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Help Wanted - Bottlenecking 2 x 6950 2gb

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November 27, 2011 10:03:37 PM

Hi.

Basically, I'm looking for a new processor to replace my Phenom II X2 555 @ 4GHz. I've currently got a Biostar 990FXE motherboard, and am shortly buying 2 x XFX Radeon HD 6950 2gb for a Crossfire setup.

Will an AMD platform severely bottleneck (to the point where it'd be worth spending a crap-ton to switch to Intel) my 6950's?

I sorta need advice in a rush... I've only got a few days left to get a refund on my 990FX motherboard if need be.

Thanks in advance!
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November 27, 2011 10:11:50 PM

No, not severely.
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November 27, 2011 10:15:47 PM

I personally would just get a X4 unless your X2 unlocks cores!
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November 27, 2011 10:29:30 PM

+1 on unlocking cores.
However, I've heard in some cases unlocked core can cause instability.
You can upgrade to an X4 955 of X6 1090T and OC them.
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November 27, 2011 10:30:50 PM

Previous attempts to unlock any cores failed. The next step is figuring out what to upgrade to...

Phenom II X4 980 or FX-8120?
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November 27, 2011 10:31:51 PM

i used to have an x2 555. unlocked it to 3 cores at 3.5....bought a 955be and im quite happy with my choise. you will see a overall improvement of daily computer usage and some of the games your playing will run smoother. even if the game in question is skyrim which runs on 2 threads, the other 2 threads will do the background thinking that your computer does. Overclock to a clock rate above 3.3 and you will not be bottlenecked.
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November 27, 2011 10:34:06 PM

I'd stay away from Bulldozer. Just to many issues relevant to it. An X4 955 OC to 4.0Ghz or even a X6 1090T OCed will do great as an upgrade.
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