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My brother has the 985BE AMD 2.5ghz processor and the 6970 is reporting 98% to 99% usages in MSI afterburner. What the? I was really surprised. I would have thought that this card would be easily to powerful for this CPU. I don't get it. I don't think the burner actually goes to 100%, haven't seen it do that even on mine. How is the CPU not a bottleneck? Everyon keeps saying how all these CPUs that are out are bottle necking our cards...I think it is the other way around. We need kepler or HD7000 already or something.
    
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That entirely depends on how you're stressing your GPU, what did you use to come to this conclusion?

P.S. There's also no such thing as a 985BE? And if there was, it wouldn't be 2.5ghz... Are you sure it's 985?
    
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That entirely depends on how you're stressing your GPU, what did you use to come to this conclusion?

P.S. There's also no such thing as a 985BE? And if there was, it wouldn't be 2.5ghz... Are you sure it's 985?
I don't know the phenom names anymore. It is a quad core at 2.5ghz stock BE. We used Witcher 2 for the test as it is quad core optimized.
    
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Man, is there anyway I can log both cpu and gpu usage while in game!? damn why is this so hard to do?! IU As soon as I run something in window mode so I can look at the graphs everything gets laggy and things only use about 70% of my cards and 30% of my cpu.
    
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That entirely depends on how you're stressing your GPU, what did you use to come to this conclusion?

P.S. There's also no such thing as a 985BE? And if there was, it wouldn't be 2.5ghz... Are you sure it's 985?
9850 perhaps?
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Indeed, Phenom I 9850BE, 2.5ghz.
     
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run task manager in the background plus OSD by Afterburner.
    
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Sounds like you have a phenom I 9850 at 2.5ghz and with that processor I'm pretty sure there is a fairly large bottleneck with the 6970, you're just not seeing it in whatever you're doing. you didn't really provide a lot of details on what you did to get 99% usage.
Also you can get GPU stats with Afterburner overlay, if you're playing a game. As for CPU stats you might be able to display those on the afterburner overlay as well.
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I had a phenom 9550 at 2.2 ghz and it would bottlekneck a gtx 260, so im pretty sure that card isnt getting all its asking for.
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its normal! I think AMD/ati GPU's reserve a little bit of bandwidth for system use or something because all of my ATI GPUs max out at 99% :s
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