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Old February 7, 2012, 09:23 AM
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IMO if his q9650 were clocked to around 4Ghz he will be just fine at 1080P (assuming that is what he games at)
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Old February 7, 2012, 09:24 AM
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Not everyone uses 1080p :P
are you implying that he bought his 7970 to game at less then 1080P?
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Old February 7, 2012, 09:37 AM
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I'm running i7 2600k @3.4 Ghz and XFX 7970 Core Edition. First 3DMark11 score was 8877.

OC'd my i7 to 4.2Ghz and my 3DMark score went to 9344.

The OC process bumped my CPU speed up by 800mhz, and overclocks my RAM too. But a 467 point gain is not too shabby. You can see how big an impact CPU speed alone has on 3DMark. Given your CPU is a couple generations behind now, as others have pointed out, that's definately your bottleneck.
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Old February 7, 2012, 09:43 AM
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are you implying that he bought his 7970 to game at less then 1080P?
I'm implying that some people like myself prefer non 1080p screens for gaming. I prefer a 16:10 resolution not a 16:9 resolution as 16:10 gives you more vertical height.
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Old February 7, 2012, 09:57 AM
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I'm implying that some people like myself prefer non 1080p screens for gaming. I prefer a 16:10 resolution not a 16:9 resolution as 16:10 gives you more vertical height.
I get that, I own three 19X12 displays (although my main display is a u2711) but that doesn't mean one can't run 3dmark11 on extreme. Perhaps you are running 1680X1050 I do not know. Regardless it stands to reason that at lower res one will be more likely to be affected by a cpu bottleneck. By the same logic it is rational to think that one would test as close as possible to actual gaming res if the goal was to look for bottlenecks.

I have no doubt that the OP is bottlenecked at 720P in 3D11. However, chances are with a nice oc on that q9650 he could run games like BF3 very nicely with min frame rates over 60fps (assuming he does not have a 120hz panel what else matters?).

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Old February 7, 2012, 10:05 AM
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I'm running i7 2600k @3.4 Ghz and XFX 7970 Core Edition. First 3DMark11 score was 8877.

OC'd my i7 to 4.2Ghz and my 3DMark score went to 9344.

The OC process bumped my CPU speed up by 800mhz, and overclocks my RAM too. But a 467 point gain is not too shabby. You can see how big an impact CPU speed alone has on 3DMark. Given your CPU is a couple generations behind now, as others have pointed out, that's definately your bottleneck.
Just curious as to what the GPU score delta was between stock cpu speeds and oc'd?
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Old February 7, 2012, 11:14 AM
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Just curious as to what the GPU score delta was between stock cpu speeds and oc'd?
When I clocked my 2500k from 3.3 to 4.0 I went from I think 4200-4300 in 3dMark11 to over 5000 points. It made a huge difference.

3dMark11 was giving me a bad health report at 3.3 heck even the horrible WEI reported my GPU at 6.0 and when I clocked up my cpu it jumped to 7.8
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Just curious as to what the GPU score delta was between stock cpu speeds and oc'd?
Keep in mind my GPU is also OC, 1125/1575

But I can take try the benchmark again later, once at CPU 4200, and once at CPU 3400 and let ya know.
Little busy tonight tho, maybe tomorrow.
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Old February 7, 2012, 12:53 PM
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I play BF3 at 1920x1200 Ultra. When I play GPU activity is at 100%. If I overclock GPU core to 1GHz, activity is at 85-90%, so yes, CPU is bottlenecking GPU. Since I do not overclock CPU, there is no sense in overclocking GPU as well. Although my Q9650 overclocks easily, just need to keep voltage to north bridge up and core voltage at 1.125.
Oh, I did not want to buy advanced version of 3d mark 11. I am cheap, so had to test at 720p :)
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Ok, 3D Mark is kinda weird sometimes (it lists my processor speed as 3691 instead of 3400, cause" turbo mode" kicks in during the testing process. And despite my 7970 being clocked to 1125/1575, by the time 3Dmark spits out the test results, the card has revved down to 300/150 so it shows that as my GPU clock. ANYWAYS, here are my results for STOCK CPU settings. I will post my Overclock results shortly: AMD Radeon HD 7970 video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-2600K Processor,MSI Z68A-GD80 (MS-7672) score: P8866 3DMarks

3DMark Score
P8866


Graphics Score
9165


Physics Score
8411


Combined Score
7621


GraphicsTest1
40.16 FPS



GraphicsTest2
46.23 FPS



GraphicsTest3
55.83 FPS



GraphicsTest4
27.83 FPS



PhysicsTest
26.7 FPS


CombinedTest
35.45 FPS

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