Originally Posted by Doubletap1911
I know some people swear by them, but I would not have gone with IPS or 1440 screens even if they were free.
Very interesting and insightful.
It sounds like there is a very good chance I am more CPU bound than GPU bound. I play DM and Gunmaster with everything on low to maximize FPS but performance is inconsistent.
My 2600k is running at 4.4 just using the ASUS automatic OC and I've thought about going manual but from the article you posted, I don't think a few hundred more mega hurtz will matter enough.
Maybe I can keep my FT03 and even my 680s and just go big with a Rampage IV Gene + 3930k....
I do believe the 6-core CPUs will be more future proof. Especially with the new consoles releasing this year will have 8-core CPUs. Game developers will develop game engines based on these new consoles architect, therefore having many game engines coding towards more multicore CPU utilization.
Very likely that your inconsistent performance could be related to CPU limitations. BF3 settings on low will create less GPU requirements and increase CPU requirements. What is your range of GPU use with 680 SLI? How low does it drop?
Now I'm wondering how much I can OC a 3930k in my FT03. I used headphones that block out the sound so I would be willing to increase my noise level somewhat.
Most 3930k's can OC to 4.6-4.8ghz on a good air cooler or H100i. Watercooling will be able to push it to 4.9-5.1ghz depending on CPU chip quality and motherboard.
Regarding 3-way SLI i did find some additional bottlenecks somewhere in the GPU pipeline when I had 670 3-way SLI & running BF3 multiplayer (no problem with vram limits). As my GPU use was dropping with 670 3-way vs 2-way SLI. At first I thought I was CPU bound. But now that i have 2 Titans in SLI and my SLI GPU horsepower is greater than 670 3-way SLI if i am CPU bound my GPU use should still be low. BUT I run with my Titans GPU use in the high 90%s. So the limitation is somewhere in 3-way SLI configuration and BF3's game code.
You can try out the 3930k + RIVG and see if 680 SLI will be enough GPU horsepower for you. The 3930k will help minimum framerates greatly and stabilize performance. But with 680 SLi you will still need to turn down settings around medium with no AA to keep that >100fps where you monitors thrive at, and motion quality is just gorgeous. If thats fine with that go with that setup. You can always upgrade your GPUs later if you decide you want to turn up settings and AA. Keep in mind BF4 will be more demanding. Guaranteed.
Have you tried 2d Lightboost? The advantage in 1st Person shooters is amazing! Especially close quarter combat. Motion quality is just crystal clear, you can actually run circles around your enemies in perfect clarity for circling headshots. 60hz monitors just have trouble keeping up in that aspect. Only problem with Lightboost is it makes your screens darker and anti-gloss film removal is recommended, but difficult. I would say lightboost 120hz has almost 2x the motion clarity of regular 120hz, or even 144hz in your case. Its similar to the motion clarity of 60hz to 120hz jump, if not more.