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post #11 of 21
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Just had a play at Mafia 2, the GPU usage is about 97-99 max (100)

So im guessing it is a bottleneck, but very low ?

Then Im guessing a 3.6-3-7 OC should fix it
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post #12 of 21
Is vsync on? That'll hinder usage.
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This is a battle I get called a fanboy over relentlessly on the AMD forum.

A single high end card can bottleneck on the best AMD cpu. Trying to go SLI or CF with a Phenom II is a huge was of money.

OP OC the cpu as far as you can, that is all you can really do. Each game is different Mafia II and BFBC2 are different in that they support QUAD cores, except Mafia II doesn't do Physics on the CPU like BFBC2 does.
    
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Just had a play at Mafia 2, the GPU usage is about 97-99 max (100)

So im guessing it is a bottleneck, but very low ?

Then Im guessing a 3.6-3-7 OC should fix it
If it's in the high 90's then there's really no bottleneck.

I probably should have specified in my previous post, but the games I was testing my bottleneck on was BFBC2 and GTA 4 (both love lots of cores).
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I dont know what settings youre running bc2 at but if your frame rates are playable then turn up the AA, that'll push your card a little more.
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I dont know what settings youre running bc2 at but if your frame rates are playable then turn up the AA, that'll push your card a little more.
I've got everything maxed in the game.
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post #17 of 21
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So do I, oh well Ill have to see when I OC the CPU.
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post #18 of 21
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Added screenshot: http://img268.imageshack.us/f/bc2sess.png/

It spikes down as low as 70, but as you see it did reach 99 (100) % usage at points. Still a slight bottleneck ?
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post #19 of 21
I believe that BC2 does like about as much CPU power as you can feed it so I wouldn't be surprised if you did have a very minor bottleneck going on with that particular game. Like others have mentioned the surefire way to tell would be watch for increased GPU usage after OCing your CPU.

Good luck and try to remember that it's not the end of the world especially seeing how you said the game still runs fine. Maybe instead of thinking of it as your GPU being bottlenecked you could think of it as "I have a little bit more GPU in reserve in case I get a 1080p monitor or turn up more eye candy."
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Hehe, thanks for that, mate.

Now Im just in the stage of deciding on what cooler im going to take - I made a separate thread in the Air Cooling forum.
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