Hey all, I could use some more advice:
So I'm wondering if my CPU is bottle necking my Quad setup?
Because when I set my Bios to run my CPU @ 4.2, it has to run the Ram at 2:8/1067 speeds to be stable at that setting.
Yet, when I set the Ram to run at the mobo's specified speed of 2:10/1333, and the max I can OC my CPU to keep this stable is 3.3ghz - There is only a 100pt difference in 3DMark11 Extreme settings between the 4.2/1067 clock and the 3.3/1333 clock
So, is that a bottleneck? It's not like I'm getting bad performance. Quite the contrary. The only games that seem to not be running full blast are DX9 ones that are console ports. They all seem to run at a capped 60fps which I'm sure is because of the games config's and not a GPU scaling issue.
I'm just curious.
Temps in game still seem to be good. So far the highest I've hit on the top card is 83c, but I'm still considering a mobo switch out just for piece of mind if anything.
I know the new Sandy Bridge mobo's and CPU's can limit the card if they don't have the right slot setup to do a full x16 or whatever, but what about this revised one? Would this mobo and a properly OC'd I7 2600k be enough to really open the cards up?
And if not, and I still want to consider sticking with the X58 chipset, does that mean I can just upgrade the CPU to open the cards up? Or should I consider a new mobo as well?
Or, stick with what I have and wait for Ivy Bridge, because temps aside, it's not an issue performance wise?
Also, my second card was purchased a week ago from last Friday just a couple hours after becoming available in the EVGA online store, and arrived last Wed. And it has the same part number as my first one. I doubt the different part number on Newegg signifies a secret revision.
As I found when shopping for my Asus ROG notebook, that Newegg often has a different part number on products delegated to their site as they often have slight differences than the standard product.
For example, my Asus ROG notebook model is G73JH-A1. Newegg sells the exact same notebook under the model G73JH-X1 with the difference being that Newegg's doesn't come with a backpack, gaming mouse or Blu-Ray player like my model number does. Much like here where the Newegg version of the 590 doesn't come with the Mousepad and T-Shirt and is just the card. I really hope I'm wrong. I would love to get/see revised cards. But considering the timing of my second card's availability in EVGA's own store and having the same part number as the first one, and knowing that Newegg changes part numbers on other products the same as in this case, makes me feel pretty confident that it's the Newegg thing and not revised cards.
Of course we won't really know until RagingCain gets the bios of that part number, to in which I really hope I'm wrong and happily would eat crow.
Thanks to any and all for answers and input as to whether my CPU is holding back my 590 Quad setup and what to do if so.
Cheers!Edited by Shinobi Jedi - 7/18/11 at 12:39am