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Hello everyone, My PC specs are in the signature (aside from my second 660 Ti I just bought) but here's my question. I'm running the original i7 920, stock clocked at 2.66Ghz sitting on an Asus P6T-Deluxe. It's been running like a champ for the last 5 years (I can't believe it's been that long). Last night I tested the SLI setup with both 660 Ti's with the Unigine Valley Benchmark and here are some of the results: at 720P with Ultra settings
With CPU at stock clock 2.66GHZ I got an average of 75 FPS
With CPU at 3.2 I got 83 FPS
With CPU at 3.4 I got 87 FPS
With CPU at 3.6 I got 93 FPS

So I think I'm getting bottle-necked by the processor here. I've been thinking of upgrading to either Ivy-Bridge or Haswell. The only reason I was considering Ivy Bridge was because they seemed take lower Watts and run cooler, but I only did a little bit of research.

Do you guys think I would benefit from upgrading the CPU and Mobo? and if so what would you recommend? (I only want Intel please, no AMD)
Thanks in advance, Cheers! thumb.gif
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The 3570k i own is not even overclocked yet, and it runs me JUST FINE with everyday applications. When i was without a videocard, i got 32 avg fps on bf3 on medium settings, I would even delid this processor in the next few years if i came into the money for a new processor, The heat is okay, and on stock, its a bit too much when underload, but nothing a H80i or H100i cannot fix.
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I should probably add that I'm looking mainly at gaming performance right now.
Will upgrading to IB/Haswell give me even better FPS with the SLI setup?
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by shazamy13 View Post

Hello everyone, My PC specs are in the signature (aside from my second 660 Ti I just bought) but here's my question. I'm running the original i7 920, stock clocked at 2.66Ghz sitting on an Asus P6T-Deluxe. It's been running like a champ for the last 5 years (I can't believe it's been that long). Last night I tested the SLI setup with both 660 Ti's with the Unigine Valley Benchmark and here are some of the results: at 720P with Ultra settings
With CPU at stock clock 2.66GHZ I got an average of 75 FPS
With CPU at 3.2 I got 83 FPS
With CPU at 3.4 I got 87 FPS
With CPU at 3.6 I got 93 FPS

So I think I'm getting bottle-necked by the processor here. I've been thinking of upgrading to either Ivy-Bridge or Haswell. The only reason I was considering Ivy Bridge was because they seemed take lower Watts and run cooler, but I only did a little bit of research.

Do you guys think I would benefit from upgrading the CPU and Mobo? and if so what would you recommend? (I only want Intel please, no AMD)
Thanks in advance, Cheers! thumb.gif

don't bother upgrading ur PC.
i use the same tech as u. and many more ppl using the same tech are holding out until the 2nd generation Hazwell CPUs in 2014.

By simply adding two GTX760 cards (SLI) for $519 (2x$259), u can achieve the performance of a Titan. biggrin.gif

Proof:
Crunching The Numbers: Can Dual $269 Nvidia GTX 760s Outperform A $999 Titan?

whereby if u upgraded ur Whole system and used ur existing Video card u would be lucky to see more than 10% improvement in Vid Games @1080p.

GL smile.gif
Edited by Bee Dee 3 Dee - 10/25/13 at 11:05am
    
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@Bee Dee 3 Dee
Great comment man, thanks!
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@Bee Dee 3 Dee
Great comment man, thanks!

np

and with GTX 760-SLI versus ur existing vid card, u will gain over 60% FPS in games. biggrin.gif

but watch the Pricing Wars that have started between AMD and nVidia. with the last of the 700 series nVidia cards being released soon and the new 200 series AMD cards still coming out, ur sitting pretty. shop shop shop! thumb.gif

take at least one month of shopping and pricing and then get the best ever all time for ur money. wink.gif

For now, the best cards for ur money is still a pair of MSI N760 HAWK GeForce GTX 760 cards.

All GTX 760 at the Egg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&N=100007709&IsNodeId=1&PropertyCodeValue=679%3A426493&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=100

GL smile.gif
    
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Wait, 60% increase from going to 2x760's over 2x660 ti's? That doesn't sound right at all, where are you getting this from?
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Or did you think I was running just one 660 ti?
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Or did you think I was running just one 660 ti?

yep i thought u had just one. sry. smile.gif

u might as well wait for one of the 800 series nVidia cards next year.
    
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