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My friend is buying 2 graphics cards right away as an upgrade but I told him to hold up because I'm sure I see a bottleneck due to his CPU.

He has an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ @ stock 3.0Ghz. (AM2)
The graphics he is upgrading to is 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 (SLI)

I'm almost certain that bottleneck is written all over that. Let me know if I'm wrong. Also, if it is, then what could/should he OC that Anthlon to in order to get full performance from those cards? Or is it even possible to get full performance from those cards using that processor? I'm thinking the clock would have to be quite high to utilize that.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Yes the cards will definitly be bottlenecked by that CPU. He should upgrade that too/instead/first.
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LoL! I have that processor and it bottle necks my single GTX 260.
    
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LoL! I have that processor and it bottle necks my single GTX 260.
Ouch. For realz?
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Yes that will 100% bottleneck those cards.

Just tell him that he needs a new board and CPU instead of GPU's, tell him it will be an almost useless upgrade unless his folding/benching.

No matter what OC is on that chip it will still bottleneck those 2x460's... (I'm talking about a stable 24/7 OC.)
Edited by Nutty Pumpkin - 5/31/11 at 11:07pm
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depends on what you are measuring performance with.

Vantage GPU tests? No.

Crysis? Probably minimal.

BC2? Most definetly.

Metro, probably
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Yeah, he'll definitely get a bottleneck with that setup...a good quad-core CPU would probably suffice, but anything less than a about a Core 2 Quad would probably bottleneck that setup.
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Alright. I'v talked with him and he doesn't have enough money to upgrade his entire system right now so I suggested an upgrade for him that won't totally bottleneck him and will up his graphics until he gets a whole new system sometime in the future. Tell me what you think of this suggestion...

HIS IceQ Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814161334
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That makes no sense has money to spend 400$ on gpus but not enough to get a 90$ cpu? , Of course its bottlnecked he needs to upgrade the CPU first.
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Alright. I'v talked with him and he doesn't have enough money to upgrade his entire system right now so I suggested an upgrade for him that won't totally bottleneck him and will up his graphics until he gets a whole new system sometime in the future. Tell me what you think of this suggestion...

HIS IceQ Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814161334
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Don't buy that now. To only upgrade really soon. For the price of 2x460's he could upgrade his mon and CPU.
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