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How Badly Will i3 2120 Bottleneck HD 7970?

Okay, so I came to the conclusion that we will never really know when Nvidia will release their high end Kepler, so I said **** it. I'll just make a two-three year commitment to XFX Black Edition HD 7970, but I have an issue, I just purchased an i3 2120. How badly will this processor bottleneck the HD 7970. I got the i3 because I'm waiting for Ivy Bridge and I don't want to wait 2-3 months without a gaming rig.

** Just a note. I've read on this website that Skyrim was once dependent on the processor, but that is not the case now.
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  1. The 7970 would be more dependant on the resolution of the monitor(s) and 'eye candy' settings in the games being played than the I3-2120.
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    Depends on the game, the i3 will have no problem playing games which aren't multithreaded but it will be a pretty bad in some games like bf3 multiplayer.
  3. as above, the it definitely depends on the game... and the lack of 4 threads would have a really noticeable impact on performance with newer games that you have to be looking to play if you want a 7970. I just don't see any game being so GPU dependent that you would see higher performance from a 7970 than say a 6970 without starting to bottleneck the cpu. If you plan on sticking with the CPU for a while, I'd save some money till u go quad core.
  4. The single core performance of the Core i3-2120 is about the same as a Core i7 SB processor. So in games that are optimized for 2 threads you would see no slowdown at all. In fact, in these cases you're better off with the Core i3 as opposed to a Phenom II X4.
    In some of these newer games that are optimized for a quad-core you will sometimes take a hit. A good indicator is if your CPU usage is near 100%.

    I think the move you made is pretty sound and I wouldn't be too worried about it.
  5. Should be fine , give it a nice overclock i say
  6. Regardless, it will only be 2-4 months when Ivy is coming out. I doubt I will see anything because I haven't played video games since 2005 anyways. I'll just sell it for dirt cheap, or plaque it when Ivy comes out.
  7. you should be fine with it.
  8. de5_Roy said:


    That's more in line what I've seen in benchmarks. The i3 handles 4 thread games just fine, better than most 4 core processors.
  9. bystander said:
    That's more in line what I've seen in benchmarks. The i3 handles 4 thread games just fine, better than most 4 core processors.
    the only game where more than 2 main threads were use the i3 lost to the phenoms in that review.
  10. esrever said:
    the only game where more than 2 main threads were use the i3 lost to the phenoms in that review.


    I didn't say the i3 beat everything in every game, I said they handled 4 thread games just fine, as in, only a couple of AMD's CPU's beat it, and by a very small margin. Wouldn't you consider that handling 4 threads fine?
  11. yep, its fine.
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