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What exactly is "bottlenecking"?

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I doubt it is the same thing as I am learning in AP Biology.

It sounds like a bad thing to be honest. Every day I see threads saying "will these 2 components cause a bottleneck" and whatnot. What exactly does that mean?

Also, if you look at my PC in my signature, would upgrading to a 6950 cause any problems?
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It's the result of one component holding back the potential of another in layman's terms.

Your setup wouldn't suffer in all honesty. If anything, it would balance it out. ^^
     
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Bottlenecking just means that one component will not be able to work at full capacity because other components are not fast enough to work with it.

You can upgrade to a 6950. It won't slow your computer down any.
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Though I knew my processor was "bottlenecking" (correct usage??), I never had a term for it until now. Thanks!
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If you like to eat 3 cookies/min

but they only make 2 cookies/min

then your ability to eat cookies is bottlenecked (think of the typical shape that limits flow) by the cookie-maker
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