Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

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Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby ENunn » 2017-1-14 @ 22:24

My Compaq Presario 5000 US is kinda poopy when playing games. It has a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4. I upgraded the video card to a GeForce FX 5900 XT (originally it was an FX 5200). I'm not sure if its either a CPU or GPU bottleneck OR the computer is just slow. I might swap out the hard drive and reinstall Windows.

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Full specs:
Intel Pentium 4 @ 1.6 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT (originally an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200)
Compaq 0785h Motherboard
128 MB Video Memory
512 MB DDR RAM (two 256 MB 200 MHz sticks)
WDC WD800AB-60CBA0b 74.53 GB IDE Hard Drive

3dMark2001 benchmarks are OK...I think. Not sure.

Here's a video of the benchmark:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sBrEY79ZE4

Could it just be a bottleneck or is it just a slow computer?
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby mrau » 2017-1-14 @ 22:47

the gpu is powerful, but the rest of the system lags behind
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Kropotkin » 2017-1-14 @ 23:48

The Intel Pentium 4 is a bit slow.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Davros » 2017-1-15 @ 00:09

At the time the 5900 was released the fastest p4 would of been a 3ghz northwood (possibly)
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby leileilol » 2017-1-15 @ 10:12

The P4 you have here even bottlenecks a Geforce2 GTS. Keep looking
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Qbix » 2017-1-15 @ 10:26

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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Darkman » 2017-1-15 @ 10:39

the card would be better with something more along the lines of a higher end Athlon.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby PhilsComputerLab » 2017-1-15 @ 10:43

Using very high AA could make this card useful, but a better CPU would still be something I recommend.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby mr_bigmouth_502 » 2017-1-15 @ 14:31

Pentium 4s are basically useless below 2.4GHz or so.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby mrau » 2017-1-15 @ 14:41

mr_bigmouth_502 wrote:Pentium 4s are basically useless below 2.4GHz or so.

not true, i have seen an egg cooked on one of them
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Tetrium » 2017-1-15 @ 18:10

mr_bigmouth_502 wrote:Pentium 4s are basically useless below 2.4GHz or so.

It may be interesting if it's a s423 with Rambus though.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby agent_x007 » 2017-1-15 @ 18:27

I think first CPU that utilises Northwood core is Pentium 4 2,0A (for PGA 478).
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby SPBHM » 2017-1-15 @ 18:44

not sure about the first, but the P4 1.6GHz Northwood was a thing and it was very popular for OC, I never heard of anyone failing to reach 2.4GHz with it.

P4 1.6GHz is more Geforce 3 ti territory than Geforce FX, but it all depends on what you expect, if you are going to run older games at very high res it might be a solid choice,
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Standard Def Steve » 2017-1-15 @ 23:45

SPBHM wrote:not sure about the first, but the P4 1.6GHz Northwood was a thing and it was very popular for OC, I never heard of anyone failing to reach 2.4GHz with it.

P4 1.6GHz is more Geforce 3 ti territory than Geforce FX, but it all depends on what you expect, if you are going to run older games at very high res it might be a solid choice,

Based on that Youtube video showing 3DMark performance, I'm guessing it's a Willamette. :-P
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby swaaye » 2017-1-16 @ 00:48

Good card for 1600x1200 with old games. CPU will get the job done.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Carlos S. M. » 2017-1-16 @ 00:52

Standard Def Steve wrote:
SPBHM wrote:not sure about the first, but the P4 1.6GHz Northwood was a thing and it was very popular for OC, I never heard of anyone failing to reach 2.4GHz with it.

P4 1.6GHz is more Geforce 3 ti territory than Geforce FX, but it all depends on what you expect, if you are going to run older games at very high res it might be a solid choice,

Based on that Youtube video showing 3DMark performance, I'm guessing it's a Willamette. :-P


Probably, i could crank around 8700 3DMarks using an 1.5 Ghz P4 Willamette, RAMBUS and a Geforce 7600GT AGP
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Rhuwyn » 2017-1-16 @ 07:02

I've got a 5000 series myself with a 1.6 P4. I have a hard time not having at least dual cores for Windows XP and newer. This system is dirt slow with all the updates. I am thinking of just putting a Geforce 2 MX in it and selling it as a High end Windows 98 or 2000 machine. Anything newer then a Geforce 3 or a Geforce 4 MX would be a complete waste.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Putas » 2017-1-16 @ 07:50

ENunn wrote:Will X have a bottleneck with a Y or vice-versa?


These questions are meaningless when we don't know what you will do with it.
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Jade Falcon » 2017-1-16 @ 08:00

The cpu will definitely hold the card back. How much of a bottleneck you see depends on what your doing.

If your playing a have like quake3 or ut99 and older it will be fine.
Try to play a newer game like doom 3 then your have problems
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Re: Will a GeForce FX 5900xt have a bottleneck with a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or vice-versa?

Postby Tetrium » 2017-1-16 @ 08:43

Rhuwyn wrote:I've got a 5000 series myself with a 1.6 P4. I have a hard time not having at least dual cores for Windows XP and newer. This system is dirt slow with all the updates. I am thinking of just putting a Geforce 2 MX in it and selling it as a High end Windows 98 or 2000 machine. Anything newer then a Geforce 3 or a Geforce 4 MX would be a complete waste.

For older rigs running with XP I typically don't bother going beyond, say, SP2 and often I'll use a slipstreamed version which is tweaked for better performance on slower rigs.
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