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Does I7 3930k Bottleneck Radeon 7970?

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January 13, 2013 12:10:07 AM

Im a little confused. I recently bought an i7 3930k, and a radeon 7970. I booted up bf3 got the latest 12.11 driver, max settings, and I only get 60 fps? I saw videos where people are getting 100+ with the radeon and driver, and I only get 60. The 3930k is clocked at 3.2Ghz and the radeon is stock clock. In games like arma. i get like 40 fps. Does my cpu bottleneck my gpu?
January 13, 2013 12:18:38 AM

No, there is no [conceivable] way that your CPU bottlenecks. I don't know where the problem is, could you give us more details? Specs, temps during play?
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January 13, 2013 12:20:37 AM

Sorry but nobody is getting 100+fps in BF3 multiplayer at 1080p ultra settings on a single 7970.

Your BF3 fps sounds fine, and my guess is your ARMA II fps is fine too - I've not played it but I've heard repeatedly that it's a CPU-bound game. It may not use all the cores on your CPU effectively.
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January 13, 2013 12:26:58 AM

so how would i get these say cores to work?
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January 13, 2013 12:33:27 AM

Can't, the games have to be programmed to use multiple cores. Many games still only use 2 cores. Some will use 4. Only a few will use more than 4.

That's why the best gaming CPUs are the 2500k/3570k - games just don't use any more CPU power than those offer, really.
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January 13, 2013 12:38:50 AM

If you wanted/want more fps, buy another card to crossfire.
That cpu will not bring any fps gains vs other quad core from intel.
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January 13, 2013 12:39:21 AM

3.2GHz is way slower than your cpu will OC. Do you have a cpu cooler - if not get one and crank up your clock to 4.2-4.5GHz.
-Bruce
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January 13, 2013 12:41:21 AM

Overclocking might help push your fps some because the games will focus more on cpu speed than the amount of cores
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January 13, 2013 12:45:55 AM

Maybe in BF3 you have Enabled V-sync and your Monitor is only 60Hz.
So you'll just get 60fps. Nothing more than that.

And for Arma II, its a old game.
It isn't optimized for i3\5\7 series
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