Originally Posted by openureyes
You really have no clue what a bottleneck is.
Yes if the i7 + 5850 provided more FPS the X4 is bottlenecking the 5850. I don't know if this is the case but for the 5850s in CFX the Phenom II is definitely a bottleneck.
Originally Posted by sccr64472
By definition, that's exactly what a bottleneck is. If anything can be plugged into a system to replace another part and it improves performance, then the older part is a bottleneck. With that said, this forum goes way too overboard discussing bottlenecks. Then, we get new members posting 100 threads a day asking if their cpu is a bottleneck. The answer is almost always yes, but that doesn't mean their cpu/gpu combination isn't a great match. All it means is that something even faster exists that when substituted would offer higher performance, so by definition, it is
If you have to go by the raw, literal meaning, then yeah i agree. I was going by the OP's question and the architectural advantage of an i7. What i meant was that, within the AMD platform, it isn't a bottleneck. Outside of it and in i7 territory? Theoretically, yes. Again, from the architectural standpoint.
So as sccr64472 pointed out, just because an i7 gets higher frames doesn't mean that the 965/2x5850s isn't a great match. It all depends how much of an improvement you want from the systemEdited by PunkX 1 - 12/23/11 at 1:32pm