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Will an i7 950 at default clock bottleneck a future-gen GTX 870?

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August 9, 2012 3:20:17 AM

I am planning ahead for a GPU upgrade about two years from now or whenever some PC games' minimum system requirements meet or exceed my installed Radeon HD 6770. My question is, how likely will it be for an i7 950 CPU at factory clock speed to bottleneck a 2014 NVIDIA GTX 870 or 860 Ti? Could I upgrade to a GTX 880 if I wanted to or will that be too much for my CPU to handle?
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2012 3:28:33 AM

Moore's law and the history of Nvidia's releases say that the gtx 880 will launch near Q1 2014 and run around double the performance of the gtx 680.
I would guess off the top of my head that a gtx 860 ti would perform 20% better than today's gtx 680 and be the best card to get before bottlenecking would start to hit you hard. If prices stay similar you'd be best off to but a 860 ti for $300 2 years from now. The 880 will just be too powerful.

But this is all speculation and nobody should be quoting me on this.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2012 3:39:41 AM

yes your better off with an i7 5880k.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2012 3:52:59 AM

kevin83 said:
Moore's law and the history of Nvidia's releases say that the gtx 880 will launch near Q1 2014 and run around double the performance of the gtx 680.
I would guess off the top of my head that a gtx 860 ti would perform 20% better than today's gtx 680 and be the best card to get before bottlenecking would start to hit you hard. If prices stay similar you'd be best off to but a 860 ti for $300 2 years from now. The 880 will just be too powerful.

But this is all speculation and nobody should be quoting me on this.


moores law has kinda tapered off recently though...

580vs680 the 680 is roughly 25-35% better
6970vs7970 the 7970 is roughly 25-40% better. that is no 100% better over 2 years...
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2012 4:02:36 AM

1.41*1.41=2
The gtx 580 launched around 1 year before the 680, not 2, and the gtx 600 series suffered significant delays not associated with their regular releases.
The gtx 680 performs 35-55 percent better than the gtx 580.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...
combined this means moore's law is going relatively on pace and 2 generations generally will cause performance to double.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2012 11:53:54 AM

kevin83 said:
1.41*1.41=2
The gtx 580 launched around 1 year before the 680, not 2, and the gtx 600 series suffered significant delays not associated with their regular releases.
The gtx 680 performs 35-55 percent better than the gtx 580.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...
combined this means moore's law is going relatively on pace and 2 generations generally will cause performance to double.


thats a stretch but ok. 55% is very opportunistic.
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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2012 12:09:12 PM

shamsmu said:
yes your better off with an i7 5880k.

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a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2012 12:14:16 PM

You might as well ask for next weeks lottery numbers
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August 9, 2012 12:17:56 PM

joedjnpc said:
You might as well ask for next weeks lottery numbers

+1000
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