How do I do some technical support on a daily basis, and I help a lot of people in choosing components when building new computers or upgrading several machines that still have a lot to give. I often hear the following question… “Is it worthwhile to change the processor or graphics card? Am I not going to have a bottleneck? ”
- Bottleneck – Occurs when the capacity of an application or a computer system is limited by a single component. (Read more on here)
Well, first of all, you need to understand what a Bottleneck is!
This funny term is based on the neck of any simple bottle, whose basic function is to limit the amount of liquid that comes out when we want to fill our glass.
In other words, it is sometimes possible to have a ‘bottleneck’ on our PC, depending on the components we’ve chosen or that have gotten us in the ‘raffle’! In other words, it is possible to have one component limiting the performance of another (or others). This happens many times when we have a very powerful graphics card with a low-end processor or too old to take due performance.
How do I know that there is Bottleneck on my PC? Or how can I choose the parts of my PC to avoid this phenomenon?
This phenomenon occurs mainly in the Graphics Card + Processor relationship. That is, the CPU cannot keep up with the power of the GPU. It is super normal to see this in unbalanced builds (like the image above), or on old PCs that have been recently updated by the user.
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So? What happens when I have a ‘bottleneck’ on my PC?
The most normal thing is to see the processor close to 100% full load (95% ~ 99%), while the graphics card is basically in the shade of the banana tree drinking a little while remaining at its ~ 30 ~ 50 %% load.
That's why I advocate balanced systems, like combining a Ryzen 3600 with a GTX 1660 Ti, which is a match made in heaven. Incidentally, AMD's mid-range king is even able to go a step further, by being able to easily handle an RTX 2060/2070 or RX 5600 XT / 5700 XT.
However, if you happen to have a bigger budget and want to rock the 1440p with more than 120FPS or want to play in 4K (or VR). It may be a good idea to opt for a more powerful processor.
However, if you have a more limited budget and have to choose a GTX 1650 with GDDR5 memory, a CPU like the Intel i3-9100F is more than enough to power this GTX 1060 with another name.
Ryzen 5 3600 + GTX 1660 Ti – Is there a Bottleneck? – Besides, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.