Question Would a Ryzen 5 1600 Bottleneck a RTX 3060?

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The title says it all.



Specs: Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, 16GB @2133 (My motherboard had a stroke when I put it to 3200). ASRock B450M Pro4 Motherboard, Asus ROG RX 570 8GB, Sabrent Rocket 512GB SSD, and EVGA 500W BQ PSU.


Thank you all in advance!
 
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I would be playing games from Warzone to Minecraft. All at Medium-ish settings. The 3060 would pretty much just be for better frames, not better looks.
 
Would this be 1080p?

The best FFP you can achieve will be determined by the cpu & RAM. The gpu determines at what resolution and game settings you can achieve that FPS at. Well at least roughly.

You also need to get your RAM running at a higher speed. 2133mhz will be crippling the cpu. With a first gen Ryzen you may not get over 2933mhz, can you try running that.
 
1080p, yeah. So you're saying the RAM would bottleneck the CPU more than the CPU would bottleneck the 3060??
I avoided using the term bottleneck as it’s very misused. A 1600 and 3060 could be a good match at 1080p. Sure some or even most games will get higher fps on a faster cpu and RAM but doesn’t mean you cannot run them together. Every system has a ‘bottleneck’ or limiting factor other the performance would be unlimited.

However RAM at 2133mhz will significantly limit the performance of that cpu.
 
Alright, so you suggest I do 2666 or 2933??
I’d try 2933mhz using DOCP, then if that doesn’t work then try 2666mhz. If you cannot get 2933mhz stable but can get 2666mhz then you could try increasing the DRAM voltage to 1.450v. If the voltage makes it stable then slowly decreasing the voltage 0.010v at a time to find the minimum stable voltage.
 
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I’d try 2933mhz using DOCP, then if that doesn’t work then try 2666mhz. If you cannot get 2933mhz stable but can get 2666mhz then you could try increasing the DRAM voltage to 1.450v. If the voltage makes it stable then slowly decreasing the voltage 0.010v at a time to find the minimum stable voltage.
Sounds scary lol. I'll see what happens. This can't damage my hardware, right?
 
Sounds scary lol. I'll see what happens. This can't damage my hardware, right?
If you change the voltage be careful not to go over 1.450v by mistake, apart from that it’s safe. Worst case is you can clear CMOS which puts everything back to stock settings. I currently run 1.410v overclocking my 3200mhz to 3600mhz but that’s with a 3700x. Apart from that the RAM was designed to run at 3200mhz but the first gen CPU’s often had problems with anything over 2933mhz. You are just trying to find the fastest stable settings.
 

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