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Not happy with new HD 6870 graphics card


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#1 burieddave1983

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:26 AM

I just replaced my EVGA GTX 550 Ti 1GB card with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1 GB card yesterday.

After removing the Nvidia drivers and installing the newest AMD drivers, I went ahead and fired up Skyrim. The first thing I found strange was that the game detected my 6870 and defaulted the settings to high. With the 550 Ti, it defaulted to ultra.

Then after starting the game, I noticed right away that the game didn't look as good and wasn't running as smoothly as it did on the 550 Ti. I ran Fraps and was only getting ~25 FPS in open areas and ~10-15 FPS in crowded areas/during combat. I went into settings and turned antialiasing all the way off, turned off FXAA, and turned shadow detail down. With those settings I'm getting around 60 FPS consistently.

With the 550 Ti I had antialiasing on, FXAA on, and high shadow detail and the game was running great. Now with the 6870 which I thought was a superior card, I have to turn down the settings for playable gameplay.

I'm confused. Any help?

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HP 22" monitor @ 1680x1050
Intel G620 dual core 2.60 GHz (will be moving up to an i5 soon)
Sapphire HD 6870 1GB
6GB RAM
Windows 7 64 bit
Thermaltake TR-2 600W PSU
Seagate 7200RPM 1TB HDD

Edited by burieddave1983, 29 March 2012 - 05:27 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:41 PM

Do you have the latest drivers installed? that can cause issues if the drivers are out of date-which if you used the CD that came with the card, they would be out of date.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:20 AM

Do you have the latest drivers installed? that can cause issues if the drivers are out of date-which if you used the CD that came with the card, they would be out of date.


I didn't touch the CD. I downloaded the latest drivers from AMD's site, Catalyst 2.3

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:48 AM

Have you tried reinstalling the game? Worth a shot, considering the video card upgrade.

Also, give the AMD Catalyst Application Profiles a try.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

Have you tried reinstalling the game? Worth a shot, considering the video card upgrade.

Also, give the AMD Catalyst Application Profiles a try.


No, I didn't try that but you're right, worth a shot. I wouldn't lose my game saves, would I? That would be bad bad bad news considering I have 32 hours into the game!

I also tried Crysis 2 and wasn't happy with the performance. Things look good on Fallout 3 and Battlefield 3 though.

Someone on another forum mentioned that NVidia cards work better at resolutions lower than 1920x1080 than AMD cards do and that getting a 1920x1080 display would help me out. Any idea if there's any truth to that? I know my other issue is that my processor isn't up to snuff, but I'm just not quite ready get to bite the bullet and buy a quad core i5 or i7.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:45 PM

Yes you would but theres usually a way to back your saves up

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:05 AM

With AMD gpus, they don't perform that well when FXAA or anti-aliasing is turned on which is why reviews do both test when they are turned off and on.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:08 PM

Killer-my 4890s handle both FXAA and anti-aliasing just fine, and most reviewers I know of AMD GPUs do indeed, test with those on, if they dont test all the features, then the person doing the reviewing is not a professional and I would not trust the reviewer. I would suspect the problem here is a driver issue of some sort, AMD/ATI has never been known for having excellent drivers. if reinstalling the game doesnt work then I would try an older driver and CCC, (not the original) and play with 2 or 3 different versions.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:26 PM

Killer-my 4890s handle both FXAA and anti-aliasing just fine, and most reviewers I know of AMD GPUs do indeed, test with those on, if they dont test all the features, then the person doing the reviewing is not a professional and I would not trust the reviewer. I would suspect the problem here is a driver issue of some sort, AMD/ATI has never been known for having excellent drivers. if reinstalling the game doesnt work then I would try an older driver and CCC, (not the original) and play with 2 or 3 different versions.

That varies on game but i see a lot of the time that Nvidia gpu's perform better the AMD gpu when the FXAA and anti-aliasing is on. To be honest with you, AMD/ATI drivers has been perfect for me over the years since i switched over to AMD gpus :heart:

Edited by killerx525, 01 April 2012 - 10:27 PM.

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