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May 28, 2012 6:53:27 AM

i going to buy a gtx 560 and i have a e5700 overclocked to 3.57 ghz
will it bottleneck?
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May 28, 2012 7:22:26 AM

It might be a small bottle-neck, but at the very worst, it shouldn't be a big bottle-neck. However, I would suggest that you get the Radeon 7770 or Radeon 6870 instead of the GTX 560, that is unless you're a Nvidia fan.The 6870 is a slightly faster card that uses significantly less power and the 7770 is slightly slower than the 6870 while using significantly less power than the 6870, if you get a highly factory OC 7770 such as this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's cheaper than any 6870 or GTX 560 in addition to being almost exactly on-par with both cards in gaming performance while using far less power. The 7770 is also a superior overclocking card compared to the 6870 and 560.
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May 28, 2012 7:25:18 AM

Aim for 4ghz, and there should be barely any bottleneck.
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May 28, 2012 7:50:38 AM

I had an E6600, and it didn't bottleneck my HD 6950, which is a bit more powerful than the GTX 560. There were still some problems related to it only being dual core, but it was plenty fast for 99% of cases.
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May 28, 2012 7:54:52 AM

willard said:
I had an E6600, and it didn't bottleneck my HD 6950, which is a bit more powerful than the GTX 560. There were still some problems related to it only being dual core, but it was plenty fast for 99% of cases.


I guarantee that there was a CPU bottle-neck in your system if you paired an E6600 with the 6950, unless you gave the 6600 a big overclock. If you compared stock to 4+GHz gaming benchmarks, you'd see a big difference and you should be able to see the difference even without the benchmarks.
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May 28, 2012 8:26:14 AM

blazorthon said:
I guarantee that there was a CPU bottle-neck in your system if you paired an E6600 with the 6950, unless you gave the 6600 a big overclock. If you compared stock to 4+GHz gaming benchmarks, you'd see a big difference and you should be able to see the difference even without the benchmarks.

Lol, check my sig. Do you really think I was running the 6600 stock?
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May 28, 2012 8:51:08 AM

willard said:
Lol, check my sig. Do you really think I was running the 6600 stock?


If you weren't running it at stock, then you should have said that to avoid any possible confusion.
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May 28, 2012 8:56:08 AM

I didn't feel it was necessary because not only did the OP mention that he was already overclocking, but my sig shows that I overclock the *** out of my processors.

Regardless of whether my old E6600 was overclocked, my comment remains true. His CPU is fine for a GTX 560 with his overclock, with rare exceptions for games that like quad cores.
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May 28, 2012 9:09:56 AM

i want a clear answer yes or no or maybe !
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May 28, 2012 6:52:11 PM

willard said:
I didn't feel it was necessary because not only did the OP mention that he was already overclocking, but my sig shows that I overclock the *** out of my processors.

Regardless of whether my old E6600 was overclocked, my comment remains true. His CPU is fine for a GTX 560 with his overclock, with rare exceptions for games that like quad cores.


Rare exceptions? Most modern games are quad-threaded.
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May 28, 2012 6:53:18 PM

bbs99 said:
i want a clear answer yes or no or maybe !


It should be fine. There is no such thing as a guarantee when it comes to this.
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May 28, 2012 7:19:29 PM

blazorthon said:
Rare exceptions? Most modern games are quad-threaded.

Are you just looking for something to tell me I'm wrong about?

I never said games that could make use of quad cores were rare. I said that his dual core would be fine except for some games, which would be the rare exception. Just because a game can make use of all four cores doesn't mean it requires a quad core to run well. A dual core in the upper 3 GHz range is sufficient for most games.

Stop splitting hairs on semantics.
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May 29, 2012 12:16:20 PM

Best answer selected by bbs99.
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May 29, 2012 12:16:28 PM

thanks for the reply
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May 30, 2012 2:31:58 AM

willard said:
Are you just looking for something to tell me I'm wrong about?

I never said games that could make use of quad cores were rare. I said that his dual core would be fine except for some games, which would be the rare exception. Just because a game can make use of all four cores doesn't mean it requires a quad core to run well. A dual core in the upper 3 GHz range is sufficient for most games.

Stop splitting hairs on semantics.


Yes, I shouldn't have said that and I was being stupid there, so sorry about that.
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May 30, 2012 2:32:20 AM

bbs99 said:
thanks for the reply


You're welcome.
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May 30, 2012 3:35:49 AM

+1 you'll be fine.

I'm using a Q9550 @ 3.6ghz and it runs my unlocked 6950 to full frames. Yes it's twice the cores, but few games significantly benefit from more than 2 cores.
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May 31, 2012 10:05:50 PM

Raidur said:
+1 you'll be fine.

I'm using a Q9550 @ 3.6ghz and it runs my unlocked 6950 to full frames. Yes it's twice the cores, but few games significantly benefit from more than 2 cores.


Many games benefit from four cores. Compare any game using a stock i3 and a stock i5 (both Sandy, of course) with appropriate graphics and you'll see that. Yes, OP should be fine, but it's still wrong to say that only few games benefit significantly from four cores. Heck, i3s are Hyper-Threaded, so if just going from two physical Sandy Bridge cores with two logical threads to four physical Sandy Bridge cores in the i5 shows such large gains in many games when review sites such as Tom's review them, then games can obviously benefit greatly just by the jump in core count, even if Hyper-Threading is no longer enabled. Going beyond four cores is where you see performance gains drop, except in BF3 MP, which can utilize up to six threads. In fact, most games benefit significantly from four cores. Unlike i3s and i5s, the difference on the Core 2 platform is much more significant due to the lack of Hyper-Threading.
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