Buying a better graphics card usually means improving performance and FPS. However, not everyone is going to see the same improvement. That’s because of bottlenecking. If you don’t know what it means, the long story short is : your computer is always gonna be as performant as your weakest component. Using the classic OSHKO selection of games, we ran some benchmarks and got you some numbers.
- Battlefield 5
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare
- Apex Legends
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Bottlenecking a NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070 SUPER
To get a comparison, let’s upgrade the NVIDIA Gefore RTX 2060 Super 8GB to an NVIDIA Gefore RTX 2070 Super 8GB . Both cards are STRIX edition by ASUS. Our computer for these tests is sporting a Intel Core 9th gen i5 9600k and 16Go of Corsair Vengeance 3000Mhz.
That’s a nice 7% to 8% improvement. But is this the biggest improvement we can get when upgrading to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB from a NVIDIA GeForce 2060 Super 8GB?
To enlighten our curiosity, we went ahead and ran the same tests, but this time, using a faster CPU, the Intel Core 9th gen i7 9700k.
What the results are showing is interesting. We’ve got better improvements when upgrading our graphic cards on an i7 VS upgrading with an i5. When the performance of a component (in this case, the RTX 2070 super) is limited by another one (the Intel Core i5), we have what is called ”bottlenecking” your computer. By using a faster processor while upgrading our graphics card, we just went from 7% to 13% improvement using the exact same graphic cards. That is almost 2X the improvement.