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I5 2500 non K vs SLI GTX 670

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December 5, 2012 12:45:33 AM

Hello everyone, I am planning on installing two GTX 670s in SLI on my P8P67 M-PRO mobo, I do however have an i5 2500 non K version CPU. Will it bottleneck my GPUs? Thank you!

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December 5, 2012 12:47:50 AM

No it will not bottleneck
December 5, 2012 12:48:01 AM

There is basically no CPU that will do any better, especially if it is overclocked.
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December 5, 2012 12:55:16 AM

I do not think the 2500 will be a particular problem.

I also have a P8P67-M PRO motherboard.
One thing you need to be aware of is the cooling problem with two high powered cards installed together.
The top card will get hot.

If you are using only one monitor, I suspect that a single GTX670 will do the job.
I think I would try that first and see how you do.

You can test how the cpu is doing by reducing it's output, perhaps to 70% and seeing if there is a significant drop in fps.
If your fps is sensitive to this, then add more graphics power may not help much.

On the flip side, reduce your resolution and eye candy. If your fps goes up significantly, then your cpu should be able to handle a second or stronger card.

My thought would be to stick with a good single card, either a GTX680 or 7970 for now.
Next year, when the GTX7xx and AMD 8xxx series launches, you can sell the current card and replace it with the next best thing.
December 5, 2012 1:11:17 AM

geofelt said:
I do not think the 2500 will be a particular problem.

I also have a P8P67-M PRO motherboard.
One thing you need to be aware of is the cooling problem with two high powered cards installed together.
The top card will get hot.

If you are using only one monitor, I suspect that a single GTX670 will do the job.
I think I would try that first and see how you do.

You can test how the cpu is doing by reducing it's output, perhaps to 70% and seeing if there is a significant drop in fps.
If your fps is sensitive to this, then add more graphics power may not help much.

On the flip side, reduce your resolution and eye candy. If your fps goes up significantly, then your cpu should be able to handle a second or stronger card.

My thought would be to stick with a good single card, either a GTX680 or 7970 for now.
Next year, when the GTX7xx and AMD 8xxx series launches, you can sell the current card and replace it with the next best thing.


Thanks! Very informative! I will keep your advice into consideration! :D 
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