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Will i5 3550 be bottlenecked with 2 7970 ?

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January 7, 2013 6:49:11 AM

Will i5 3550 be bottlenecked with 2 7970 on a Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 board ? I'll have 8gb Corsair vengeance and plan to play games on a 3 monitor setup. Is the CPU weak for the 3 monitor setup ?

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January 7, 2013 7:00:21 AM

of course not the 7970 is one of the fastest graphics cards in the market and the i5 is one of the best processors for the games
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January 7, 2013 7:03:12 AM

I'm talking about two 7970 crossfired. Is it still fine ?
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January 7, 2013 7:08:59 AM

I think you mean will the i5 bottleneck the 7970's?

Generally no and if it does then just overclock
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January 7, 2013 7:17:31 AM

I would highly suggest getting the 3570K for the extra $10 with that setup so you have overclocking room to play with if needed down the road.

But with a 3 monitor setup you shouldn't see a CPU bottleneck. if you did though your only choice would be to overclock, hence the K CPU. There's not really a better CPU for gaming.
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January 7, 2013 9:02:27 AM

Just an FYI Microcenter has the 3570k for $169.99 now and I believ their $50 off a Z77 mobo is still going on. If there is one close by you can't beat that deal. To answer your question though no, the 3550 is powerful enough for 7970cf.
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January 7, 2013 10:21:35 AM

On a 3 monitor set-up the GPUs will still be the bottleneck 92% of the time.
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