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460 GTX bottlenecking

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October 7, 2010 4:08:20 AM

I have a 768 MB 460 GTX (mildly OCed) with an e8200 (dual core 2.7 GHz with 8x FSB multiplier), 2 GB DDR2 and a cheap G41 board (whose FSB wall combined with the low CPU multiplier prevents me from OCing the CPU more than about 100 MHz). I am running at 1440x900 (the native resolution of my monitor). I am running Windows XP.

To what extent am I being bottlenecked? Crysis and ARMA 2 run terribly (averaging about 25 FPS with medium settings) but I think this is mainly due to the CPU (and maybe the RAM to some extent).

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October 7, 2010 4:31:59 AM

Yeah, the issue is the processor. The GTX 460 is overkill for your resolution so the strain is going to be on the CPU and a dual core at 2.7ghz ain't that great these days. Have you considered replacing the motherboard if it is really that poor for overclocking? With a decent motherboard and cooler that processor should get up near 4ghz and that should cost you less than $100.
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October 7, 2010 4:42:21 AM

The GTX 460 is overkill for your resolution said:
The GTX 460 is overkill for your resolution


for crysis it's not.
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October 7, 2010 4:45:10 AM

Yeah, for Crysis or Metro it wouldn't overkill, but overall GTX460 is an overkill for 1440x900 resolution. Low resolution is more CPU demanding, so OC the cpu a little bit should help a lot...
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October 7, 2010 4:45:26 AM

wh3resmycar said:
for crysis it's not.
True, but he did say medium settings and it should handle that easily.
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October 7, 2010 5:53:11 AM

i believe what the op meant by that is that he's getting 25fps only albeit the medium detail settings professing dissatisfaction.

and i don't believe anybody who bought a gtx460 has a clear intention of playing a game and stick the detail settings to medium.
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October 7, 2010 6:05:39 AM

Try overclocking your processor. The E7x00 series overclocks great and you can hit near 4.0GHz with a good air cooler.

Another overclock could be your RAM - add 2GB more.
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October 7, 2010 7:02:08 AM

^ he already did.

i suggest that he should find the cheapest msi/gigabyte/asus/ p45 around, that should oc better than cheap g41 (i have a feeling that's an ecs, my e5200 on a ecs g31 can barely hit a 100mhz oc as well)
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October 7, 2010 2:05:29 PM

wh3resmycar said:
for crysis it's not.


Don't forget Gothic 4, at 1280x1024 the GPU load is at 100% and the cpu isn't far behind. :o 
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