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Phenom II X6 1100 T @ 4.2 GHZ with 7970

Mar 19, 2013
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would the Phenom be a bottleneck if i upgrade to a Gigabyte 7970 Windforce OC ?..I uses Win 8, Asrock extreme 870 and 8 gigs of ram......( 2x4 dual )
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Minimal bottleneck if any at all. A 7970 will do fine with a 1100t @ 4.2ghz


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I would imagine there would be some gains if you upgraded your CPU, but I don't think it would be needed. The 7970 might make the X6 work harder but I think you would be fine. Most of the time I found that on my 940 the bottlenecks I would run into where memory related rather than core related, mainly because I was running DDR2, but that was only in some cases.

Someone else might want to chime in but I would imagine that it would be okay for a single 7970 in most circumstances.

What do you have for a GPU now? It might not be worth while to upgrade the CPU/Motherboard before the GPU.


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My old x6 1055 could handle 2 x GTX 570 just fine, so i imagine a single 7970 would be great on that processor.


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Yea, those x6 processors are pretty solid with an overclock. I'm with BarbaricSoul, and think it's a minimal bottleneck. I also, side with Aquinus and believe you can get a new CPU for extra gains, but it's not a necessity. Take a look at the graph below and you can see some of those gains, but remember that these are stock cpu's. Your overclock should add another 5 to 10 fps.

Mar 19, 2013
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thnx..i thought the same.....4.2 ghz with the silver arrow and still 39° ( celsius ) is pretty good i think...unfortunately i can´t get higher with the processor...i think the ram clocks does limit it ( BSOD )......so, no need to upgrade....then it will be fine and i can sell my asus 6950 @ 6970 ( 975/1475 )......it is the gigabyte windforce becaquse th HIS ( which is better i think ) does not fit in my case ( CM 690 II)....