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I don't fully understand bottlenecks. From my understanding, if one component is under full load while the others are at 50% then the full loaded component is the bottleneck. Does this include individual cores or gpus? For example, if one gpu/core is maxed, but the other is 80% is that considered a bottleneck? My guess is no.

The reason I posted here is I'm not sure what is causing my current bottleneck. I use my computer mostly for gaming. I am unable to maintain a constant maxed fps, which is fine, but I am trying to understand why. My cpu usage isn't maxed nor is my second gpu while playing, yet I get less than maxed fps most of the time (85fps btw). My guess is my motherboard since it's SLI hacked and somewhat dated. Any thoughts? Sorry if this is a noob question, I am just trying to understand.
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SLI hacked? not sure what that means... is the second card completely idle?
BTW- if your monitor is only 60Hz then your max usable FPS is 60. there are various settings in the nvidia control panel that will help steady the FPS but you'd have to look around and pretty much google every option in the menu to see what all the different things do. I'm more AMD and still learning how to tweak all this crap myself so I won't be able to explain it well.
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His motherboard has no SLi licensing I don't think he can use SLI.

OP, why don't you get a motherboard with SLI?

Just FYI for anyone wondering, SLI license is as expensive as a nice VRM or Intel NIC
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Originally Posted by Blue Dragon View Post

SLI hacked? not sure what that means... is the second card completely idle?
BTW- if your monitor is only 60Hz then your max usable FPS is 60. there are various settings in the nvidia control panel that will help steady the FPS but you'd have to look around and pretty much google every option in the menu to see what all the different things do. I'm more AMD and still learning how to tweak all this crap myself so I won't be able to explain it well.

I have hyperSLI installed allowing me to use my pci x4 slot for the other card. It does work. My concern was that, maybe, forcing SLI might be holding my second card back. However, now I think it might just be the games I am playing. Only issues i have are on BF4 and SC2. For some reason both games do not max my GPU/CPU usage, but still drops FPS. Bioshock and D3 have no isses and run at a constant 85fps without ever dropping. Plus bioshock uses 100% of both GPUs.
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

His motherboard has no SLi licensing I don't think he can use SLI.

OP, why don't you get a motherboard with SLI?

Just FYI for anyone wondering, SLI license is as expensive as a nice VRM or Intel NIC

I would like to get a new motherboard, but only if it made a large difference. Otherwise it is not worth the money. I was planning on waiting for the new intel CPUs to come out before getting a new board.
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Samsung SM951 256GB Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Cryorig Ultimate R1 Windows 10 
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