Question Question about I5

Jwalkaflocka3

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Im currently running a i5 7600k at stock with a MSI 1080 on a 1440p 144hz monitor. Is this setup a major bottleneck? Is a upgrade most likely required or will I be fine for the most part?
 

Phaaze88

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It depends on the games you play. Monitor the usage of each core in Msi Afterburner.
Do you notice all the cores sitting at 100%? Or perhaps, even just a couple - this is all it really takes to run into a cpu limitation.
You should test this in most of your games, as the behavior won't be identical.
 

Jwalkaflocka3

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It depends on the games you play. Monitor the usage of each core in Msi Afterburner.
Do you notice all the cores sitting at 100%? Or perhaps, even just a couple - this is all it really takes to run into a cpu limitation.
You should test this in most of your games, as the behavior won't be identical.
Yeah I do notice that, but the thing is since im playing at 1440p ultra in a lot of games my gpu is at 100% as well....so I guess thats a positive? but yeah sometimes the cores are at 100% in games...
 

Phaaze88

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Also I just use HWmonitor cause I like the layout of it
That's fine too. I personally prefer the real time graph of Afterburner. I can play a game for 10mins, alt-tab out, and see more clearly what happened to the cpu cores over a period of time, whereas the other program simply refreshes the page over and over.

Yeah I do notice that, but the thing is since im playing at 1440p ultra in a lot of games my gpu is at 100% as well....so I guess thats a positive?
If you're satisfied with the fps you're getting, then yes. If not, then turn the settings down to high, or medium.

...but yeah sometimes the cores are at 100% in games...
If you're seeing 100% cpu usage in those games even on ultra graphics, then you indeed have a cpu limitation. Turning down the graphics won't fix that. The game most likely uses more threads than your current cpu can provide - thus a cpu upgrade...
But only if you're not satisfied with the results. If it's not bothering you too much, then you don't need to interfere yet.
 

logainofhades

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In modern titles, yes it will be a bottleneck, due to being only a 4c/4t CPU. Easy option, is to drop in a 7700k, but that can be a bit expensive. Better option would be to upgrade to 3rd gen ryzen 5/7, or an 8th/9th gen i7.
 

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