View Full Version : Minimum CPU for 8800 GTS/GTX

03-03-07, 08:59 AM
Like many of us on this board, my hobby is computers. I'm constantly upgrading and working on my rigs. I have some older ones that I'm thinking of upgrading. I'm, putting in a dual-core Pentium D 945 to replace the Pentium 4 660 in one of my machines. I'm thinking of putting in an 8800 GTS, and maybe even two since it has SLI. I don't think it would be worth it though as even a Pentium D 945 won't come close to unleasing the power of an 8800 GTS SLI setup. So, what would you consider to be the minimum CPU that would make it even worth getting an 8800 GTS/GTX. I know a Core 2 Extreme X6800 cannot really push an 8800 GTX completely.

03-03-07, 09:04 AM
when I was rocking a Pentium D 950 I noticed a huge jump going from a 1900 XTX to a 8800 GTS:lol:

I think you should go for it:D

03-03-07, 10:27 AM
Im running a eVGA 8800GTS 640MB @ 600HMz/1.8GHz.... my conroe is overclocked to 2.9GHz.... it runs games amazing at high res, i would have though 2.9GHz would have been enough unlock all of my 8800GTS's graphics power?..... you think?

03-03-07, 10:38 AM
Conroe is ideal, though i think an Athlon X2 over 2.4Ghz is good enough.

03-03-07, 11:27 AM
Conroe is ideal, though i think an Athlon X2 over 2.4Ghz is good enough.

Yup, it mainly depends on the Res you are running. Between a high end Conroe and my FX-60 running at 2.8 there is really only a few fps difference in favor of conroe because the card is getting taxed really well. In a few of the benchies that I've looked at like COH or FEAR I was probably 4-5 fps lower than Jakup with a single GTX on Vista. The card itself is being maxed out when your running 1920 x 1200 with 4 or 8x AA and 16x AF, so the CPU isn't creating a big bottleneck.

Once again at a low res, like 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768, the conroe is going to show big gains like 15 - 20% increase because of the bottleneck, but the difference between running 120 fps and 150 fps doesn't really matter IMO. The Althon is still good enough to handle a GTX and get more than enough frames to where it isn't keeping games from being playable. If you are going SLI then I think a conroe would be a lot more beneficial.

I would say though anyone looking to build a new rig, get the conroe because it is faster across the board. In everything else besides gaming, the conroe is going to show more because it is time dependant, whereas a game is mainly looking at fps. Sounds really weird when I say you don't need a conroe to game, but you do for everything else doesn't it? It's just IMO from what I've seen.

03-03-07, 11:30 AM
I have a x2 4400 running @ 2.5 and I'm getting really good results from a 8800gts, this is coming from 2 7800gtx sli cards. So I don't think I'm getting bottlenecked.