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Hey guys,

So for a while now I have wondered if my quad core (default volts @ 2.41ghz) is bottle necking my gtx 460. I ran a recent test in Skyrim at max settings and got the following.

FPS: 20-39
GPU usage: 62-70%
CPU Usage: 49-55%

I know that 100% on the CPU and like 30-50 or what have you is a bottle neck, but I don't have that.

GPU clocks:
Core: 763
Shader: 1526
Memory: 1900

My drivers ARE up to date and I have not tweaked any settings apart from Multi-Display/Mixed GPU acceleration being turned to "Single Display Performance mode" and Power Management mode being set to "Prefer maximum performance"

I would greatly appreciate any feedback about this. Thanks.


Edit/Update:
Quote:
Originally Posted by addest3 View Post

Just ran Crysis Warhead at max settings and got the following
CPU usage: 55-82% Average: 68
GPU usage: 58-90% Average: 77
FPS: 19-34 Average: 23
This is very odd. Shouldn't the cpu usage or GPU usage be maxed out?

Edited by addest3 - 3/7/12 at 10:18am
post #2 of 19
I highly doubt it. ...in fact I say you should overclocking that GPU some more biggrin.gif
Edited by Accuracy158 - 3/7/12 at 9:40am
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Often while playing Skyrim my CPU usage will spike. I'll be at like 10 percent, then it will spike to 30% real quick. I would question how you are testing first, to make sure it's a accurate "worst case scenario" for playing skyrim.

Give me some details has to specifically how you arrived at the numbers "CPU Usage: 49-55%"/
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Often while playing Skyrim my CPU usage will spike. I'll be at like 10 percent, then it will spike to 30% real quick. I would question how you are testing first, to make sure it's a accurate "worst case scenario" for playing skyrim.
Give me some details has to specifically how you arrived at the numbers "CPU Usage: 49-55%"/


Well first. It was the opening scene, undoubtedly the hardest part to run in Skyrim. I have no mods etc.

I monitored it during the entire opening scene through character creation and posted the average CPU usage I had. Max settings 1920x1080.

Shouldn't I be getting more FPS with the card I have? And if so, why isn't the card usage higher?
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No and your FPS seems about right...
 
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post #6 of 19
Your Q6600 shouldn't bottleneck you too much at all, though an overclock certainly wouldn't hurt. I run a Q9550 @3.7GHz and a Radeon 6950 (equivalent to GTX470, significantly faster) and I see no bottlenecking except in severely CPU-limited games (which Skyrim is not). Core 2 Quad can still hold its own with mid-range cards in most games.
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Just ran Crysis Warhead at max settings and got the following

CPU usage: 55-82% Average: 68
GPU usage: 58-90% Average: 77
FPS: 19-34 Average: 23

This is very odd. Shouldn't the cpu usage or GPU usage be maxed out?
post #8 of 19
Q6600 is still a very very powerful chip. From the usage stats, it doesn't seem like to be bottle-necking your stem. Your chip is still powerful enough. Maybe try overclocking it a little bit further to get more juice out of it. Which is not really necessary. Because you have enough core and cache to last you another year of demanding games.

Also seems like your GPU pushing harder and hence bottlenecking it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EVGA Phaedrus View Post

Your Q6600 shouldn't bottleneck you too much at all, though an overclock certainly wouldn't hurt. I run a Q9550 @3.7GHz and a Radeon 6950 (equivalent to GTX470, significantly faster) and I see no bottlenecking except in severely CPU-limited games (which Skyrim is not). Core 2 Quad can still hold its own with mid-range cards in most games.

Echoing what Phaedrus is saying, I have a 3.6ghz PhII (2600 NB) and it's not at all a bottleneck for a 6870. (A 6870 is significantly more powerful than your 460 SE) I'd say your CPU is as fast as the PhII as far as gaming is concerned. Or at least, close enough not to matter.


Ed: Just noticed you meant "Superclocked edition" - that's not what a "460SE" is. A 460SE only has 288 CUDA cores, whereas your 460 has 334. BIG difference. Still, it's a touch slower than my 6870 - your CPU should be plenty. Also just noticed you're running stock CPU... why? Your 'sig rig' shows 3.2-3.4ghz. At that speed, you're close to high end PhII performance. At 2.4ghz.. You're barely at Phenom I performance.
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Echoing what Phaedrus is saying, I have a 3.6ghz PhII (2600 NB) and it's not at all a bottleneck for a 6870. (A 6870 is significantly more powerful than your 460 SE) I'd say your CPU is as fast as the PhII as far as gaming is concerned. Or at least, close enough not to matter.
Ed: Just noticed you meant "Superclocked edition" - that's not what a "460SE" is. A 460SE only has 288 CUDA cores, whereas your 460 has 334. BIG difference. Still, it's a touch slower than my 6870 - your CPU should be plenty. Also just noticed you're running stock CPU... why? Your 'sig rig' shows 3.2-3.4ghz. At that speed, you're close to high end PhII performance. At 2.4ghz.. You're barely at Phenom I performance.

Last i checked the q6600 was faster than the x4 9950. If op is running at 2.4ghz thats his problem.
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