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Bottle neck on MSI r6850

hello every one =) i dont know much at all about bottlenecks but most people seem to think its a pretty big deal. the little i know about bottlenecks is that it involves your cpu limiting how well your graphics card well preform.. my question is well my cpu be ok with this card. and im i right about what i know about bottlenecks?

here is my cpu

Intel core 2 quad q6600 @2.40GHz

core speed 1600Mhz

heres my card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127566&cm_re=MSi_r6850-_-14-127-566-_-Product

let me know if u guys have any questions and thanks for taking the time to read :bounce:
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  1. Well, yes, that's true that a cpu can limit how well your graphics card can perform. But, in reverse, it's also why people with junk integrated graphics can't play games well; the graphics chip is the bottleneck. Any component can be a bottleneck if it isn't on par with the rest of a computer. Say, try to play a game with a i7-980x, tri-sli gtx 580s, 12gb ddr3 ram, and a 20-year-old hard drive.

    That cpu looks like it should be fine for a 6850. But what do you mean by core speed 1600mhz? Core speed of what? It looks like your cpu has a core speed of 2.4ghz, and the graphics card doesn't have that high of a core clock.
  2. jryan388 said:
    Well, yes, that's true that a cpu can limit how well your graphics card can perform. But, in reverse, it's also why people with junk integrated graphics can't play games well; the graphics chip is the bottleneck. Any component can be a bottleneck if it isn't on par with the rest of a computer. Say, try to play a game with a i7-980x, tri-sli gtx 580s, 12gb ddr3 ram, and a 20-year-old hard drive.

    That cpu looks like it should be fine for a 6850. But what do you mean by core speed 1600mhz? Core speed of what? It looks like your cpu has a core speed of 2.4ghz, and the graphics card doesn't have that high of a core clock.


    lol srry for being unclear i just use Cpuid's CPU-z to see what i had hold on let me see if i can get a image of the cupid report up so u can see what i was talking about

    well anyways i cant seem to put a picture on here... i wasnt really sure what the 1600MHz is for.. but it says thats my core speed...
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    Yes, your CPU will generally bottleneck that card. Even so, it generally won't be by that much, but of course it just depends on the game, settings, and resolution. The Q6600 is a good little overclocker so it would really be worthwhile to overclock it. At 3.0Ghz it would certainly be less of a bottleneck.
  4. megamanx00 said:
    Yes, your CPU will generally bottleneck that card. Even so, it generally won't be by that much, but of course it just depends on the game, settings, and resolution. The Q6600 is a good little overclocker so it would really be worthwhile to overclock it. At 3.0Ghz it would certainly be less of a bottleneck.


    Ok thanks for your replay. ill start doing some research on over clocking my cpu. :D
  5. Best answer selected by karl1234.
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