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the 945, 3.0GHz, bottleneck a GTX 570 ??

I will upgrade my card soon, and it will be a GTX 570

but I will wait until it hits the 299$ mark

so...I will not have the money to upgrade my mobo and CPU to SB or Bulldozer

I will keep my current rig all this year

so...it will bottleneck a 570 ?? I will need to OC to like 3.5 or more to prevent a possible bottleneck ??

thanks
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You'll have to overclock, but I would avoid the GTX 570 because of the weak VRM issue.

The GTX 560TI is around $200 and can overclock to compete with the 570
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look at my suig rig and i dont bottle neck i now the 570 is mych stroger than 465 but i get 100% usage from cpu and gpu all the time. So i dont think u would be bottle necked i do have mine runing at 4.0 ghz too.

Edit we got my brothers ph2 x4 955 at 4.1ghz easy so over clocking that to 3.6-3.8 should be possible
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Just overclock it.

I have the same processor and just gave it a decent bump in speed.

I know my cards aren't as powerful as a 570, but they have never had a bottleneck issue with the CPU at 3.6GHz.
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thanks for the answers

the EVGA 570 HD (it looks like a non reference model) suffer of the VRM problem too?
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post #6 of 12
Yea at 3.0 you'll be holding the 570 back. I'd max your clocks on that CPU if your board can take it.
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Good question to know. I was planning on going bulldozer, but get a new 990FX board, RAM, PSU and 2 gtx580's, but skip the bulldozer chip till the second generation drops. In the meantime I would run the 580's on a Phenom II X4 970 @ 4.1 or 4.2.
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hmm not sure, makes me wonder if my i5 @ stock clocks is holding back my 570...
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thanks for the answers

the EVGA 570 HD (it looks like a non reference model) suffer of the VRM problem too?
found an interesting thread stating the evga 570 HD has a non-ref design to make it smaller and incorporate displayport, but no vrm fix

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/sh....php?t=3093592
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post #10 of 12
Really the VRMs are not a problem, especially with the 570. And since the OP is asking if his CPU will bottleneck the card, I highly doubt that he will be OC the 570 to the very max, and even if he did there is only a very slim chance of VRM failure. The VRMs will not be a problem, there is a much greater chance that a card will arrive DOA or something like that.

To OP: I'd just get the 570 (maybe a nice non reference one if you'd like) and OC the processor as high as possible. It's not like bottlenecking is the end of the world, you'll still get a nice performance boost.
Edited by Alatar - 5/29/11 at 9:13pm
 
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