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Originally Posted by LethalRise750;12893390 
That doesn't make any sense either. If the CPU is so fast, wouldn't it retain that amount of load regardless of the resolution? If its restraining itself at a high resolution there's no reason it shouldn't at a lower resolution.

Look at it this way


Lets say there's a game X

In game X, your CPU can push 200FPS

However, your GPU can run the game at only 30FPS max. Your CPU would be restraining itself to only produce 30FPS. CPU usage = 15% or something

At minimum graphics, your GPU can push out 150FPS. Sure, the CPU is still restrained, but it will also now push 150FPS, because that's the highest your GPU can do. CPU usage = 75% or something

It's called bottlenecking.

Now pop in 3x GTX 580s, and the GPUs will be restrained. Now the GPUs have to wait for the CPU to do it's job, and not the other way round.
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Originally Posted by De-Zant;12893434 
Look at it this way


Lets say there's a game X

In game X, your CPU can push 200FPS

However, your GPU can run the game at only 30FPS max. Your CPU would be restraining itself to only produce 30FPS.

At minimum graphics, your GPU can push out 150FPS. Sure, the CPU is still restrained, but it will also now push 150FPS, because that's the highest your GPU can do.

It's called bottlenecking.

Now pop in 3x GTX 580s, and the GPUs will be restrained. Now the GPUs have to wait for the CPU to do it's job, and not the other way round.


Exactly, and at lower resolutions more work falls onto the CPU than the GPU which causes a bottleneck wink.gif
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post #73 of 96
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Originally Posted by LethalRise750;12893445 
Exactly, and at lower resolutions more work falls onto the CPU than the GPU which causes a bottleneck wink.gif

The CPU will do more work if the GPU allows it, but I might've misunderstood your post. It's so common to meet people here who think that it takes more CPU power to run a certain FPS if you run a smaller resolution.

I have to go sleep now anyways..
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post #74 of 96
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99;12892630 
Jeez, lucky you.

I'm lucky if I can get 25 FPS in Crysis2 at low/medium at 1440x900 with my 5850 frown.gif

eek.gif I wonder if your processor has anything to do with it? That doesn't make sense. I'm getting 55-60 FPS on the Extreme setting.

I haven't read this whole thread, but I'd imagine that a 5850 can do better than that.
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The CPU will do more work if the GPU allows it, but I might've misunderstood your post. It's so common to meet people here who think that it takes more CPU power to run a certain FPS if you run a smaller resolution.

I have to go sleep now anyways..


Yeah I didn't mean that, I just mean that the CPU has to do a lot more work than the GPU when running a low resolution. If you have a 2600K at 5GHz and a GTX 580 running 1024x768, you have a resolution bottleneck and the CPU will have a lot more load than the GPU.
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I haven't read this whole thread, but I'd imagine that a 5850 can do better than that.

As did I. tongue.gif
post #77 of 96
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Originally Posted by LethalRise750;12893477 
Yeah I didn't mean that, I just mean that the CPU has to do a lot more work than the GPU when running a low resolution. If you have a 2600K at 5GHz and a GTX 580 running 1024x768, you have a resolution bottleneck and the CPU will have a lot more load than the GPU.

no that's false lowering resolution does not make CPU do more work, it just removes possible GPU bottlneck
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no that's false lowering resolution does not make CPU do more work, it just removes possible GPU bottlneck

I didn't say it adds more work, but the CPU does end up doing more work than the GPU. As in... the scales are off balance because the GPU isn't doing as much work as say a 1920x1080 resolution.
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Originally Posted by XX55XX;12892442 
Yeah, 8800GTs can't max out new games like they used to.

But they are still great performers.

I get an average 30-40FPS on Crysis 2 with a tweaked configuration file. I set objects and textures at the highest settings, while keeping everything else on low. It still looks pretty good.

I can max out Bad Company 2 (albeit with AA and HBAO off), yielding an average of 30-40FPS (dipping into the low 20s when lots of smoke effects are being tossed around).

I don't use any AA, of course, but AA isn't truly necessary when you are gaming at 1920x1080. The resolution is high enough to hide most of the jagged edges.

I plan to keep my 8800GT until mid-range Kepler comes out next year. Unless you need to run your games at the highest possible settings, the G80/G92 class of cards are still good enough. Direct-X 11 support isn't widespread yet, so obsolescence is still a long way away.

This 8800GT has been the best graphics card I have ever owned. Imagine my old FX 5200 or 6600GT still being relevant today...

hey, I can still play css with great framerates with my p4/fx5200 PC at 800x600 res smile.gif
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post #80 of 96
As long as you had about $170 lying around I don't see why you wouldn't just upgrade to a 6850 or something. It would be a massive upgrade and you hardly ever upgrade anyway so its not like it's a major expense.

But whatever you want to do, I guess. I like maxing my games and getting consistent smooth frame rates.
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