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ATOJAR
12-21-06, 12:48 AM
How good/fast of a cpu(in GHz)would be needed to get the full power out of a 8800GTX?.... is there actually a cpu out yet that could manage to used a G80GTX's full power?

tweaked
12-21-06, 12:50 AM
overclocked Quad Intel CPU.

i think at around 3.6 you are no longer cpu limited.

ATOJAR
12-21-06, 12:55 AM
overclocked Quad Intel CPU.

i think at around 3.6 you are no longer cpu limited.

What and it would have to be a quad core overclocked to 3.6GHz? :angel:

RejZoR
12-21-06, 12:57 AM
You don't need quad cpu as pretty much nothing uses even 2 cores, let alone 4... Core 2 Duo E6600 is basically enough to feed the 8800GTX, but if you can get anything faster, good too. Overclocking is also an option.

Grestorn
12-21-06, 01:29 AM
As always, image enhancing options are the key.

As long as you enable high level AA and AF modes, each card, including an 8800 GTX SLI setup, is the limiting factor in the latest games, even at 1280x1024

If you're using an older game and don't use any AA or AF, no processor in the world would be able to really put the 8800 GTX to its limits.

CaptNKILL
12-21-06, 01:35 AM
There are still games that are very CPU bound for most people, even at high resolutions.

The more powerful your CPU, the better the 8800GTX can and will perform.

That said, with a mid range CPU, an 8800GTX will still give you amazing image quality and performance most of the time. If you're considering getting one, just get it. Really thats all there is to it. You won't be disappointed. :D

Lfctony
12-21-06, 02:37 AM
Depends on the game...

john19055
12-21-06, 06:37 AM
I would go with a Core 2 Duo E6600 at least with a 8800GTX and they overclock very good ,but all the Core 2 Duo overclock good.

ATOJAR
12-21-06, 10:41 AM
Well just after christmas(january) ill be upgrading to a XFX GeForce 8800GTX 768MB, i cant really afford to upgrade my full system, switching from a AMD would mean a new motherboard, cpu ect....

How would my X2 4200+ run the GTX? at stock speeds of 2.2GHz? or even if i overclocked it to 2.6GHz(i can get the cpu stable at 2.6 to 2.7GHz).... would i use anywhere near the GTX's full power at stock or everclocked?

bigjohns97
12-21-06, 11:22 AM
It depends on the game but lately it seems that even quad core over 4ghz you still will gain performance by upping the cpu.

check it here

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=127217

jsimmons
12-21-06, 12:37 PM
Well just after christmas(january) ill be upgrading to a XFX GeForce 8800GTX 768MB, i cant really afford to upgrade my full system, switching from a AMD would mean a new motherboard, cpu ect....

How would my X2 4200+ run the GTX? at stock speeds of 2.2GHz? or even if i overclocked it to 2.6GHz(i can get the cpu stable at 2.6 to 2.7GHz).... would i use anywhere near the GTX's full power at stock or everclocked?

I'm running exactly that setup (4200x2 with GTX). It runs great, but don't hesitate to overclock if your system can handle it. I'm not overclocking but that's only because I'll be installing an Opteron 185 tomorrow (fastest dual-core socket 939 chip available). Once that's installed, I'll definitely start overclocking.

Dazz
12-21-06, 12:38 PM
You don't need a quad core as no games at the moment support it. In 3D Mark 2006 it increases the points due to the CPU test nothing more. Dual cores are the better bet. Quade cores if you don't want to upgrade in the next 2 years or so.

grimreefer
12-21-06, 12:46 PM
pssh, dual core cpu's are so antiquated

PaiN
12-21-06, 01:55 PM
ATOJAR here is exactly what you're looking for...it helped me decided what to buy, also. :cool:
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_8800_gtx_gts_amd_cpu_scaling/

john19055
12-21-06, 02:10 PM
If you want a faster system that will play all games ypu could get a 8800GTS for around $400 and a E6300 $183 and a $100 motherboard and 1gig of memory for around $100 or a 8800GTX for around $610 or a faster system for around $783 ,as long as you overclock the E6300 and they overclock great IMO.plus it would be faster then a 2.6 AMD.

ATOJAR
12-21-06, 04:08 PM
Im not actually looking at upgrading my full system yet, as i said im still more than happy with my current CPU!.... when i finally do upgrade my full system in afew months ill be looking to buy a Core 2 Duo E6700@2.67GHz or better, im going to switch from AMD, ive nver had a intel... im gonna give it a try, dont think i will be dissapointed!

My origional question was how well will my X2 4200+ run a 8800GTX?... like i said im not upgrading my cpu just yet!..... just want to know will my current cpu get even close to using all of the 8800GTX's power?.... ill dought it!

ATOJAR
12-21-06, 06:59 PM
By the way, i have a Hiper type R Sli Ready 580W PSU, i know the 8800GTX's need x2 6 pin power connectors, i think i only got one with my psu, does anybody know if i could buy another 6 pin power lead/connector for my psu from anywhere?... i would rather not use a 6 pin splitter!

OWA
12-21-06, 08:08 PM
So who wins, the CPU or the 8800s GPU?

Roadhog
12-21-06, 08:16 PM
So who wins, the CPU or the 8800s GPU?

from the looks of things the 8800GTX is far more powerfull than a core 2 duo...

GeniusPr0
12-21-06, 09:16 PM
only time will tell with UT2007/crysis true multithreaded apps and also GPU dependent

HeavyH20
12-21-06, 09:38 PM
If you ever go SLI, the AMD does choke the GPU. But, with a single card, I would say that they are a little more equal. Before my C2D showed up, I ran the 8800GTX cards in SLI on the Opteron and scored 10K. Not bad for stock GPU specs at default driver settings, but I thought it would be a little more. So, I ran the test at 2560x1600. Hmm, 10K, again. Once the C2D showed up, even at stock, the score bumped to 14K stock and 11K at 2560x1600. And, that was with a 2600 CPU score on the C2D versus 2200 on the Opteron. So, not too far off.

snowmanwithahat
12-22-06, 01:31 AM
Do it, going to an 8800 will do nothing but improve performance, of course it'll be slightly bottlenecked... but hardly, most games are going to be gpu limited, and really it'll be maybe a 10 fps difference at most.

Neova
12-22-06, 03:31 AM
If you're planning on upgrading the cpu / mb and ram down the road, get the GTX now.

You get to enjoy games at your current cpu's best performance at max quality and when you upgrade, you have the option to gain only more performance.

If you find yourself limited in DX10 games like Crysis or UE3 games, you can save up and add a 2nd card for SLI action later after a price drop.

Just make sure you plan your next cpu / mb upgrade to ~ 3.5 -4 GHZ (OC'ed or not) so you have headroom to push SLI a bit.

I think a SLI 8800GTX setup is still cpu bound even if you have a 5 GHZ C2D!

ATOJAR
12-22-06, 04:56 AM
You get the enjoy games at your current cpu's best performance at max quality and when you upgrade, you have the option to gain only more performance.


Yip, thats exactly what i was thining! :angel:

ATOJAR
12-22-06, 07:15 AM
By the way, i have a Hiper type R Sli Ready 580W PSU, i know the 8800GTX's need x2 6 pin power connectors, i think i only got one with my psu, does anybody know if i could buy another 6 pin power lead/connector for my psu from anywhere?... i would rather not use a 6 pin splitter!

Would my Hiper type R Sli Ready 580W PSU be ok for a 8800GTX even if i overclocked it?