Originally Posted by wardoc22
Oh please dude. CPU scaling WILL COUNT A LOT when dealing with powerful video cards. Im not saying amd cpus are bad or anything, they are more than fast enough for average users. But when it comes to gaming with powerful video cards, you need to have a cpu that can feed it enough information. I personally have an amd cpu which is seriously bottlenecking my card(usage in percentage is anywhere bettween 35%-70% unless im looking into a wall and then it becomes gpu dependent).
Please stop filling people with bs.
Now unless you are playing at some serious resolutions, no, your CPU will not bottleneck
And you ... please don't swear on the boards.
Also, your logic is entirely reversed.
The higher the resolution, the lower the CPU requirement/less likely you are to be BN'd.
Those graphs are at 1680 resolution, which is more likely to show a CPU BN than a higher resolution would. Reason being that the CPU requirements change very little as resolution increases, i.e. your CPU has pretty much all the exact same 'work to do', regardless of resolution.
However, at higher res, obviously the GPU has more work to do, which causes the FPS to go down, ergo, the CPU has to work LESS hard (in a given time slice) in order to keep up, reducing the CPU BN probability.
Similarly, staring at a wall should cause your FPS to go UP dramatically, and thus typically cause your system to become MORE CPU BN'd, not less. But that's a generalization, could be a few different things at play there
Lastly, CoH and Warhead are two of the highest CPU-demand games out there, and these tests are at 1680 with 0xAA. It's like they went out of their way to CREATE a CPU BN there
I certainly wouldn't prefer to run a 680 on a Phenom X4, but it's not like it's not going to allow for some really nice IQ settings, even if the FPS isn't ZOMG TEH BEST! with that processor.Edited by brettjv - 4/2/12 at 8:41am