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I have an AMD Phenom II X4 965 processor. I've been looking into buying a radeon hd 6990. Would my processor limit the FPS I get in games? If not, at what point in the future of video cards do you think it would end up limiting my system?
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not unless you are playing at a huge resolution
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Yes it will.

At 4ghz+ it will be not a massive bottleneck.

K10 bottlenecks at 3ghz around 5870 speeds.
4ghz will bottleneck around 6990
Edited by SpeedNuggeT - 3/25/11 at 1:39am
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Yes it will.

At 4ghz+ it will be not a massive bottleneck.
How limiting do you think it will be? I haven't overclocked it as of yet, I don't have any cooling for my cpu though besides the fan that comes with it and the fans in my case, so I'm not sure what I could get it to. Would it be a bad idea to get a 6990 without upgrading my CPU?
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not unless you are playing at a huge resolution
You got that backwards. The higher the resolution the less important cpu is.

Honestly at most gamer's resolutions of 1680x1050-1920x1080 you'll be fine for the next three years.
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Would it be a bad idea to get a 6990 without upgrading my CPU?
yah,it will be a bad idea,I suggest u to wait for bulldozer,they'll be awsome,if u cant afford bulldozer get a phenomII x6 1090t/1100t & buy a good cpu cooler like Noctura NH D14,
but make sure that your mobo has enough power phase to run a x6 cpu.
Hope this helps
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It will bottleneck the 6990 pretty bad, especially in the minimum FPS area.
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So at 1920x1200, what kind of video card setup would my processor be equivalent to? Meaning something that would be on the edge of being bottlenecked by my cpu.
Edited by nachoz - 3/25/11 at 2:11am
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No problemwith bottle neck, it's a very good CPU, get a good cooler on it get your 6990 and u will be the hapiest guy in the world
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No problemwith bottle neck, it's a very good CPU, get a good cooler on it get your 6990 and u will be the hapiest guy in the world
Really? I don't know what to think now I'm getting mixed answers. I really don't wanna buy a video card and find out I have to buy a new processor aswell .
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