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I have a friend who currently has a Phenom II 965 overclocked to ~3.8Ghz who is thinking of purchasing a GTX 580. Will he have a huge bottleneck?

The reason I ask this is because I remember when I used to have a Phenom II 965 clocked at 4.02Ghz and a GTX 480 SC at stock, the CPU was definitely bottlenecking the card
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OT: Using AMD with nVidia is weird imo, they're both competitors/enemies. haha
     
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^agree
bottleneck should be minimal depending on his res. although i think he's either at 1080p, 1200p, or 1600p if he buys that card anyway.
at 1600p there should be no bottleneck. at the other res, there should be a little bottleneck. in cpu heavy games, there will always be bottleneck.
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I believe he plays his games at 1600x900 on a 60hz monitor
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OT: Using AMD with nVidia is weird imo, they're both competitors/enemies. haha
I bought a GTX 460 and a Phenom 955 and locked them into my case until they got everything figured out.

They're doing well now, but are not nearly as close as my Phenom was with my HD 4670's. They were like
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I believe he plays his games at 1600x900 on a 60hz monitor
For the love of pete, don't let him buy a gtx 580 for that res. Tell him to get a nice gtx 560 or 6870. 580 is way overkill for that res.
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
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I have a friend who currently has a Phenom II 965 overclocked to ~3.8Ghz who is thinking of purchasing a GTX 580. Will he have a huge bottleneck?

The reason I ask this is because I remember when I used to have a Phenom II 965 clocked at 4.02Ghz and a GTX 480 SC at stock, the CPU was definitely bottlenecking the card
The 965 wasn't bottlenecking your card, just the i7's are more powerful processors clock-for clock versus the Phenom's.

As said, ultimately it depends on the games at hand, but he won't be bottlenecked, and with the Phenom's, upping the NB has more impact in gaming than just Core Clock increases, making sure he has 2.7Ghz-2.8GHz or more NB and leaving the HT at 2000MHz will probably be best, but it won't quite compare with your i7 at the same clocks (say 4GHz), unless maybe he gets a better OCing 580 than you.
 
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post #8 of 12
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I believe he plays his games at 1600x900 on a 60hz monitor
Well, unless he is thinking of buying a monitor with a higher resolution, I think he could consider keeping some money in his pocket and just buy a GTX570. That will handle 1600x900 just fine.
 
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For the love of pete, don't let him buy a gtx 580 for that res. Tell him to get a nice gtx 560 or 6870. 580 is way overkill for that res.
^ not if he's trying to max out crysis with over 8x AA or run metro 2033 with advanced DOF and tesselation! haha
but still, it's over powered.
but it's future-proofed.
btw i thought op got a 22 incher with 120 Hz.

EDIT yea i looked it up. 1680x1050 120HZ.
he's probably gaming in 3D vision so the 580 should be fine for that.
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Wait, quick question... I have the Phenom II X4 965, not OCed at all yet. I run two EVGA GTX 470 SCs in SLI, am I bottle-necking like a fool? I've got to do some more research, but I'm going to start OCing my CPU very soon and tonight I'll be getting a better OC for my two cards. Suggestions, gentlemen and -women?
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