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Will my i7 bottleneck a GTX 580?

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I'm running a stock i7 930 and will be playing at 1920 x 1080 with one GTX 580. Will a stock 930 bottleneck the 580 in modern games?

I know that overclocking is free extra speed but if I don't need it I rather not overclock.
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post #2 of 21
It shouldn't be bottlenecked, but overclocking it or letting turbo boost run will provide you with better fps.
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post #3 of 21
It will depend on the game itself but generally speaking... I think it won't bottleneck the GPU but overclocking it will give more fps in return.
post #4 of 21
No.
post #5 of 21
wat are u ppl talking about ofcourse it wont bottleneck all 1366 boards have 16x pci slots u will be fine no need for overclocking unless u want to
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Bottlenecking is dependent upon the application. If you play a game like L4D2, the CPU is going to be the bottleneck. When you are pulling 250 fps, who cares if the CPU is the bottleneck.
post #7 of 21
Architecture doesn't matter. If you don't have a processor with fast clock speed your card(s) will wait idle for your cpu to process information (which can be translated as bottlenecking). As a direct answer for your question: Yes you will be bottlenecked by 2.80Ghz CPU.

Overclocking it a few hundred Mhz more would remove it though. (~ 3.2)
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wat are u ppl talking about ofcourse it wont bottleneck all 1366 boards have 16x pci slots u will be fine no need for overclocking unless u want to

Please understand what you are talking about before attempting to give advice.



It will bottleneck but not so much as to make games unplayable.

Put simply Oc'ing to 3.6Ghz would give you a performance boost in some games.

Other games it will not matter.
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post #9 of 21
No. But You should overclock (even if by a small amount) to get more performance from the cpu anyway.

If you are thinking about buying a 580 and therefore wondering if your cpu is going to be too slow, the answer is no.

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post #10 of 21
As previously stated it is entirely based on the application. For instance if you are playing Fallout New Vegas on Ultra settings, then you are going to be seeing major bottlenecks. Personally in that game I have seen large performance gains even with clocks over ~4Ghz.

I could also see potential problem in CoD Black Ops.

Basically in games that are built on well manufactured engines and code you will see very little bottleneck. On games that are coded by three year olds you will see potentially a large bottleneck.
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