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February 21, 2013 11:54:52 AM

Hi I have 2 gtx 680`s and when I compare my benchmarks with the benchmarks on the internet, it seems like people getting more fps in games from their 680`s than i am.

I have 12 gb of ddr3
Intel i7 920 processor (2.66 ghz)

The GPU`s are running under full load when Im playing games but I am getting lower fps. for example games like crysis 2 and battlefield 3 run arround 50-60 fps on max settings. could it be my cpu that causing low fps ?
also I dont want to change my motherboard cuz i got it not too long ago for 250$ and i love it very much, If its my cpu that is limiting my fps which cpu should i buy that will fit on my mother board that have a cpu sucket lga 1366

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February 21, 2013 11:58:23 AM

why wont you invest in better cpu cooling and start overclocking? I've seen 920's go to 4~4.5ghz
thats the cheapest way to utilize your dual cards to the fullest potential as you're only clocked at 2.66ghz
February 21, 2013 12:09:14 PM

I second alvine, at least try overclocking and see if there is a noticeable improvement in FPS.

I would hazard a guess that you are CPU-bound. Most games today still do not make use of extra cores (did you know there are occasions where a Core-i3 CPU will match similarly-clocked Core-i5 or i7 processors for games?) and hyperthreading seems to impede performance too, which is why the Core-i5 family and various AMD CPUs wind up being pick of the little for gaming platforms (works out great as these are cheaper than the really high-end stuff too!).

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February 21, 2013 12:11:31 PM

Also, when comparing to internet benchmarks, are you sure you're looking at the same resolution and number of screens?
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February 21, 2013 12:16:08 PM

internet benchmarks use the fastest processors too
February 21, 2013 12:18:16 PM

MauveCloud, Pretty sure i checked the right resolutions and right conditions :) 
also i have a Corsair Hydro Series H100 cooler its pretty good right ?
I guess I will start overclocking then.
thanks to all for your answers.
February 21, 2013 12:26:21 PM

BTW I just checked how my GPU`s are doing when I am playing games, basicly my GPU clocks are running on max but my GPU usage is about 50% for both cards. is this caused by cpu or its normal for gpu`s to run under half load ?
February 21, 2013 12:29:24 PM

Do you have Vsync enabled on either the Nvidia control panel or an in game setting
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February 21, 2013 12:29:36 PM

h100 is a great cooler that's what I'm using too
good luck with overclocks make sure to stress test it with prime 95 to validate its stable
February 21, 2013 12:35:20 PM

Tranzz Im pretty sure vsync is off when Im doing benchmarks.
February 21, 2013 12:53:52 PM

I just found an intel i7 950 for 130 $ in one of my local stores, should i buy this instead and overclock it ? or 920 will be good enough ?
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