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Which AMD processor for gtx 680 sli

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April 19, 2012 3:57:33 AM

Hi guys. I finally recieved my gtx 680 MSI (standard) and I am willing to make a sli in the future. Right now I have an AMD phenom II 955 OC to 3.8 and I feel is running just ok, but I wonder which AMD processor might me good to support the 680 sli since the fx 8150 doesn't appear to be good enough for gaming.

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April 19, 2012 4:05:28 AM

Does it have to be AMD? I would recommend a nice i5-2500k, or a i7 depending on your budget. BTW the i5-2500k beats the fx8150, and the previous Phenom II X6.
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April 19, 2012 4:15:21 AM

amd is gona bottleneck your sweet cards. yeah a i5-2500k will be substantial.
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April 19, 2012 4:29:48 AM

Well my board supports both SLI or Crossfire, but sadly (dunno if there's any) doesn't support Intel (Gigabyte990 fxa ud 3) so yeah it has to be AMD. I know there's no amd that matches the i7 2600k but I was wondering if maybe the fx 6100 or the fx 4170 are close to the i5 2500k. Thanks
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April 19, 2012 4:32:36 AM

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_CPU_Scal...

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At our lowest resolution of 1024x768 we see about 20% improved framerates when compared to the i7-920 and the AMD FX-8150. However, as resolution increases, and our tests become more GPU limited than CPU limited, the performance lead shrinks to below 10%, which is still noteworthy.

When looking at AMD's Bulldozer at low resolutions, which is where each CPU can prove its worth, we see the FX-8150 showing more weakness than strength, despite its eight CPU cores. That does not mean that Bulldozer is hopeless for gaming. Once resolution and AA is cranked up, even the fast HD 7970 GPU becomes the limiting factor in most games and we see very decent performance. Unfortunately platform cost of the Bulldozer setup is similar or higher when compared to the Intel 2500K which does offer better performance overall. In its current state Bulldozer is a very tough sale to any member of the gaming crowd. I could imagine it being interesting for users who want to use other benefits of the platform, like multi GPU gaming with two graphics cards connected via PCI-Express x16 each - Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 supports only 2x x8. Another incentive for Bulldozer could be the native six SATA 6 Gbps ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 support, which would make a hell of a server. Nevertheless, the average gamer is better off with Intel's LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge platform.
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April 19, 2012 4:33:35 AM

I would take the 6 core(FX-6100) bulldozer or better for future use the 8(FX-8150) core one.

Once res goes higher you will see less difference cuz of the gpu would be working way more.
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April 19, 2012 4:40:14 AM

davemaster84 said:
Hi guys. I finally recieved my gtx 680 MSI (standard) and I am willing to make a sli in the future. Right now I have an AMD phenom II 955 OC to 3.8 and I feel is running just ok, but I wonder which AMD processor might me good to support the 680 sli since the fx 8150 doesn't appear to be good enough for gaming.

Thank you


I would hold off actually, you wouldn't see significant improvement even with the fastest available bulldozer. You could get the BD 6 core and prolly hit 4.8 Ghz, but I would say its not really worth the investment.

I am hoping that AMD will be able to get some more competitive CPUs as the process matures. Phenom I's were not that impressive but Phenom IIs were competitive. At any rate, I would wait to see about piledriver in late summer/early fall.
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April 19, 2012 4:42:41 AM

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I would hold off actually, you wouldn't see significant improvement even with the fastest available bulldozer. You could get the BD 6 core and prolly hit 4.8 Ghz, but I would say its not really worth the investment.

I am hoping that AMD will be able to get some more competitive CPUs as the process matures. Phenom I's were not that impressive but Phenom IIs were competitive. At any rate, I would wait to see about piledriver in late summer/early fall.

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April 23, 2012 8:52:54 PM

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April 23, 2012 8:58:09 PM

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