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I5 2300 bottlenecking 7870?

Last response: in Systems
May 13, 2012 8:57:30 PM


I recently bought a sapphire Radeon hd 7870 and I have been wondering if my intel core i5 2300 @ 2.8ghz is bottlenecking it.

It's a pretty simple question but to go further into it, should I wait until ivy bridge products (cpu and motherboard) go down or just buy a 2500k?

May 13, 2012 9:15:13 PM

Nah man your not bottlenecking the 7870, the i5 is way more than enough to handle the Video card. I use a 2500k which is just like .5ghz faster and use 2 6950's which is alittle faster than a 7870 and im good. you could pair 2 7870 or 7970 with any i5 and not bottleneck
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May 13, 2012 9:54:31 PM

No you're fine with a 2300, and Ivy is not much of an upgrade over Sandy, my vote is to forget about it. Haswell will be out next year and on a completely different socket with no backward compatibility. Save your money, you 2300 is good enough to get the job done.