Originally Posted by grunion
That term should be outlawed.
Outside of a handful of games and most synthetics, you will never notice the difference between a 4ghz Wolfie, 4ghz i7, or a 4ghz SB.
I take that back, I don't there is a single game out today where you would notice a "bottleneck" running sli 580.
How about I say, you know what your SB at 5ghz is bottlenecking your set up.
I'd be right, you know why...
Because I'm pretty darn sure an SB at 6ghz is going to give better frames in Vantage or 11 than an SB at 5ghz.
But it's a stupid thing to say, huh?
It's not a stupid thing to say if it's true (which I doubt it would be on 11, but would be in Vantage Performance Mode).
is a very simple concept ... something acts a bottleneck when it acts as a limiting factor to performance of the system as a whole. Like, ANY amount > 0, at all, in any way, etc (this assumes you properly account for margin of error, of course
There's lots of scenarios where CPU's don't act as bottlenecks. Take for example, the process of moving data from one HD to another ... it doesn't matter if you run a single core Pentium 4 or a 980x at 5GHz ... moving stuff from one drive to another, the CPU will never be a bottleneck. Likewise, there's no GPU setup you can have where an i7 at 4.0 will bottleneck you in 3dMark11 Extreme mode ... at least not in terms of your GPU score.
Fact is, there are some on OCN who prefer to discuss the BN concept in literal, precise terms (like myself), and some who prefer to make up their own terms, like 'there's no bottleneck unless you NOTICE it, with the naked eye'. Which is fine, I suppose ... you can call the ACTUAL definition 'stupid' if you want, you can think that ... but ... from a standpoint of actual accuracy ... you're wrong, and your definition of the term is wrong.
There are literally TONS of GAMES where, depending on settings, and what gfx solution you're pairing it with, a Wolfie at 4.0 won't perform anywhere near an i7 at 4.0.
And it's irrelevant whether you can 'notice' the difference w/the naked eye, because the proper definition of a bottleneck doesn't involve what you can 'notice', it involves what you can MEASURE.
You can decide you don't CARE about a bottleneck, say it's insignificant, or whatever, that's fine.
But the word
has a definition
, my friend. And personally, I stick with those when I discuss things on this forum Edited by brettjv - 1/7/11 at 11:47pm