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August 19, 2012 1:34:14 AM

Would a Phenom X2 550 3.1GHz bottleneck a EVGA 550Ti 2GB? Its for my friend and he wants to know if this would be a good combination.

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August 19, 2012 4:51:10 AM

YES, Absolutely.
I had an Athlon II X4 640 paired with an old 9800gt. I decided to upgrade my hardware in order to play GW2, because I wasn't happy with the performance I was getting.

After much deliberation I concluded the graphics weren't too taxing on my 9800gt, my performance woes came form the cpu side. This was confirmed after seeing the huge performance gains after they applied the CPU optimizations to the game.

I finally decided to buy a core i3 2120. Mr, there was a day-night difference. Not only in GW2, where my fps went from 12-18fps to 20-35 fps in WvW. But also in gw1, Oblivion, Batman Arkaham city, Skyrim and the biggest gainer; WINE.

If my cpu was bottlenecking such an old card as a 9800gt by that extent, I can only imagine how much more restrained a 550ti will be.

Intel has such a superior architecture, that a dual core "budget" cpu trades blows, and in most cases comes ahead, with the very best AMD has to offer. Don't believe me, believe the benchmarks on this very own site: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

If you plan on gaming, go intel, you won't regret it.

Signs: A very sad AMD enthusiast.
August 19, 2012 12:13:32 PM

r390gt1 said:
YES, Absolutely.
I had an Athlon II X4 640 paired with an old 9800gt. I decided to upgrade my hardware in order to play GW2, because I wasn't happy with the performance I was getting.

After much deliberation I concluded the graphics weren't too taxing on my 9800gt, my performance woes came form the cpu side. This was confirmed after seeing the huge performance gains after they applied the CPU optimizations to the game.

I finally decided to buy a core i3 2120. Mr, there was a day-night difference. Not only in GW2, where my fps went from 12-18fps to 20-35 fps in WvW. But also in gw1, Oblivion, Batman Arkaham city, Skyrim and the biggest gainer; WINE.

If my cpu was bottlenecking such an old card as a 9800gt by that extent, I can only imagine how much more restrained a 550ti will be.

Intel has such a superior architecture, that a dual core "budget" cpu trades blows, and in most cases comes ahead, with the very best AMD has to offer. Don't believe me, believe the benchmarks on this very own site: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

If you plan on gaming, go intel, you won't regret it.

Signs: A very sad AMD enthusiast.



If you tested it on GW2, that game was CPU only in Open Beta 1 so I could imagine you got more frames by upgrading.
Open beta 2 they added little support to GPU power.
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August 19, 2012 12:28:47 PM

Generally speaking NO it wont bottleneck

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This depends on resolutions and settings used.
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August 19, 2012 12:33:33 PM

r390gt1 said:
YES, Absolutely.
I had an Athlon II X4 640 paired with an old 9800gt. I decided to upgrade my hardware in order to play GW2, because I wasn't happy with the performance I was getting.

After much deliberation I concluded the graphics weren't too taxing on my 9800gt, my performance woes came form the cpu side. This was confirmed after seeing the huge performance gains after they applied the CPU optimizations to the game.

I finally decided to buy a core i3 2120. Mr, there was a day-night difference. Not only in GW2, where my fps went from 12-18fps to 20-35 fps in WvW. But also in gw1, Oblivion, Batman Arkaham city, Skyrim and the biggest gainer; WINE.

If my cpu was bottlenecking such an old card as a 9800gt by that extent, I can only imagine how much more restrained a 550ti will be.

Intel has such a superior architecture, that a dual core "budget" cpu trades blows, and in most cases comes ahead, with the very best AMD has to offer. Don't believe me, believe the benchmarks on this very own site: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

If you plan on gaming, go intel, you won't regret it.

Signs: A very sad AMD enthusiast.


If you were bottlenecking a 9800gt on Batman you did somethig very very very wrong

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/38421-intel-core-i5-3...

The A8 (essentialy an athlon with IGPU) is only choking a GTX680 by 11 frames compared to the 2500k in Batman Arkham City therefore there is no way on gods earth you managed to have a significant bottleneck in that game using a 9800GT
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