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Graphics 5700 XT + i5 3750k @ 4.3Ghz

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by grimerking, 9 Jul 2020.

  1. grimerking

    grimerking Member

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    Hi,

    My PC is getting on a bit. I'm still using an R9 290X (watercooled) that I added in 2014. I've been gaming a lot more in lockdown and have just bought (courtesy of my employer) a new AOC CQ32G1 monitor which is capable of 144Hz.

    I mainly play shooters and am currently quite into Warzone and CoD MW mutiplayer.

    I'd like to be able to hit a minimum frame rate of 120fps+ to take advantage of the monitor's freesync capabilities.

    With my current GPU and CoD multiplayer running at 1280 x 720, with all options set to low, I'm getting 70-144fps (with vsync on). The average is probably around 80-90 fps.

    I'm thinking about buying a 5700 XT.

    Do you think I'm currently CPU limited in CoD at such low settings? Do you think a 5700 XT would actually boost the fps at all?

    If it didn't boost the fps, do you think I'd be able to play at 1440p with higher settings and still maintain the current fps or does a higher resolution always include a CPU overhead that reduces fps?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    My 3570k @ 4.6GHz was limiting my GTX1080, which is a bit ahead of that 5700XT, so you'll probably want to think about a CPU upgrade to get the most from it. Seems to perform quite wel lin most things. You're probably going to be looking at more like 80fps with high settings though.
     
  3. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    You'll probably see a benefit over the 290x but a 3570k will choke a 5700XT, even when overclocked.
     
  4. grimerking

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    Thanks. My itchy trigger finger got the better of me and I've ordered a 5700 XT. It should be delivered tomorrow, so I'll be able to report back.
     
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  5. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    At the very least, OC your CPU to mitigate the bottleneck.
     
  6. grimerking

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    My CPU won't go any higher than 4.3 GHz.
     
  7. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Well, your next cpu/mobo upgrade is gonna feel really good, because it'll unlock the extra performance in the GPU that your current setup is hiding from you.

    All together now: "always look on the bright side of life". :)
     
  8. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    I'm not sold on CPU upgrade unlocks existing GPU performance. Of course, my use case is different than OP's.

    I had i7 2700k overclocked to 4.5 GHz and GTX 970. There were VR games that are unplayable with 970. So upgraded to Ryzen 5 3600. During the brief 2 days before second hand 1070 Ti arrived, I didn't notice any improvement in VR, unplayable games are still unplayable, other games are still performing the same (VR framerate is locked). If I didn't upgrade CPU and only upgraded GPU, I think it should still manage okay.

    Granted, OP is chasing FPS, so upgrading CPU should unlock a few extra frames, in theory. Whether those frames are noticeable is another matter.



    On the other hand, there are HUGE gains to be had for all other CPU related tasks. I noticed HUGE improvement in video and photo editing responsiveness and export speeds.
     
  9. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    I saw a 15-20% improvement on my GTX1080 moving from a 3570k @ 4.6GHz to a 6800k then this 3600. I think that 970 is just not bottlenecked, so you didn't see a difference.
     
  10. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    I don't think you've grasped the OP's problem. The 970 isn't remotely in the same league as a 5700XT, and the 2700K has twice the thread count of the 3570K. If your current CPU isn't bottle-necking your GPU then a new CPU won't make a massive difference. That is clearly not the case with his PC.
     

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