Intel / AMD CPU Bottleneck list for GTX 1080

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Will your Intel (i7, i5, i3) or AMD’s CPU good enough to support the latest NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 graphics card? A bottleneck is when your graphic card cannot perform its full potential because it is way too fast for your CPU, this will put a limit on the gaming performance. Why? For example, when your graphic cards is rendering a frame up to 120fps while your CPU can only manage to render 60fps – your CPU will have trouble rendering these frame that can cause gaming issues because of this limitation.

Here are the list chart of CPU’s that are bottleneck for your GTX 1080.

* Excellent is no bottleneck issue and Poor is bottleneck.

6th Gen Intel i7 6950x, 6900K, 6850K, 6700K, 6700, 6600KExcellent
6th Gen Intel i5 6600, 6500, 6400, 6300Good
5th Gen Intel i7 5960X, 5930K, 5820K, 5775RExcellent
5th Gen Intel i5 5675RGood
4th Gen Intel i7 4960X, 4930K, 4820K, 4790K, 4790, 4790S, 4470K, 4471, 4770, 4470S, 4470Excellent
4th Gen Intel i5 4690K, 4690, 4690S, 4670K, 4670, 4590S, 4590, 4670S, 4670, 4570S, 4570, 4440S, 4440, 4430S, 4430Good
4th Gen Intel i3 4370, 4360, 4350, 4340, 4330, 4170, 4170, 4160, 4150, 4130Poor
3rd Gen Intel i7 3970X, 3960XExcellent
3rd Gen Intel i7 3930, 3820, 3770K, 3770, 3770SGood
3rd Gen Intel i5 3570K, 3570, 3570S, 3470, 3470S, 3450, 3450S, 3340, 3340S, 3330, 3330SFair
3rd Gen Intel i3 3250, 3245, 3240, 3225, 3220, 3210Poor
2nd Gen Intel i7 2600, 2600k, 2700k, 2600sPoor
2nd Gen Intel i5 2300, 2310, 2320, 2380P, 2400, 2450, 2500, 2500K, 2550K, 2400S, 2405S, 2500S, 2500TPoor
2nd Gen Intel i3 2100, 2102, 2105, 2120, 2125, 2130, 2100T, 2120TPoor
1st Gen i7 920, 930, 940, 950, 960, 965 Extreme Edition, 975 Extreme EditionPoor
1st Gen i5 770, 760, 750SPoor
1st Gen i3 530, 540, 550, 560Poor

If your monitor is running at 60Hz and got Excellent, Good or Fair score , you have nothing to worry about bottleneck issue you can still play games very smooth as it. But if you have a 144Hz monitor you really have to upgrade your CPU to get the full potential of your rig.

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  • Spawnr Leiva February 13, 2017 5:27 am

    Please add the AMD list. 🙁


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