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Radeon 7950 in e8400 system. How bad is the bottle neck?

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August 1, 2012 2:12:55 PM

Hello, I upgraded my EVGA GTX460 1GB SC (died) to a Radeon 7950 3GB. I know my system is getting on in age and I have plans of upgrading next spring. I bought a Radeon 7950 for two reason, I paid $269 for it BNIB so it was a no brainer, second it has PCIE 3.0 which is future proof for my next build.

Due to my old computer, how much of a gain in performance over the GTX460 is realistic? I was told the GTX460 was likely overkill for what I had but curious what the board has to say. Thanks!

Here is my setup:
E8400 Dual Core 3.0 OC'd to 3.85Ghz
Gigabyte 775 motherboard
8gb (4x2gb) Kingston HyperX 1066 ram
Radeon 7950 3GB
OCZ FS-750w PSU
OCZ Vertex 4 120gb (system)
WD Velociraptor 300GB (storage)
Asus Xonar DX

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August 1, 2012 6:32:01 PM

marine001 said:
Hello, I upgraded my EVGA GTX460 1GB SC (died) to a Radeon 7950 3GB. I know my system is getting on in age and I have plans of upgrading next spring. I bought a Radeon 7950 for two reason, I paid $269 for it BNIB so it was a no brainer, second it has PCIE 3.0 which is future proof for my next build.

Due to my old computer, how much of a gain in performance over the GTX460 is realistic? I was told the GTX460 was likely overkill for what I had but curious what the board has to say. Thanks!

Here is my setup:
E8400 Dual Core 3.0 OC'd to 3.85Ghz
Gigabyte 775 motherboard
8gb (4x2gb) Kingston HyperX 1066 ram
Radeon 7950 3GB
OCZ FS-750w PSU
OCZ Vertex 4 120gb (system)
WD Velociraptor 300GB (storage)
Asus Xonar DX


It's pretty bad because you have a dual core cpu, if you had an old core 2 quad you would have a slight bottleneck but it wouldn't be that bad.

What games do you play or want to play in the future before you upgrade to a new cou and mobo?
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August 2, 2012 11:07:19 AM

Thanks for the information. I play a lot of battlefield 3, mostly 32 players or less (due to lag), a little bit of Diablo 3, and when it comes out I will be playing Planetside 2. With the 7950 on my current setup I can play current games on max gpu and ultra game graphics with almost 0 lag. Sometimes a tiny hiccup in bf3. I am looking into the Intel 3570K for a future build.

I appreciate the information, I think I'll keep what I have until Planetside 2 arrives and then I will upgrade to a quad once the price falls. That game will have tons of players and huge maps, I don't think my dual core would handle it.
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August 2, 2012 9:44:06 PM

marine001 said:
Thanks for the information. I play a lot of battlefield 3, mostly 32 players or less (due to lag), a little bit of Diablo 3, and when it comes out I will be playing Planetside 2. With the 7950 on my current setup I can play current games on max gpu and ultra game graphics with almost 0 lag. Sometimes a tiny hiccup in bf3. I am looking into the Intel 3570K for a future build.

I appreciate the information, I think I'll keep what I have until Planetside 2 arrives and then I will upgrade to a quad once the price falls. That game will have tons of players and huge maps, I don't think my dual core would handle it.


An i5 3570k is what you need, I have an Amd phenom 980 @ 4.2 ghz my fps aren't as high as they should be because of it.

I to will switch an i5 3570k
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