Can a processor be slowing down a graphics card?

By Cliffi ยท 6 replies
Dec 31, 2008
  1. Hello.

    I recently upgraded my graphic card from a 8600 GTS to a HD4850.
    My processor is a Pentium D 940, 3.2 Ghz.

    I haven't seen big improvements on fps etc. in games, and when surfing the internet I've seen people getting much higher fps in games, such as crysis, with the same card.

    I'm not a "nerd" in this subject, but i wonder if my processor aint good enough for my gfx?

    If that's true, I've been thinking about upgrading to a C2D E8400.
    Would this be a sufficient choice for my HD4850?

    My motherboard is an AsRock 4Core1600Twins-P35 .
  2. Drowsiness

    Drowsiness TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Yes, a processor CAN bottleneck a video card. But, so can running a low resolution (lower resolutions tend to push the processor instead of the GPU).
  3. Cliffi

    Cliffi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I always run my resolution at 1440x900 which is my original resolution.
    But would it be ok to upgrade my processor to a E8400?
    Would it match my motherboard and graphic card?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    Your motherboard is a bit weak. If your serious about graphics improvement, spend some money on a better motherboard
  5. direwolf007

    direwolf007 TS Rookie Posts: 105

    His motherboard is perfectly fine, as long as he doesn't want to run a CF setup, which will get crippled by the second X4 slot.
  6. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    I'd say your CPU, if anything, if the weak part.
  7. Cliffi

    Cliffi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, I'll invest in a E8400 then.
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