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#1 Spectro

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 01:37 PM

I've had poor game performance all year in multiple games. I meet all the system requirements. I've installed the latest drivers. Here's the strangest thing: I get the same amount of FPS in low settings as in high settings.

I've posted for support in two other forums and I've gotten no replies. Hopefully this place will yield better results.

At this point it might not even be the gpu. Just in case I have:
defragged many times
chkdsk
memtest
reformatted
updated drivers
cleaned out dust
tested temps
had a friend check voltages

I guess I need to determine if it's the card or not and then go from there.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:08 PM

What are your specs (CPU, amount of RAM, graphics card)? What games are you playing? What settings are you playing it at (resolution, detail settings, etc)?

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:20 PM

AMD Phenom X4 9500 Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (mobo)
4GB RAM
Radeon HD 4890
Win7 x64

I've tried the lowest resolutions and settings possible, with no change in performance.

Off the top of my head, these are the games I'm having problems with: Team Fortress 2, Dragon Age, Starcraft II, Global Agenda

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:23 PM

How are you measuring your framerate? Are you using FRAPS?

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:46 PM

Yes. But even without fraps, I get the same choppy performance.

I've also used Xfire's FPS counter.

Edited by Spectro, 07 August 2010 - 02:46 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2010 - 03:09 PM

Those are respectable specs, the only game I could foresee having problems would be SC2 at max settings. Lower resolutions are more CPU limited. What do you normally run at? 1280x1024? 1680x1050?

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 04:03 PM

Those are respectable specs, the only game I could foresee having problems would be SC2 at max settings. Lower resolutions are more CPU limited. What do you normally run at? 1280x1024? 1680x1050?

Usually 1680x1050. I've tried 1024x768 and basically I'm getting lower quality with no change in performance.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 04:08 PM

What about your 3D settings in CCC? Did you change those at all?

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 07:24 PM

No, they are all set to default.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 07:40 PM

If you use a program like GPU-Z to monitor the GPU load and clock speeds, do they change when you enter a game?

The 4890 will run at a lower clock speed in 2D. Once 3D is detected it clocks to full speed. GPU-Z will show this and also show the load on the GPU.




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