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April 5, 2013 12:37:49 PM

Alright i just got my new MSI 650 ti boost today and i'm kinda disappointed right now. I only get 3-4more fps than my old 4870 in every games and it cannot be possible. In every game i tried; LoL, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs even freaking Witcher 1, i get 50% usage gpu at max. But when i use heaven benchmarks i use all my gpu%. I really need your help because it's really depressing right now.

Here's my specs.

E8400 3.0ghz ( i tried 3.6ghz but no difference)
1280x1024 resolution
500w PSU
8gig ram
p5ql pro motherboard
April 5, 2013 12:46:13 PM

You must have a bottleneck from the cpu(and low resolutions do not exactly push the card that hard), even overclocked.

Remember the 4870 was a hit better then the 5770 and the 650ti is a bit better...boost a bit more).

Ensure you are on the latest drivers and maybe try different game settings.

Some games simple do not push the video card as hard.

Are you maxing out your cpu?
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April 5, 2013 12:54:38 PM

nukemaster said:
You must have a bottleneck from the cpu(and low resolutions do not exactly push the card that hard), even overclocked.

Remember the 4870 was a hit better then the 5770 and the 650ti is a bit better...boost a bit more).

Ensure you are on the latest drivers and maybe try different game settings.

Some games simple do not push the video card as hard.

Are you maxing out your cpu?


How do i know if my cpu is maxed out? And if it is, is it a bad thing? And isn't weird that i get almost no fps gain from such a hugee upgrade? And yes i huge the latest drivers.

Thanks for helping me btw.
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April 5, 2013 1:14:29 PM

Check the task manager. If a game can use all cores, you should be close to 100% while in game.

Maxing out the cpu does not hurt it(it is made to be able to run full out if needed).

It seems strange, but lets say your 4870 was already able to handle all your games at your resolution as far as the cpu would allow then even a faster card will not go much more.

I have a 4870, 5770, and 650 ti(not boost but 993mhz). Now I did not see a huge improvement from the 5770 to the 650 ti for the games I have tried on it(and i honestly bought it for its power/noise/performance ratio in my media pc.).

Some games are actually close from card to card as well.
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April 5, 2013 1:18:22 PM

umm no one saw he playing at 1280x1024 resolution, the only suggestion I would have it too try to the your games at Max/ultra setting but still at that low resolution it not taxing your card.
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April 5, 2013 1:37:20 PM

nukemaster said:
Check the task manager. If a game can use all cores, you should be close to 100% while in game.

Maxing out the cpu does not hurt it(it is made to be able to run full out if needed).

It seems strange, but lets say your 4870 was already able to handle all your games at your resolution as far as the cpu would allow then even a faster card will not go much more.

I have a 4870, 5770, and 650 ti(not boost but 993mhz). Now I did not see a huge improvement from the 5770 to the 650 ti for the games I have tried on it(and i honestly bought it for its power/noise/performance ratio in my media pc.).

Some games are actually close from card to card as well.


I think i'm just gonna return it. There is no way i'm gonna pay $200 ( im from Canada) for a gpu with almost no gain at all.

Thanks for helping me.
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April 5, 2013 2:39:25 PM

I would say send the money on a new monitor you should be abe to get one better than yours (1080p) for half the cost of the card. Then save the rest of the money for a new card down the line. Or just buy a new monitor now and keep the card.
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April 5, 2013 2:42:06 PM

ikaz said:
I would say send the money on a new monitor you should be abe to get one better than yours (1080p) for half the cost of the card. Then save the rest of the money for a new card down the line. Or just buy a new monitor now and keep the card.


Damn i have a hard time understanding you haha. So a new monitor will use more % of my GPU? And will a gain more fps down the line?
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April 5, 2013 3:09:30 PM

I just found out that if is use all ultra setting on Tomb Raider, i use 99% of my gpu and my boost clock goes to 1250( yea i oc'ed it). But when i lower down the graphics, the clock goes to 1032 and the gpu usage to 40%.

Is this normal?
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April 5, 2013 3:18:35 PM

Yes.

When you increase the resolution(and max out settings) the video card works harder. so you place more load on the video card. This makes the video card the bottleneck.

In a well balanced system, both devices are fast enough to reach close to top load(because they match each other in performance). vs lets say using a high end i7 system with a 4350 video card. In that case, the 4350 would shoot to 100% load and the cpu would not have much work to do.

At current, the card you have is being.
A. held back by the cpu's age
B. not working hard enough because the load is lower(game settings and resolution. also the cards extra memory[if your 4870 is 512 megabytes] does not have to be used at the screen resolution either.).

This WILL VARY from game to game for sure. Some use more video while others hit the cpu harder.

I would lastly like to point out that a GTX 650 is a mid level card vs the 4870 that was once a high end card.

With a faster cpu, the 650 ti(my non boost was 119 after rebate at ncix.com) would be better for sure, but If you want higher end gaming in the future the 660 is a good bit faster.
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April 5, 2013 3:31:14 PM

nukemaster said:
Yes.

When you increase the resolution(and max out settings) the video card works harder. so you place more load on the video card. This makes the video card the bottleneck.

In a well balanced system, both devices are fast enough to reach close to top load(because they match each other in performance). vs lets say using a high end i7 system with a 4350 video card. In that case, the 4350 would shoot to 100% load and the cpu would not have much work to do.

At current, the card you have is being.
A. held back by the cpu's age
B. not working hard enough because the load is lower(game settings and resolution. also the cards extra memory[if your 4870 is 512 megabytes] does not have to be used at the screen resolution either.).

This WILL VARY from game to game for sure. Some use more video while others hit the cpu harder.

I would lastly like to point out that a GTX 650 is a mid level card vs the 4870 that was once a high end card.

With a faster cpu, the 650 ti(my non boost was 119 after rebate at ncix.com) would be better for sure, but If you want higher end gaming in the future the 660 is a good bit faster.


Yea i understand now. The problem is if i want to upgrade the cpu, i'm gonna have to upgrade the mobo,psu and case. So yea being a pc users sucks :( 
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April 5, 2013 3:58:56 PM

Sorry was I just trying to say that at your current setting your not taxing your video card your hitting a CPU/Resolution/system bottleneck. I was assuming your monitor can't go any higher that the 12x10 resolution. If your monitor can go higher or if you get a better monitor thats say 16x10 or 19x10 you would see your video card usage go up. I would say that your next upgrade should be a better monitor so you can enjoy a better picture.
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April 5, 2013 4:18:05 PM

ikaz said:
Sorry was I just trying to say that at your current setting your not taxing your video card your hitting a CPU/Resolution/system bottleneck. I was assuming your monitor can't go any higher that the 12x10 resolution. If your monitor can go higher or if you get a better monitor thats say 16x10 or 19x10 you would see your video card usage go up. I would say that your next upgrade should be a better monitor so you can enjoy a better picture.


More clear now :) . Thanks for helping me
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