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I'm still on the ye old 775, a Q9550 stable a 3.7ghz. I find it pretty good for games right now, and I don't believe the CPU is bottlenecking my 480 too greatly. (Or am I wrong?)

I am thinking of moving to gtx580 3GB or their dual GPU cards like the 590 or whatever.

On a q9550 @ 3.7, would nvidia's 5xx series be bottlenecked by a great deal to make it not worth upgrading if I am not doing a cpu/mobo overhaul anytime soon?

Specs:
ASUS P5B Deluxe
6GB
Q9550 3.7 436*8.5

There is a chance I might overclock it more, but right now it's stable with at least 1.425v! (Using Hyper 212+)
post #2 of 28
Depends on your applications... nothing noticable unless you're looking at points from benchmarks. If you're just gaming and stuff, you'll be fine IMO.
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12277525 
I'm still on the ye old 775, a Q9550 stable a 3.7ghz. I find it pretty good for games right now, and I don't believe the CPU is bottlenecking my 480 too greatly. (Or am I wrong?)

I am thinking of moving to gtx580 3GB or their dual GPU cards like the 590 or whatever.

On a q9550 @ 3.7, would nvidia's 5xx series be bottlenecked by a great deal to make it not worth upgrading if I am not doing a cpu/mobo overhaul anytime soon?

Specs:
ASUS P5B Deluxe
6GB
Q9550 3.7 436*8.5

There is a chance I might overclock it more, but right now it's stable with at least 1.425v! (Using Hyper 212+)

Wow, you need that much voltage to get stable?
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post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by KOBALT;12277572 
Depends on your applications... nothing noticable unless you're looking at points from benchmarks. If you're just gaming and stuff, you'll be fine IMO.

Yup. Any quad core at 3.7GHz is more than enough for gaming. We're just now finally starting to see games that are optimized for 4 cores, so you should be fine.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Demented;12277649 
Wow, you need that much voltage to get stable?
Unfortunately yes, I bought it used, and he was also an overclocker.

I think the volts used to be lower, but I had to fed it more a few months ago after deciding the bench it again and it was unstable. Hardware desegregation is my guess. The wonderful world of overclocking!

However, I have gotten a better case/fans since then, maybe I should try to lower the volts. But it probably won't do much to be honest.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Booty Warrior;12277713 
Yup. Any quad core at 3.7GHz is more than enough for gaming. We're just now finally starting to see games that are optimized for 4 cores, so you should be fine.
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Originally Posted by KOBALT;12277572 
Depends on your applications... nothing noticable unless you're looking at points from benchmarks. If you're just gaming and stuff, you'll be fine IMO.

Just gaming and stuff to be honest.

So let's say an i7 machine at about 3.7 with the rest of the specs exactly the same as mine, the gain's won't be big, but it is a far superior architech. I'm just worried that my q9550 will have a bit of a hard time playing explicit quad-core games, since the 9550 isn't "native quad", unlike the i7/i5 series. Hopefully the gaps won't be too big, or I will start to feel like my CPU is undeserving.
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That CPU should be just fine for a GTX 580. Have a look at my Q9650@4.05GHz 3DMark Vantage score with an overclocked GTX 570

Also, I got almost P6000 in 3DMark11 with that same setup. And look at my Crysis Warhead results
    
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12277903 
Just gaming and stuff to be honest.

So let's say an i7 machine at about 3.7 with the rest of the specs exactly the same as mine, the gain's won't be big, but it is a far superior architech.

It depends on the game ofc, but for the most part, the games where you're likely to be cpu limited are games where you're pulling 100+fps anyway.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20

You can see the high end i7s do make a difference, but the lower end CPUs still manage very playable framerates (even the stock Q6600).
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Originally Posted by oblisk;12277903 
Unfortunately yes, I bought it used, and he was also an overclocker.

I think the volts used to be lower, but I had to fed it more a few months ago after deciding the bench it again and it was unstable. Hardware desegregation is my guess. The wonderful world of overclocking!

However, I have gotten a better case/fans since then, maybe I should try to lower the volts. But it probably won't do much to be honest.





Just gaming and stuff to be honest.

So let's say an i7 machine at about 3.7 with the rest of the specs exactly the same as mine, the gain's won't be big, but it is a far superior architech. I'm just worried that my q9550 will have a bit of a hard time playing explicit quad-core games, since the 9550 isn't "native quad", unlike the i7/i5 series. Hopefully the gaps won't be too big, or I will start to feel like my CPU is undeserving.

While the C2Qs are not monolithic quad cores and lack L3 cache, they still performed better clock for clock than the AMD Phenom which were unified. Just some food for thought.
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Think u should get an I5 at 4ghz at least to get the full framerate potential of the 570.
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Originally Posted by SadSoul;12280810 
Think u should get an I5 at 4ghz at least to get the full framerate potential of the 570.

No. A Q9550 will not bottle neck a 580 or a 570.
It should be fine and there is no reason to upgrade.

On the other hand, a 590 or a SLI of two 570s/580s might be.

The Q9550 is a pretty good and strong CPU, even its now considered "old".
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