either.

These systems are running with the CPUs at noticeably faster OC's than yours but it's probably not going to be any kind of night and day performance difference if you OC closer to 4GHz or run a core i7 processor.
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a b Î Nvidia
May 24, 2010 3:40:47 PM

gonf said:
1 more question

I got this from EVGA


>Josh
>Answered By Matthew H (05/22/2010 11:47:20 AM): Joshua,
>
>Its a combination of the CPU and DDR2 RAM along with bus speeds associated >with the 2. You are also going to be limited by the capability of your motherboard >and the components that are compatible with it. If you compare you scores to >other users with similar setups you will see your scores are very similar to theirs.
>
>Regards,
>EVGA Technical Support. "

so is it true that I need a i7 and a new motherboard and DDR3 Ram to run 1 x 480 GTX with out bottle necking???

Josh

I think Evga is correct, but you 'don't need a i7', your conclusion, it just explains the differences between your rig and optimal numbers from halo systems.
Also this game is performing uncharacteristic like on Fermi right now, the trend of the delta between it and the 5870 is not there in most reviews. Drivers,combination of settings, dx11.?
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May 27, 2010 5:08:54 AM

Thank you all for helping
so to conclude I'll stop putting anymore stuff to my computer and wait until i play a game that lag and just get a New computer.

Thax all

Josh
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May 27, 2010 2:58:03 PM

Your problem is probably with BFBC2. For some reason BFBC2 runs really well on the i7s with the new 400 series. While in most games your CPU is NOT a bottleneck, for reading a lot of forums posts lately it seems that it IS a bottleneck when it comes to BFBC2.
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Anonymous
June 26, 2010 4:19:31 AM

what was your vantage score? Mine was 18193 at stock... You know current engines are pretty bad... Metro 2033 comes to mind, Bad com 2 runs good though... We have a p4 min card, you of course will not have the stats of a i7. I set up cod4 mw2 at max and it seems to run good.

Q6600@2.4gz
4gigs Corsiar ddr2
gigabyte board idk remeber the model
msi gtx 480 at stock
corsair xt750
antech 900(POS)
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April 12, 2012 11:02:19 PM

i have a Q6600 Core 2 Quad And A GTX 480 And I Have ZERO! Bottleneck All You Have To Do Is Bump Up The Clock Speeds Of The Cpu To 3.0GHZ And Bump Up The FSB to 1333mhz And You Will See No Bottle Necks Whats So Ever!! :sol:  Im A Experienced Computer Technician And Am Currently Working On My Last Certification
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July 13, 2013 7:19:44 AM

Yes a Q6600 will bottleneck a 480, in some cases by quite a bit. Those of you saying otherwise must be speculating. I have both and the highest gpu usage I have achieved was 70 and that was a spike. Usually 50-60. This is with a q6600 at 3.6. Frustrating due to the fact that at 1920x1080 at max settings and AA I get the same FPS I do at lower settings.
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July 13, 2013 7:46:13 AM

My old Q6600 @ stock 2.4Ghz bottlenecked my GTX-260 back in the day. I clocked it up to 3.0 ghz which fixed it but then again your 480 is alot more powerful
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July 18, 2013 1:57:16 AM

Yea I'm stuck waiting on a board to come back from gigabyte, apparently the q6600--->920 change is drastic. I sure hope so because having wow bring my 480gtx to its knees doesn't feel very good. I can't squeeze another single MHz out of it, Atleast not with any stability. It's a high vid chip (1.325) but it is watercooled. 3.5 @ 438 fsb. I've ran 400x9 but it takes literally another .125v for 100mhz. Nah. Either way the 480 is usually taxed from 30-60 that's 90% of the time. If that's not a bottleneck then I don't wanna know what one is :p 

I know it's a bit dated now but I wanted to get first hand info out there for ppl still using a 775 chip and considering a more recent card. Don't do it. My 480 gives the same fps at stock as it does at 900/2200, a couple frame increase over the 8800gtx i replaced with it. Bought the replacement mobo and chip but naturally when it got here it was bad. (Shoulda known better when he asked me to pay as a gift) so now I'm waiting for gigabyte to give me a price and ship it back. (Coulda bought a new board and already been up and running with what it's costing me now, <3 buying online!)
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