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Which new graphic card will bottleneck my pc? GTX 670 or GTX 680

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November 18, 2012 12:25:49 PM


USAGE : Gaming (Strategy, FPS.... (play almost all type of game)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: MSI GTX 460 cyclone 768mb / Cooler master Silent Pro Gold 1000w

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU=AMD Phenom II X6 1055T // MoBo= MSI 890gxm-g65 // 8gb ddr3 1333mhz

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want my older card to run as a dedicated phyx card and the new card for the game graphic only. I also going to change my monitor to a 120hz for 3d gaming . Do any one hv any good 3d gaming monitor to promote? Can any one tell me which graphic card will not bottle neck in my system and work the best?

pls help tq
November 18, 2012 12:52:55 PM

At that resolution, your bottleneck will probably be the CPU, not the GPU.

In other words, don't waste money on the GTX 680.
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November 18, 2012 1:02:48 PM

godfather666 said:
At that resolution, your bottleneck will probably be the CPU, not the GPU.

In other words, don't waste money on the GTX 680.


i want to change it to a 1080P display with 3D enable vision

so a gtx 670 will be the same performance as gtx 680 in my case? or will have some little affect?

Then i want to ask if i overclock it to 4.0 ghz will it make any difference?
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November 18, 2012 1:03:33 PM

Your cpu will bottleneck with either of those cards for sure my buddies did pretty badly
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November 18, 2012 1:11:32 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Your cpu will bottleneck with either of those cards for sure my buddies did pretty badly


then should i upgrade it to a AMD FX 8-Core Processor?? the will it made any difference?
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November 18, 2012 1:15:35 PM

Even FX-8120 will bottleneck :/ 
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November 18, 2012 1:17:47 PM

The FX (Bulldozer and Piledriver) aren't much of an improvement over the Phenoms in lightly-threaded or heavy floating-point tasks such as most games. In fact, Bulldozer typically has a worse gaming performance than Phenoms. The FXs are most likely going to be the best option for gaming IF games used eight-cores and/or are integer-heavy.

I would recommend that you get a K-edition i5 if you want to go with a 670 or 680.

If you really love AMD, you should wait until next year and see what improvements they make over the current Piledriver.
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November 18, 2012 1:35:29 PM

A Bad Day said:
The FX (Bulldozer and Piledriver) aren't much of an improvement over the Phenoms in lightly-threaded or heavy floating-point tasks such as most games. In fact, Bulldozer typically has a worse gaming performance than Phenoms. The FXs are most likely going to be the best option for gaming IF games used eight-cores and/or are integer-heavy.

I would recommend that you get a K-edition i5 if you want to go with a 670 or 680.

If you really love AMD, you should wait until next year and see what improvements they make over the current Piledriver.

i don't really like AMD just at the time i build my rig amd is cheap and im on a constrain budget...
So i need to build another rig again? but i try to salvage as much as possible so can u recommendation in mind?
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November 18, 2012 1:37:03 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Even FX-8120 will bottleneck :/ 


so i hv to change the cpu and MoBo... that will be additional cost on my upgrade or i should say rebuild ? :( 
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November 18, 2012 1:44:35 PM

oh dear, an old monitor and crappy AMD cpu? You need to spend money in better places

when it's bottlenecked it doesn't mean the card wont work, my friend Lewis has a superclocked EVGA GTX 680 with a 1045t and he plays BF3 ultra at 50-80FPS @ 1080p,
sure you get like 40 more FPS if you have an extreme edition intel but big deal, if it bothers you so much, then yes you need to get a nice 2500k at least if you want to see some beastly performance out of that 680
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November 18, 2012 1:58:02 PM

iixwh3l4nxii said:
oh dear, an old monitor and crappy AMD cpu? You need to spend money in better places

when it's bottlenecked it doesn't mean the card wont work, my friend Lewis has a superclocked EVGA GTX 680 with a 1045t and he plays BF3 ultra at 50-80FPS @ 1080p,
sure you get like 40 more FPS if you have an extreme edition intel but big deal, if it bothers you so much, then yes you need to get a nice 2500k at least if you want to see some beastly performance out of that 680


haha i know it is old and crappy i bought it 2 years ago.

i want to know how much more i can squeeze out of my old gaming platform haha
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November 18, 2012 2:02:50 PM

destwong said:
i don't really like AMD just at the time i build my rig amd is cheap and im on a constrain budget...
So i need to build another rig again? but i try to salvage as much as possible so can u recommendation in mind?


What's your budget?
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November 18, 2012 2:07:42 PM

destwong said:
so i hv to change the cpu and MoBo... that will be additional cost on my upgrade or i should say rebuild ? :( 
You don't half to just get a 660.If you are set on 670 or 680 upgrade your cpu and motherboard.
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November 18, 2012 2:11:31 PM

well 1055t is really good overclocker

all the concern related to bottleneck can be ignored with a reasonable overclock 500-700 mhz and beyond

do this and you have saved another 250-300 dollars then save another 80-100 buy getting the 670 in place of the 680
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November 18, 2012 2:11:39 PM

A Bad Day said:
The FX (Bulldozer and Piledriver) aren't much of an improvement over the Phenoms in lightly-threaded or heavy floating-point tasks such as most games. In fact, Bulldozer typically has a worse gaming performance than Phenoms. The FXs are most likely going to be the best option for gaming IF games used eight-cores and/or are integer-heavy.

I would recommend that you get a K-edition i5 if you want to go with a 670 or 680.

If you really love AMD, you should wait until next year and see what improvements they make over the current Piledriver.


This is a joke right? Piledriver is almost on par with the i5's. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=288
And i doubt the OP wants to buy a new mobo and more expensive cpu when he can just get a cpu or overclock

If you get a piledriver cpu FX 6300 8320 or 8350 it may have a slight bottleneck but defiantly an improvement over the 1055 at stock speeds
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November 18, 2012 2:15:47 PM

spentshells said:
well 1055t is really good overclocker

all the concern related to bottleneck can be ignored with a reasonable overclock 500-700 mhz and beyond

do this and you have saved another 250-300 dollars then save another 80-100 buy getting the 670 in place of the 680


Yes completely agree just get an aftermarket cooler $30 Hyper 212 and overclock your cpu and your bottleneck will be greatly minimized, especially at speeds around 4GHz
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November 18, 2012 2:17:21 PM

Yeah you'll get a bottleneck of your cpu with a GTX 670. But that doesn't mean it's pointless to get one. It will still add a ton of fps to all your games, and if you ever do decide to upgrade your mobo/cpu then you can do so and then reap 100% of the benefits.

I think the thought that it's a waste of money or will get horribly bottlenecked by your cpu are overstated. Most games are GPU bound anyways.
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November 18, 2012 2:29:49 PM

A Bad Day said:
What's your budget?

$1.5 k for the the upgrade including 3d glasses and new monitor
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November 18, 2012 2:33:36 PM

sheepsnowadays said:
Yes completely agree just get an aftermarket cooler $30 Hyper 212 and overclock your cpu and your bottleneck will be greatly minimized, especially at speeds around 4GHz

hmm i got a aftermarket cooler but didnt done any over clock yet due to my old gtx 460 card
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November 18, 2012 2:40:48 PM

sheepsnowadays said:
Yes completely agree just get an aftermarket cooler $30 Hyper 212 and overclock your cpu and your bottleneck will be greatly minimized, especially at speeds around 4GHz


Maybe something a little bigger an extra 20 dollars gets you up to a more aggressive heatsink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have not seen this in action but it looks promising

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which I have seen on a other amd 6 cores

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November 18, 2012 2:42:52 PM

Why not just get a 7950 and overclock it?I think it would save you money plus you get three free games. :D 
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November 18, 2012 2:52:11 PM

spentshells said:
Maybe something a little bigger an extra 20 dollars gets you up to a more aggressive heatsink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have not seen this in action but it looks promising

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which I have seen on a other amd 6 cores


tq for the showing me the item but i hv a old red scorpion(i think is the name ) aftermarket install in my mobo
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November 18, 2012 2:58:21 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Why not just get a 7950 and overclock it?I think it would save you money plus you get three free games. :D 

hmm not a bad idea since i hv another gtx 460 to run phyx
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November 18, 2012 3:04:27 PM

destwong said:
tq for the showing me the item but i hv a old red scorpion(i think is the name ) aftermarket install in my mobo


which would be fine for stock temps but it is really a piece f history
check this review where it is outclassed by a freezer pro 7 .... which should never be attached to a 6 core cpu

http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/xigmatek-red...

if you plan to OC its like trying to cool your PC with playdough
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November 18, 2012 3:04:59 PM

destwong said:
hmm not a bad idea since i hv another gtx 460 to run phyx
I bought my son Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.It's a nice card he really enjoys it. ;) 
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November 18, 2012 3:12:06 PM

spentshells said:
which would be fine for stock temps but it is really a piece f history
check this review where it is outclassed by a freezer pro 7 .... which should never be attached to a 6 core cpu

http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/xigmatek-red...

if you plan to OC its like trying to cool your PC with playdough


r u sure?
at 3.75 ghz red scorpion is doing good under load

Thermaltake v14 pro is doing the best out of all tested aftermarket cooler
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November 18, 2012 3:53:03 PM

destwong said:
r u sure?
at 3.75 ghz red scorpion is doing good under load

Thermaltake v14 pro is doing the best out of all tested aftermarket cooler


3.75Ghz dual core
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