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The AMD Phenom II x4 965 with the HD 7950

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September 16, 2012 1:49:37 AM

So, I'm curious if the Phenom II CPU will bottleneck he HD 7950. Anybody know whether it will or not?

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September 16, 2012 1:59:25 AM

If you bottleneck it won't be enough to really matter unless you are planning on using multiple monitors or resolutions over 1080p. The 965 has quite a bit of steam up to that point.
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September 16, 2012 2:01:44 AM

are your 965 are BE or not? if it was BE u could consider O.C. it to 3.8....
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September 16, 2012 2:21:15 AM

rdc85 said:
are your 965 are BE or not? if it was BE u could consider O.C. it to 3.8....


Yeah, it's the BE. How difficult is overclocking for beginners?
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November 21, 2012 9:27:27 PM

The 965 BE is fairly easy to overclock given that you have some sort of aftermarket cooler. If you don't, you may not be able to overclock much past 3.6mhz. I was able to get mine to a stable 4.1mhz with a max temperature or 60c with a Coolermaster Hyper 212+. The phenom II BEs have an unlocked multiplier which means you can probably get an OC of 3.8 without even touching voltages. I'd direct your attention to this brilliant thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274820-29-black-editi... which I found useful for my first time OCing.
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December 22, 2012 8:21:06 PM

jss239 said:
So, I'm curious if the Phenom II CPU will bottleneck he HD 7950. Anybody know whether it will or not?

You will be ok with that cpu. I would look to getting a new cpu in the near future though but if your only using 1920x1080 on a single monitor then you'll be ok mate. Amd has a setting for overclocking your cpu in ccc. Ive never used it though myself but id advise read up first before you try.
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December 22, 2012 8:42:31 PM

I have a 965BE at 4.0 with a coolermaster hyper 212+. Doesn't go past 53 degrees most of the time.
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December 22, 2012 9:39:39 PM

tiny voices said:
I have a 965BE at 4.0 with a coolermaster hyper 212+. Doesn't go past 53 degrees most of the time.

I can only get 4ghz out of my 975 be. I could get 4.3 with my old hyper 212 but changed it for a antec h20. Temps are not as good with the antec and I lost the brackets for my hyper 212. I may go back to air cooling. And maybe learning to maximise my o/c capabilities. I'm not to confident on pushing my cpu's. I'm chicken.
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January 10, 2014 8:09:42 AM

My build;
AMD Phenom II x4 965 B.E.
Gigabyte Windforce HD 7950
8Gigs Gskill 1866
etc
I as well went with the Hyper 212

I run dual monitors constantly.
I'm running 3.7Ghz @ 44c , that's while playing World of Tanks on ultra , running teamspeak and Firefox on a seperate screen at the same time.
This might be a more significant example ; I constantly run six EvE clients at the same time with ease.

You don't need to overclock , it's just so darn easy to do with these chips.
The reviews on it by verified owners on NEWEGG says it all imo.

long story short ... The 965 won't bottleneck , period , end of story. now your Ram/MOBO might be another issue :-p

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