Originally Posted by AtheistDane;14151920
Know it is kind of a newbish question but will I experience a lot of bottlenecking pairing a Core2 Quad Q9300 (2.5 GHz) with a Palit 560 Ti Sonic (1GB)?
Hope this is not a too stupid question to answer..
It depends on what test you run (i.e. what game/bench), and what settings you run that test at (res, aa, other IQ settings). It also depends on what your own personal definition of 'a bottleneck' is.
I personally stick by the literal definition of the term ... if I get 100fps on game X at 1920x1200 on Very High, with 4xAA, with my CPU at 3.0GHz, then I OC my proc up to 4.0GHz, and end up getting 105fps on game X at the exact same settings ... then I had a CPU bottleneck, in game X, at those settings, at 3.0GHz. And I might still at 4.0GHz, I can't really know unless I OC it even more and compare scores.
Now, that is using the actual definition of the term. Yes, it's a very slight CPU BN, and it's an irrelevant one, and it ONLY applies to that game, at those settings ... but it technically still IS one.
By MY definition, yes, there will definitely be some bottlenecking on certain games/benches with the setup you propose. On rare occasions, the BN might actually reach the status of 'a lot'.
So ... what is YOUR definition of the term, and what games do you generally play, and at what resolution, and what IQ settings?
Basically the harder you make the game to run graphically, by increasing resolution and image quality, the lower the FPS will be, due to your GPU having to work harder. This, in turn, lowers the probability that your CPU will be the 'limiting factor' to performance, because less FPS = less data that the CPU has to process over a given period of time.