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FX-6100 Bottlenecking GTX 680 FTW?

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October 16, 2012 2:21:27 PM

I'm kinda new to graphics cards and such, and I bought a GTX 680 FTW (4gb) for better performance over my GTX 560 (2gb) and I ran the Unigen Heaven DX11 benchmarking tool with my friend who has the GTX 670 (2gb) and I noticed that he had significantly better scores than me and I was wondering how that was possible when we had the same settings.. The only thing I can think of is that his CPU is better than mine and mine is possibly bottlenecking the GPU.

CPU: AMD FX-6100 6 Core @ ~3.3 GHz
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 4gb
Ram: 8gb
OS: Windows 7 64 bit

If I left out any information let me know.
October 16, 2012 5:55:46 PM

I was running the same processor as you with the same card :D  I had bottlenecking issues even when I OC'D the CPU to 4Ghz+.

I gave up in the end and bought a new mobo/CPU and no more bottlenecks. I upgraded to an I5 3570K good CPU for gaming. Just got my new PSU today to power it all, 850w.

No regrets.

4GB cards are mainly for multi Display and uber high resolutions, what res are you running at?
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October 16, 2012 7:36:05 PM

Kura said:
I was running the same processor as you with the same card :D  I had bottlenecking issues even when I OC'D the CPU to 4Ghz+.

I gave up in the end and bought a new mobo/CPU and no more bottlenecks. I upgraded to an I5 3570K good CPU for gaming. Just got my new PSU today to power it all, 850w.

No regrets.

4GB cards are mainly for multi Display and uber high resolutions, what res are you running at?



I'm running at 1600x900 resolution, I do have 2 monitors, but I'm getting a 3rd one soon for gaming.

Also, you mentioned that the i5 3570K was good for gaming, but would a i7 3930K be better? I was thinking about getting an X79 chipset mobo to run it, but I'm not sure if it's even all that better.

Thanks.
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October 16, 2012 7:46:16 PM

The difference between the I5 3570K and the I7 3930K in terms of gaming is like a couple of frames, you would save alot by taking the I5. I7 doesn't give much of a benefit over the I5 for games, you can always OC the I5 anyway.

I originally thought of getting the I7, but I didn't see the point in spending nearly £100 more for a few extra frames that aren't needed. All the games I throw at my system runs maxed out/graphical mods etc all buttery smooth and I'm happy with it. Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Shogun total war 2 etc and that's on stock clock @ 3.4Ghz with the GTX 680, I bought the MSI one, Twin Frozr 4Gb. The board I use is a Gigabyte Z77-DS3H and 850w, happy with how it performs.



You're welcome.
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October 16, 2012 9:08:06 PM

Here the price difference of I5 3570k and I7 3770k is like £50 more and the 3930k 100 to 200,. Pounds not dollars :D .
There are so many numbers with and without "K" it's common to get confused xD.
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October 16, 2012 10:24:18 PM

What motherboard would be good for the i5 3570K and not too wallet hungry?

Also, I've never really done any overclocking before, so what would I need to do that? Is it something in the BIOS, or do I need some 3rd party software?

I also have a 700W (or 750W) PSU. Do you think that would work fine for all this?

Also, would I be able to use my old GTX 560 for SLI? What would I need for that? Any hardware, or is it just all software stuff?
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October 16, 2012 11:02:54 PM

What is ur score?I mean average FPS.Kinda interested.
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October 16, 2012 11:11:50 PM

cooldudesubho said:
What is ur score?I mean average FPS.Kinda interested.


My average FPS was around 40-50 usually high 40's on highest settings everything on 1600x900 resolution. My friend was testing this with his setup and he was getting an average 60+ FPS with his 670, which was why I was confused.
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October 16, 2012 11:13:41 PM

A stock gtx 670 get around 54 fps in heaven max at ur res.I get that.My GTX 670 is stock speed.Is your friend's gtx 670 OC?8XAA,extreme tessleation.
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October 16, 2012 11:24:10 PM

cooldudesubho said:
A stock gtx 670 get around 54 fps in heaven max at ur res.I get that.My GTX 670 is stock speed.Is your friend's gtx 670 OC?8XAA,extreme tessleation.


He just re-ran the test and got what you said (54 fps) at stock speed. I ran through it at maximum overclock (what my system can handle without shitting out) and got 55 fps.
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October 17, 2012 12:23:36 AM

Best answer selected by Giinger.
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October 17, 2012 12:24:32 AM

Thanks a lot for helping me out. I'll look into getting a nicer setup soon with these in mind. :) 
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