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Hey guys. Do you think I would see any increase in FPS gaming at 2560x1600 with an SB cpu or IB cpu at 4.5-4.8Ghz as opposed to my 920 at 4.0ghz or is it just way to gpu bound?
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When I made the switch I noticed faster and smoother game play. I went from 920 @ 4.1 to 2600k @ 4.9. Personally I would recomend making the switch. Good luck smile.gif
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I think at that res you'll need more GPU power. I didn't notice a fps difference in my games between a w3680 @ 4.2 to this 2500k @ 4.3-6. After I purchased my 2nd 580 I did see a fps increase. I play on 2560x1440, so its close to what you have.
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When I made the switch I noticed faster and smoother game play. I went from 920 @ 4.1 to 2600k @ 4.9. Personally I would recomend making the switch. Good luck smile.gif

That is what we call the placebo effect wink.gif Or trying to justify your purchase. Or both.
A 920 at 4.1 is already very fast, and higher resolutions are less CPU dependent, so you definitely won't notice a difference coming from that processor.
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It really depends on the game. Games like Starcraft 2 will see some increase while games like Battlefield 3 will see little or no benefit.
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That is what we call the placebo effect wink.gif Or trying to justify your purchase. Or both.
A 920 at 4.1 is already very fast, and higher resolutions are less CPU dependent, so you definitely won't notice a difference coming from that processor.

Do you have both systems to compare? If not then maybe you should try to keep an open mind. I have no reason to justify my purchase as I had three pc's in the house, 2 SB and 1 X58. The SB is not only faster (not much) but runs a hell of a lot cooler. So I stick by my statement with first hand knowledge wink.gif
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That is what we call the placebo effect wink.gif Or trying to justify your purchase. Or both.
A 920 at 4.1 is already very fast, and higher resolutions are less CPU dependent, so you definitely won't notice a difference coming from that processor.

This is what prompted my question - note the 2560x1600 resolutions. Although, I do realize that 2 or more cards might see a bit of an increase.

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There's no reason for you to upgrade. For the price of a new mobo & processor you can almost get a second video card - or just save your money.

Technically you could see some late-game improvement in fps for large team games in SC2, but that's basically the most extreme-CPU bound game I can think of. Especially at your resolution you'll see no actual benefit when gaming - because your current processor is pretty good. Keep in mind that when processors get benchmarked against each other it's usually at easy graphics settings with a powerful graphics card to emphasize the differences. In your situation, with high graphics settings & a large resolution, different processors will perform essentially the same.

IF (a big if) you're unsatisfied with your current performance, saving up for a second 7970 would bring far greater FPS benefits overall, with a possible exception if you're producing a stream - streaming places a heavy demand on the CPU.

Another potential reason for a CPU upgrade would be if you play a lot of strategy games. A second graphics card would be far more effective in increasing FPS during battle scenes while playing Shogun 2: Total War, for instance, but theoretically a faster CPU would cut down on the amount of time calculating AI turns on the strategy map. Still, even then I wouldn't expect a big difference and I'd advise against a CPU upgrade.
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