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July 21, 2012 8:59:11 PM

What is the best CPU to pair with a radeon 6850. I need a CPU that can use 100% of the GPU

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a c 283 à CPUs
July 21, 2012 9:10:48 PM

A 6850 isn't THAT powerful, so pretty much any current gen CPU from Intel or AMD would be fine (Bulldozer included, although I would recommend a Phenom II X4 965BE before a BD chip).
July 21, 2012 9:22:14 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
A 6850 isn't THAT powerful, so pretty much any current gen CPU from Intel or AMD would be fine (Bulldozer included, although I would recommend a Phenom II X4 965BE before a BD chip).


So the P2 X4 965 can use 100% of that GPU? Will i have additional CPU power for recording gameplay with fraps?
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a c 283 à CPUs
July 21, 2012 9:26:04 PM

Lazar_99 said:
So the P2 X4 965 can use 100% of that GPU? Will i have additional CPU power for recording gameplay with fraps?


It would definitely be fine for normal gameplay, but as far as recording too goes, you may have to OC it a bit. Recording is more dependent on disk speed than anything else, though.
July 21, 2012 9:32:25 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
It would definitely be fine for normal gameplay, but as far as recording too goes, you may have to OC it a bit. Recording is more dependent on disk speed than anything else, though.


And about the 965 is it a powerful chip? Compared to bulldozer chips
a c 283 à CPUs
July 21, 2012 9:34:39 PM

Lazar_99 said:
And about the 965 is it a powerful chip? Compared to bulldozer chips


Definitely. Much better clock-for-clock performance.
July 21, 2012 9:42:24 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Definitely. Much better clock-for-clock performance.


Ok so how much is it better than my athlon II X3 xD Sorry, i ask too much but i'm curious.
July 21, 2012 10:04:59 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Here's a comparison between an Athlon II X3 455 and the 965BE. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/202?vs=102 The 965BE is a lot better.


LOL I don't believe it. I actually thought the athlon was gonna lose in all tests but it beats the 965 in some tests. I guess its good for something after all but not for gaming. Can't properly play crysis on high settings without having slutering. It sometimes freezes and then continues but on some occasions it freezes and i have to restart the PC because it doesn't respond to anything.
a c 283 à CPUs
July 21, 2012 10:13:29 PM

Lazar_99 said:
LOL I don't believe it. I actually thought the athlon was gonna lose in all tests but it beats the 965 in some tests. I guess its good for something after all but not for gaming. Can't properly play crysis on high settings without having slutering. It sometimes freezes and then continues but on some occasions it freezes and i have to restart the PC because it doesn't respond to anything.


LOL, power consumption is the only thing that the Athlon II X3 beats the 965BE at.
July 21, 2012 10:31:24 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
LOL, power consumption is the only thing that the Athlon II X3 beats the 965BE at.


Good thing i didn't run into an intel fanboy lol otherwise i would be recommended a pentium dual core G860 xDD
a c 283 à CPUs
July 21, 2012 10:34:46 PM

Lazar_99 said:
Good thing i didn't run into an intel fanboy lol otherwise i would be recommended a pentium dual core G860 xDD


Nah, I'm pretty unbiased in my recommendations. :)  (Except when it comes to Bulldozer, LOL)
July 21, 2012 10:43:14 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Nah, I'm pretty unbiased in my recommendations. :)  (Except when it comes to Bulldozer, LOL)


Well i'd rather not upgrade the CPU than buy a intel pentium. Its like with a car for example: I would certainly rather walk then ever drive one of these again xD. So there's a 100% chance that i will buy the 965 but will it be good for future GPU upgrades like for example HD 7850?
a c 283 à CPUs
July 21, 2012 10:44:10 PM

Lazar_99 said:
but will it be good for future GPU upgrades like for example HD 7850?


It should be, especially since you can OC it pretty easily.
July 22, 2012 12:14:04 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
It should be, especially since you can OC it pretty easily.


Though i would probably need an aftermarket cooler for that right? How good is that stock one? I've seen it, its a medium size heatsink with heat pipes but has a wimpy fan and that worries me
a c 283 à CPUs
July 22, 2012 12:18:45 AM

Lazar_99 said:
Though i would probably need an aftermarket cooler for that right? How good is that stock one? I've seen it, its a medium size heatsink with heat pipes but has a wimpy fan and that worries me


Yeah, an aftermarket cooler is definitely recommended for OC'ing. Something like a Hyper 212 Evo would do quite nicely.
July 22, 2012 9:39:50 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
Yeah, an aftermarket cooler is definitely recommended for OC'ing. Something like a Hyper 212 Evo would do quite nicely.


1 more question though. About recording, my friend can record gameplay and still have a smooth frame rate with a phenom II 720 unlocked to X4 and a GTX 460. Is the GTX 460 less CPU power hungry?
a c 283 à CPUs
July 22, 2012 10:29:39 AM

Than a 6850? Not really. About the same or a little worse in that category.
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