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6950 - Phenom xII 550 BE Another Bottleneck Question

Hello,

My system specs:

GIGABYTE MA790XT - UD4P
phenom xII 550 BE ( OC to 3.7 Ghz, unlocked to 4 cores) + ( CoolerMaster Hyper212)
2x2GB Kingston DDR3 1333 CL9 Mhz dual kit
23 inch samsung display (using 1920x1080)


I'll buy a 6950 2GB in a few days, and i'm thinking about flashing it's bios to 6970.

Any possible bottlenecks about cpu?

Thanks.
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    The higher your resolution, the less impact the cpu has....

    There is still 'some' cpu scaling at 1920x1080, but, it is usually at most a 50 fps vs 53 fps type analogy.....; at 1280x1024, the difference would be more pronounced. At 3.7 Ghz, you should have no issues, IMO.....(except perhaps lusting after the SandyBridge extra few percent in framerates)

    The 6950 is an exellent card at it's pricepoint, IMO.
  2. or you can buy a 5850.140% at newegg.
    and 6950 is also a very good choice.Can you unlock the extra cores.
  3. edit: its 140$
  4. manu 11 said:
    edit: its 140$


    if you mean phenom xII cores, i've already done it, it has 4 cores on 3.7 now.
  5. 6950 is fine. probably no need to flash bios to 6970 for just 1080p, all games will run great. you have no worries, there will be no noticeable bottleneck. If you went to an i5 2500k sure you will see an improvement in FPS if your looking at the pure numbers, but games wont feel or look any noticeable difference.
  6. iam2thecrowe said:
    6950 is fine. probably no need to flash bios to 6970 for just 1080p, all games will run great. you have no worries, there will be no noticeable bottleneck. If you went to an i5 2500k sure you will see an improvement in FPS if your looking at the pure numbers, but games wont feel or look any noticeable difference.


    Actually i play SC2 all the time, and any some other fps games rarely. SC2 needs a better cpu for higher fps, but i'm just trying to get the most from my setup. I know that i'll be able to play sc2 in medium settings (or may be high) with 6950, because i just feel more comfortable over 150fps. ( Now i'm playing at low with 4770 crossfire), and also i know that this is an issue about sc2, i don't expect too much.

    So, until i buy a new mobo and cpu, i'll be fine with 6950 i guess. I just wanted to be sure about bottleneck issue.
  7. No you won't bottleneck anything, probably you will run maxed out SC2 with 80 FPS with it on 1080p, also manu 11 meant the shaders of the 6950 - flash, mdd1963, no CPU is always sending as much information as GPU needs to do the job, no matter what resolution, just on lower resolutions GPU is less active and needs less job to do.
  8. A faster CPU will almost always give you more FPS. Today the differences are more about how the games are coded. For example does your game make use of multi cores/threading ?
    Games with more Physics (not PhysX) say a battle game where there are lots of units to calculate the movement and placement of will lean on a CPU more than a game with less going on.

    Your CPU will not in most cases cause you a single issue, yes you can get a faster one if you have a specific game that is CPU dependent but for the vast majority of gaming you plain and simple wont have a bottleneck at all.


    Mactronix :)
  9. Best answer selected by alifindik10.
  10. I bought 6950 yesterday and today i tested the system, looks like it works fine.
    Thank you for all posts.
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