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Bottleneck with GeForce GTX 550 Ti and Xeon?

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August 11, 2012 7:46:18 AM

I recently just bought a PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 550Ti for gaming and I've noticed with Crysis 1 and Battlefield 3 my FPS likes to jump around in the 20's. BF3 is fine on story but online it likes to jump fps. Crysis jumps from 15-29 and never really reaches 30 - 40 like it needs to. I also read up on some issues with lag in Battlefield 3 about "Bottleneck" where the CPU may not be collecting all graphical data from the video card.

I would appreciate some extra input on this issue if anyone knows what the problem could be.

My specs are:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 64bit
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 5160 3.00GHz
Ram: 8.00 GB

Graphics Card: PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0
DirectX version: 11.0
GPU processor: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Driver version: 296.10 (I recently degraded to see if that helped, but didn't. Going to install latest driver.)
DirectX support: 11
CUDA Cores: 192
Core clock: 1138 MHz
Shader clock: 2276 MHz
Memory clock: 2052 MHz (4104 MHz data rate)
Memory interface: 192-bit
Total available graphics memory: 4095 MB
Dedicated video memory: 1024 MB GDDR5
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 3071 MB
IRQ: 16
Bus: PCI Express x16

Thanks for your time :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:51:38 AM

i think ur cpu is bottleneckin ur gpu
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:00:18 AM

That Xeon is making your fps like that.

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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:01:34 AM

i think he need to upgrade to an i3 cpu if u can
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August 11, 2012 8:06:27 AM

I had a feeling this Xeon was old. Just wasn't sure how old. To upgrade to an i3 I would have to purchase another Motherboard which is fine by me. Any suggestions affordable i3, i5's to choose from?

And also thanks for the answers!
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 8:06:34 AM

skitz9417 said:
i think he need to upgrade to an i3 cpu if u can


i3??? I would recommend him to spare some money for the i5-2500k.

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August 11, 2012 8:07:51 AM

fastreaction said:
i3??? I would recommend him to spare some money for the i5-2500k.

- Fastreaction


I was thinking i5 as well. i3 at the minimum.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 10:33:51 AM

jamd said:
I had a feeling this Xeon was old. Just wasn't sure how old. To upgrade to an i3 I would have to purchase another Motherboard which is fine by me. Any suggestions affordable i3, i5's to choose from?

And also thanks for the answers!


You'd also need new memory, but that's cheap. What's your budget and definition of affordable?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 6:18:39 PM

Budget? Any other needs?
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 6:31:24 PM

Well why not just upgrade that CPU? I mean you can get Xeon processors for Socket LGA771 for rather cheap off Ebay:


Intel Quad Core Xeon Processor - X5450
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313...

Or even an Intel Quad Core Xeon Processor - L5420 would do
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-L5420-Quad-Core-QC-2...


I mean you could buy a whole new motherboard, cpu and ram or just spend like $18 and get the L5420 which shouldn't bottleneck your card at all under BF3.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 11:29:57 PM

They would still be slower than the i3-2100^^

That is even considering if his board can support those processors :p 
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August 12, 2012 8:50:22 AM

amuffin said:
They would still be slower than the i3-2100^^

That is even considering if his board can support those processors :p 


My motherboard can't support those processors so I would have to buy a new one + memory.

I found one that should be just fine.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Unless any of you know where to find both cheaper? ;P Saving money is always a good thing.

Plus, I rather not go with Xeon processors. Upgrading my motherboard, memory, and CPU would be the best thing for me probably.
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August 12, 2012 8:55:08 AM

ElMoIsEviL said:
Well why not just upgrade that CPU? I mean you can get Xeon processors for Socket LGA771 for rather cheap off Ebay:


Intel Quad Core Xeon Processor - X5450
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313...

Or even an Intel Quad Core Xeon Processor - L5420 would do
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-L5420-Quad-Core-QC-2...


I mean you could buy a whole new motherboard, cpu and ram or just spend like $18 and get the L5420 which shouldn't bottleneck your card at all under BF3.


This is true too. I'll have to look more into this and check all the conditions on them because they are used.

Thanks for the links! :) 
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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 11:30:54 AM

jamd said:
My motherboard can't support those processors so I would have to buy a new one + memory.

I found one that should be just fine.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Unless any of you know where to find both cheaper? ;P Saving money is always a good thing.

Plus, I rather not go with Xeon processors. Upgrading my motherboard, memory, and CPU would be the best thing for me probably.


Cheap option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $177.97
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-12 07:28 EDT-0400)

More expensive option, but significantly faster:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $364.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-12 07:30 EDT-0400)

Note: Either would be faster than those quad core xeons.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 9:36:52 PM

Microcenter gives you $50 off of your board with a purchase of the 2500k.
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August 19, 2012 2:23:20 AM

Sunius said:
Cheap option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $177.97
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-12 07:28 EDT-0400)

More expensive option, but significantly faster:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $364.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-12 07:30 EDT-0400)

Note: Either would be faster than those quad core xeons.



This is awesome! Thanks, it really helps!
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August 19, 2012 2:23:46 AM

Best answer selected by jamd.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 9:09:14 AM

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