- Mar 10, 2004
Where does this leave 8C/16T Zen?TechPowerUp highlights just how severe the CPU bottleneck is now becoming at "lower" resolutions such as 1440p. Even Skylake i7 6700K 4.5Ghz cannot keep up with 1080 SLI.
This is the difference between buying PC parts for bragging rights (I spent more $$$ on hardware so I am a "PC enthusiast") and being a true PC enthusiast.
A true PC enthusiast who prioritizes gaming performance will admit that i7 6700K @ 4.8Ghz and DDR4 4000-4133 will smash a 4.4Ghz i7 6950X with DDR4 3000 and get the cheaper but faster platform. And of course there are already Z170 boards (1, 2) that can support DDR4 4500mhz.
It's good to see NV actually call out the truth and recommend PC gamers buy the fastest gaming CPU to extract maximum performance out of the 1080 SLI/Titan P (etc.).
By the time we are into Volta generation, CPU bottlenecking will be even more severe. This is why both AMD/NV are pushing 1440p 144-200Hz, HDR, 4K/5K gaming. 1080p 60Hz gaming is becoming a completely outdated concept for the level of graphics cards that are coming out now and unless games start becoming a lot more advanced, 1080p 60hz gaming will be laughable by 2018 when a $400 card will be as fast as a GTX1080Ti. GPU hardware is now starting to outpace software as we enter the 2nd half of the current console generation. We've seen the exact same scenario play out towards the last 3 years of PS360 generation.