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Gaming Performance w/ i7 3770k and GTX680

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April 6, 2013 12:03:49 AM

Hello,

I've been using this message board a ton lately to gather info about troubleshooting my current rig and finally have come to the conclusion that I should probably just directly ask instead of filtering through the numerous other posts I've seen that sort of hint at my questions.

First, my current setup:

CPU: Intel i7 3770k currently overlocked to 4.5ghz
GPU: EVGA Nvidia GTX680 4GB
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth z77
RAM: 16 GB G.Skill DDR 3 1333hz
PSU: Coolmax 550 or 650 ( I don't remember)

Second, My problem:

I fully expected upon upgrading the CPU/GPU that I would be able to run the newest generation of games at full graphic (ultra or very high) with completely smooth frame rate. What I'm finding, however, is that on most games, like Metro 2033 for example, I get some very choppy framerate most of the time. I'm not sure what I'm lacking or what I need to add to my rig in order to square that away but essentially I want to be able to run any game that's coming out for the next year all the way up, no questions asked. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Andre
April 6, 2013 12:46:36 AM

How about if I run metro tomorrow and let you know what I'm getting ? I don't have a copy to test atm, but BF3 on ultra and 64 player maps DROPS to 80 FPS at 1920 x 1080, it avg. 100 FPS. I run my CPU stock, but I'll try it stock and OC as soon as I can.
April 6, 2013 12:59:11 AM

DLing demo now, before I run it...That is one awful quality power supply, no offense intended. I wonder if it can't supply the juice under load when you run metro. Will run demo and tell you what I get.
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April 6, 2013 1:41:19 AM

Yeah, it stutters some. At stock 3.5 ghz 50fps indoors and 80-100 outside so far using Fraps on demo version. Will OC and reboot.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 2:22:36 AM

First of all I would like to state that way too many people put too much emphasis on 'high fps', while in fact it doesn't really matter all that much.



I could go over the specifics with you but I'd feel much better letting someone else explain.

These guides have proven very usefull to me in the past and I highly suggest reading through them atleast once if you are truely interrested in getting the most bang out of your pc/game:



general gamer's graphics guide:

http://www.tweakguides.com/Graphics_1.html

Nvidia specific setup guide:
http://www.geforce.com/optimize
http://www.tweakguides.com/NVFORCE_1.html

April 6, 2013 2:27:23 AM

bigcyco1 said:
First of all I would like to state that way too many people put too much emphasis on 'high fps', while in fact it doesn't really matter all that much.



I could go over the specifics with you but I'd feel much better letting someone else explain.

These guides have proven very usefull to me in the past and I highly suggest reading through them atleast once if you are truely interrested in getting the most bang out of your pc/game:



general gamer's graphics guide:

http://www.tweakguides.com/Graphics_1.html

Nvidia specific setup guide:
http://www.geforce.com/optimize
http://www.tweakguides.com/NVFORCE_1.html



True, but with his current setup, he shouldn't need to tweak settings on any game yet IMO.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 2:38:13 AM

royalcrown said:
bigcyco1 said:
First of all I would like to state that way too many people put too much emphasis on 'high fps', while in fact it doesn't really matter all that much.



I could go over the specifics with you but I'd feel much better letting someone else explain.

These guides have proven very usefull to me in the past and I highly suggest reading through them atleast once if you are truely interrested in getting the most bang out of your pc/game:



general gamer's graphics guide:

http://www.tweakguides.com/Graphics_1.html

Nvidia specific setup guide:
http://www.geforce.com/optimize
http://www.tweakguides.com/NVFORCE_1.html



True, but with his current setup, he shouldn't need to tweak settings on any game yet IMO.
I know he shouldn't but since he is complaining i figured he might want to check that out.

April 7, 2013 4:50:38 PM

So after reading through the links, I'm wondering if part of my problem might be that I'm playing using the PC input on my TV. I've used vsync on several of the games that have issues because of the amount of tearing I see on the screen. I'm going to try it out on a normal 22" monitor to see if the performance increases.

I was also considering upgrading my RAM to >1600 but am not quite sure that would really increase performance much if at all.
April 7, 2013 4:56:27 PM

That is what I run my ram at and it doesen't make any difference in real life. Oh, when my frames per second dropped way down, it was still pretty smooth, seemed like it just freezes or gets jumpy indoors for a split second.

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April 7, 2013 5:19:23 PM
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andreb2019 said:
So after reading through the links, I'm wondering if part of my problem might be that I'm playing using the PC input on my TV. I've used vsync on several of the games that have issues because of the amount of tearing I see on the screen. I'm going to try it out on a normal 22" monitor to see if the performance increases.

I was also considering upgrading my RAM to >1600 but am not quite sure that would really increase performance much if at all.
Have you try using Adaptive VSync If you do decide to use VSync, then definitely use Adaptive VSync. http://hardocp.com/article/2012/04/16/nvidia_adaptive_v...




April 7, 2013 5:29:16 PM

@bigcyco1:

That adaptive vsync bit is interesting, I never messed with that stuff before because I never had an awesome enough card for it to really matter. My last bad ass card was an AMD 4890 anyhow, so I THINK that setting was in a different spot under the NVIDIA settings (the ATI is bad tab) :) 

I'm gonna try that too just for curiosity's sake. Is your 4.8 ghz on turbo, or is it set that way all the time ? I've only played with overclocking the other night after I read this thread, so I just let my board pick stuff. It seemed to imply that it would aim for UP to 4.8 but also clock down. Is there a way to just floor it 24/7 ?
April 8, 2013 9:33:25 AM

royalcrown said:
@bigcyco1:

That adaptive vsync bit is interesting, I never messed with that stuff before because I never had an awesome enough card for it to really matter. My last bad ass card was an AMD 4890 anyhow, so I THINK that setting was in a different spot under the NVIDIA settings (the ATI is bad tab) :) 

I'm gonna try that too just for curiosity's sake. Is your 4.8 ghz on turbo, or is it set that way all the time ? I've only played with overclocking the other night after I read this thread, so I just let my board pick stuff. It seemed to imply that it would aim for UP to 4.8 but also clock down. Is there a way to just floor it 24/7 ?


Yeah, ny disabling speedstep and C1E I was able to keep my over clock steady at 4.5ghz. I have the system water cooled so temps dont really raise too noticably unless i was torture testing it.

I will also give the adaptive vsync a try too. Thanks for the suggestion!
April 8, 2013 12:20:20 PM

A common problem with the GTX680 under performing is that the PSU is rated with a sufficient amount of Watts, but the 12V rail doesn't supply enough amps. If it's an inexpensive 550W PSU, maybe it's not supplying the GTX680 sufficiently.
April 8, 2013 1:23:01 PM

fulle said:
A common problem with the GTX680 under performing is that the PSU is rated with a sufficient amount of Watts, but the 12V rail doesn't supply enough amps. If it's an inexpensive 550W PSU, maybe it's not supplying the GTX680 sufficiently.


Yeah, I was thinking that too, which is why I tested it on mine. It just seems to go all over the place and be hitchy no matter what. it goes from 50fps indoors to 100 outdoors, then 30 with rats, still smooth except jerky indoors. just seems poorly optimized / coded. I even did some of the stuff in the link I posted for the OP.

I have a seasonic platinum 760 for reference.
April 8, 2013 9:29:30 PM

I thought the PSU as well and I think I may upgrade it regardless as I plan to SLI the 680's when the time comes. I know that there's no way my current PSU could handle SLI.

In an attempt at setting the adaptive Vsync as suggested, I realized that at some point in time, I went through and messed around with the Nvidia 3D settings. So I hit the 'default' button, set adaptive Vsync and now suddently Metro 2033 is performing WAY better. There are still the occasional lags like Royal is talking about but it's no where NEAR as bad as it was before. Thank you all for the input! I think it's a combination of a lower rated PSU and whatever I did to the Nvidia settings when I first got the GPU.
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