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Thanks, that is what I suspected.
I am just putting together a new build, and have a 7700k and motherboard on the way. But I mistakenly ordered a Z170 board - the ASUS Maximus VIII Hero - instead of a Z270 board. I am aware that the Z170 board will probably need a BIOS flash, and the Z170 board has a USB flashback function, so I will not need a skylake CPU to do this. I can return the Z170 board and buy a Z270 board instead, but there is a re-stocking fee, as well as the postage cost of returning the...
The Battlefield games have always been limited by CPU and RAM speed in multiplayer. I don't know why anyone is surprised by this. The OP's results do surprise me a little bit, however, since my 4790k at 4.4Mhz and RAM at 2133Mhz average around 100 fps at 1440p with a GTX 1080, and I would not have expected the OP's results to be too far behind. But as we know from experience, single player benchmarks can be ignored in Battlefield multiplayer, and multiplayer always...
MSI Twin Frozr are the quietest GPUs. Also good are EVGA, Gigabyte and Asus, but in my experience the MSI Twin Frozr cooler is the quietest. Agree the Noctua CPU cooler would be ideal, or the NH-U14S or NH-D15S if you can fit it in your case.
... if it wasn't already OC'd.
I upgraded from 980Ti to 1080 for this kind of increase. My inner OCD can easily rationalise a new CPU, motherboard and RAM for a similar increase, especially since Battlefield is pretty much the only game I play.Besides, at 1440p, this means probably going from 80 to 100 FPS on a 144hz monitor, which is very different to going from 110 to 130.
The most interesting chart is this one: As with previous Battlefield games, it's clear that FPS scales with more recent processors, clock speed and memory speed. I have a GTX 1080, but am now wondering whether to replace my 4790k and 2133Mhz DDR3 with a 6700k and 3200 Mhz DDR4 for an additional 15-20% FPS.
The real progress in the next 5-10 years will be integrated graphics in CPUs. In 5 years you won't need a GPU to play most games at acceptable levels at 1440p. Most "gaming" PCs will therefore be a lot cheaper and the market for dedicated GPUs will shrink significantly. GPUs will only remain relevant if 4k or 16k monitors become mainstream, which will be driven by content and whether people can be persuaded that there are real benefits to the higher resolution. Based on...
I have just completed my Parvum build and am going through leak testing. The system is as follows: i7 4790k Asus Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte Titan X G Skill 2133 4GB x 2 Alphacool ST30 240 radiators x 2 EK CPU and GPU waterblocks EK fittings and matte black tubing XSPC combined reservoir and D5 vario pump 4 x Gentle Typhoon AP14 fans and 2 x Noiseblocker BL-2 fans, all as intake and set at 5v 2 x Noiseblocker 80mm P-1 fans at 5v as exhaust The case was fairly...
Thanks, that is helpful. I wasn't aware of the vented base panel and will have to look into this.I was planning to use the top and front radiators as intake, and the rear as exhaust (possibly with undervolted 80mm fans), since that is how my current Air 540 case works best, after some experimentation. However, I may try the same configuration as yours to see if that improves temps. I generally prefer not to use 80mm fans, because to be any use they normally have to be...
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