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Old February 14, 2009, 06:50 AM
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Default E5200 Able to Keep Up?

Sorry if this is the wrong forum but here's the situation, I have:
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Corsair DDR3 2gb
Evga 790i
E5200 (3.4GHZ)
8800GT (Soon to be 2)

When I add the 8800GT and SLI them, will the E5200 be able to keep up, not bottleknecking the rest of the rig?
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Old February 14, 2009, 08:18 AM
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I think it would be alright seeing as you have your E5200 at 3.4GHz.
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Old February 14, 2009, 08:45 AM
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First I must admit thats a pretty unbalanced cpu to the motherboard you have it in. You'll see more performance from a cpu with a bigger cache and overclocking potential further from adding a second 8800GT. Personally I think a single faster videocard is a better option than 2 slower ones in a SLI configuration. Nonetheless Jdrom is correct.

For future reference games that are more widely cpu dependent will obviously experience better performance from a faster cpu clock, for a modern CPU (eg. E8400) the difference is fairly insignificant at or above 3.0Ghz in my opinion. Today people are using bigger monitors that display at high resolutions and playing games with anti-ailasing, anstropic filtering and max in games settings, therefore the GPU becomes the bottleneck. Even a cpu overclocked to 4Ghz is going to make little difference to performance in situations when you're playing games at high resolutions with lots of eye candy.

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Old February 14, 2009, 09:05 AM
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Well..i agree and disagree... i think there will be some bottlenecking, in some games (and depending on res.) but nothing devastating. The lower L2 cache/FSB vs. the faster E8x00/Q9xxx Penryns, plays a noteworthy role in gaming(mostly the L2). Basically, the E5200 is the 45nm version of the Pentium E2x00's(obviously with an extra MB of cache, slightly higher frequency & IPC enhancements). I think to eliminate most of the b/necking, you're gonna need to O/C it to 3.8+..with some nice fast RAM. GL
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Old February 14, 2009, 09:19 AM
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I know tanker I just didn't want to make the conversation overally technical, there always more to picture my intention wasn't mis-inform just not all might understand where you're coming from . Given the CPU and video card though is it enough to say that they are a fairly well balanced configuration.
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I would honestly just invest in a better processor and save all the guess work. :)
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