I'm running a Q8400 2.66 with a GTX 680 FTW(A impulse buy). How bad is the bottlenecking?
I'm running my games with 6gb ddr2 ,1680x1050 monitor and a 650 PSU. I played some BF3 multiplayer last night and was averaging 35 fps on high. Skyrim seems to dip big time in towns and I'm still having problems with Borderlands 2 Physx on high.
I'm not trying to overclocking my cpu seeing I just want to get a new MB, Ram, and CPU. But how badly is my current cpu bottlenecking my GTX 680?
at that resolution it is probably very bad indeed...
you could monitor the GPU load percentage while gaming, GPU-Z will show it and can log it as well http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/
if it isnt at the high 90s then there is bottlenecking going on (or vsync limiting the fps at 60fps)
I do monitor my gpu with evga precision. And the only game that came close to 100% usage was Metro 2033.
I got to tell you, the GTX 680 is a great incentive to buy new parts for my computer
yeah, metro 2033 can be really hard on the gpu, so no surprise there
and it should be, it is pretty much as good as it gets on the gpu front these days (though the next gen is coming out before summer )