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Can a Phenom II 965 @ 4.0 GHz handle a 7970?

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February 19, 2013 11:13:59 AM

I am thinking to upgrade my Vcard to either a MSI 7970 or a Saphire 7970 but not sure if my Phenom II 965 BE OC@ 4GHz can handle them without bottlenecking or I have to upgrade to 4300 or 6300 vishera.
Please do not sugest intel as i am not planning to upgrade my motherboard by now.

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February 19, 2013 11:43:33 AM

It will not bottleneck much and it is already overclocked so it would be fine.if you have budget then you can get fx 6300 as you will get more performance.
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February 19, 2013 12:13:19 PM

It will bottleneck it although you should still be able to play games at 60+ fps in most games. In my opinion the difference between a 965 and a FX 6300 does not warrant an upgrade. I advise you to wait for the AMD steamroller CPU's (should be out by the end of they year) because the indications are that the chip will have even better multitasking performance and single threaded performance will also improve dramatically to the point where it will compete with Intel Haswell.
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February 19, 2013 1:41:50 PM

It depends on your resolution if its under 1920 x 1080 then the CPU will be a large bottleneck @ 2560 x 1440 then not much at all. It will also depend on the game, like Metro will nearly always be limited by the GPU.
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November 30, 2013 1:53:25 AM

I had 7970 Ghz, and i have Phenom II 965 on 4.1Ghz and did not bottlneck anygame so far, well i replaced the GC few month ago.
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November 30, 2013 3:32:41 AM

the 750/760k is faster than the 965 and the trinity will bottleneck once it hits tahiti/kepler gpus in games like skyrim crysis 3 and battlefield 4. actually i personally wouldn't call it bottleneck, more like the weakest link... these games will get big fps boosts from cpu horsepower. sandy bridge changed everything and since then developers realized they have power on tap and they might as well take advantage of it.
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