a reply to: Indigent
Lots of false information and myths here that I will attempt to clear up.
Your CPU is the i7 2600k right ? It's going to bottleneck whatever GPU you get
That is false. I have the i7 2700K (which is 100 MHz faster) and I just bought a GTX 970. There is no bottlenecking at the CPU. I'm getting the
reported frame-rates (in reviews) in all games vs the HD 7970 that I just replaced. Other reviews were using faster i7's, but I'm still getting full
speeds out of the GTX 970.
While some slower CPU's will bottleneck, the i7 2600K/2700K shows little to no signs of bottlenecking. And they're excellent overclockers if the need
were to arise for more horsepower.
The following is one of the biggest myths circling among those who are misinformed, or drawn in by "false" advertising:
Also your motherboard being PCI 2.0 means you'll never get full bandwidth on the PCI 3.0 cards but they will work on PCI 2.0 but effectively
50% less bandwidth
In a nutshell, current top-of-the-line video cards do not
come close to using the full bandwidth of the PCIe lanes.
In checking out the following article using a GTX Titan, it concludes there's no performance hit between using PCIe 3.0, 2.0, or even 2.0 8x (which is
1.0). Some tests even showed that PCIe 2.0 is faster
than PCIe 3.0 during gaming:
So, don't fall for the PCIe 3.0 hype. It means absolutely nothing other than a marketing ploy at this point until graphics cards can start utilizing
the full bandwidth of the PCIe lanes.
Your CPU is plenty fast-enough, and your PCIe 2.0 is plenty fast enough for any current top-of-the-line video card you choose.
The only thing you need to consider is if the large card will fit in your case, and if your power supply (PSU) has the appropriate power connectors
for current video cards. For instance I needed a 6-pin and
8-pin plugs both for my GTX 970. Modular PSU's are always great for being able to
On a final note, I'm getting full bandwidth and speeds out of my GTX 970 as reported in reviews with much "faster" CPU's on my i7 2700K system and
PCIe 2.0 slots. And all the latest games fully maxed out with excellent frame-rates.
There are GTX 970's out there that only require one plug, but if you are looking for SILENCE, there are only two: the ASUS and MSI GTX 970. They both
turn the fans OFF until the temperature exceeds a preset value (which you can modify). They are also the quietest cards available, but MSI is the
quietest, slightly better performer, and has the best reviews.
You can listen to the fans of all the GTX 970's in the video at the following link:
I have the MSI and I never hear it, even while playing graphic-intensive games. Love this card.
edit on 9-4-2016 by _BoneZ_ because: (no reason given)