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May 9, 2013 5:29:48 AM

Hi guys, I have been playing borderlands 2 lately and I just keep getting these stupidly low framerates. I know it couldnt be bottleneck because my CPU and GPU's are fine and work with all other games. I have done the dynamic shadows tweak, the MemoryBudget tweaks and PhysX tweaks and yet still I get these terrible framerates.

It usually happens when I am in areas filled with enemies. Any suggestions?

Build here:

CPU: Intel i5 3570k OCed to 3.9
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850 x2
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB
MOBO: Asus Mobo, can't remember details but around $160
Power Supply: Corsair Modular 650 W
SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB
HDD: Western Digital Black Caviar - where the game is installed.
Case: Corsair 650D

All my other games work fine, BF3, Skyrim, Fallout 3, Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored, Crysis 3, CS:GO

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May 9, 2013 5:38:38 AM

Have you tried without PhysX? ..Because it is really not recommended unless you have an Nvidia GPU.
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May 9, 2013 6:00:22 AM

Groomer said:
Have you tried without PhysX? ..Because it is really not recommended unless you have an Nvidia GPU.


yep I am running it with physx on low (not sure how to turn it off completely) and with view distance on low, whenever I move into an area with enemies, the frames drop considerably.
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May 10, 2013 5:50:25 AM

Are your drivers up to date / latest application profiles for CrossFire? And I assume you are running an updated legal copy of the game?

I have seen elsewhere someone having problem with CrossFire when BL2 was in Windowed-Fullscreen(looks the same) instead of Fullscreen.
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May 10, 2013 6:47:58 AM

sandychezz said:
Groomer said:
Have you tried without PhysX? ..Because it is really not recommended unless you have an Nvidia GPU.


yep I am running it with physx on low (not sure how to turn it off completely) and with view distance on low, whenever I move into an area with enemies, the frames drop considerably.


Sounds like a CPU bottleneck. Check your temps, core speed, and load while in-game. Maybe it's not seated correctly and is throttling.

Also PhysX Low in BL2 = off.
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May 10, 2013 9:06:37 AM

jessterman21 said:
Sounds like a CPU bottleneck.

Seeing how other games work fine, I doubt there is any problems with the hardware.
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May 10, 2013 12:00:55 PM

Groomer said:
jessterman21 said:
Sounds like a CPU bottleneck.

Seeing how other games work fine, I doubt there is any problems with the hardware.


Oh yeah - missed the last sentence.
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May 11, 2013 5:38:17 AM

No worries guys its fixed!!I had a feeling something just could not be right so I deduced it to be a problem with the engine. So I went into my My Gmes/Borderlands 2/Config/ folder and deleted everything. Ran the launcher, put my settings to the original - Everything As high as it could go, excluding physx and VOILA!!! Problems solved!
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July 22, 2013 2:45:05 PM

sandychezz said:
No worries guys its fixed!!I had a feeling something just could not be right so I deduced it to be a problem with the engine. So I went into my My Gmes/Borderlands 2/Config/ folder and deleted everything. Ran the launcher, put my settings to the original - Everything As high as it could go, excluding physx and VOILA!!! Problems solved!


Hey, Im having the same problem in BL2. When you say you deleted the config folder, which one? the one with just the GearboxEngine.cfg or the "Engine" folder with a bunch of crap in it? or something else entirely?

BTW its installed using steam so its all in the SteamApps>common>Borderlands 2 folder
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July 22, 2013 4:08:07 PM

Degal said:
sandychezz said:
No worries guys its fixed!!I had a feeling something just could not be right so I deduced it to be a problem with the engine. So I went into my My Gmes/Borderlands 2/Config/ folder and deleted everything. Ran the launcher, put my settings to the original - Everything As high as it could go, excluding physx and VOILA!!! Problems solved!


Hey, Im having the same problem in BL2. When you say you deleted the config folder, which one? the one with just the GearboxEngine.cfg or the "Engine" folder with a bunch of crap in it? or something else entirely?

BTW its installed using steam so its all in the SteamApps>common>Borderlands 2 folder


Oh all the engine configuration files are stored in the directory I posted. The game installs itself in the steam folder but you configure it through My Documents. Just go to the directory I indicated before and delete everything.
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July 22, 2013 4:35:54 PM

Cool thanks, but Im looking in the My documents folder and i have this:
C:\Users\FcknDrrn\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2

Within the BL2 folder under my games, theres 3 folders:
Binaries
LauncherData
WillowGame

Theres a config folder in WillowGame, im assuming this is what you mean? Im not a scrub im just makin sure ha

I tried turning Physx to low and the game runs great. In and out of combat the frames are consistently 60 per second (locked with my monitor because of texture tearing for this game). Ill try this and see if I can turn up the settings. From other stuff Iv read on other forums this game must to be really terribly optimized, a GTX570 and your card should laugh at this game
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July 12, 2014 5:12:10 PM

Hey man i have the same problem! I tried to delete the willowgames folder yet nothing happened. I even reinstalled the game. Also the resolution is set to undefined (ive set it to 1920x1080)
help? Thx
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September 1, 2014 7:25:46 PM

Game is poorly optimized even today. Probably engine limitation. For the record im on 3.7k 2500k and oc 670. Game runs fine but there are some scenes i drop bellow forty fps ( every eye candy maxed out )
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