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Black Ops II: Low FPS; Looking for cause of bottleneck

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May 12, 2013 8:17:02 AM

Hi there, I've recently upgraded to a Radeon 7950 card which was factory OC'd to 925 MHz. I expected it to be able to smoothly run all my games.

I get a fantastic FPS on most games at max settings, but for some reason when I'm playing BOII, I get a pretty low FPS (Something like 20-40 and it dips and jumps a lot).

I'm running on 8GB of RAM at 1333 so I can't imagine that would be the problem, but I'm running an AMD FX 4100. My motherboard model is GA-M68MT-S2 (rev. 3.1).

My drivers only updated yesterday for the GPU and it's definitely running on the correct GPU (http://i.imgur.com/gPYJ59T.png) and not the one integrated one.

Is the 7950 not as good as I'd hoped or is it my processor? (Or perhaps another component in my PC)?

If you want any printouts out of HWMonitor or anything just ask.

Thanks!

(Also, on a probably unrelated issue; I take insanely long times to load into games, to the point where I can't play one in the chamber because by the time I connect someone's killed me! :(  - I've got a fibre optic connection, but I was putting this down to my geographical location (South Wales) perhaps not being optimum for the game's servers?)

Edit: As a heads up, I've seen some people complaining about problems with FX processors on steam games but mine are nowhere near as bad as they describe (Freezing, rebooting, randomly exiting, etc)

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May 12, 2013 8:24:17 AM

processor is probably your bottleneck. I can run black ops 2 max 60 solid, and my gpu (same as yours, but not overclocked) isnt even close to 100% utilization. Perhaps if you have a decent cooler, and a little know how you can overclock for performance boost. Im currently running a stress test on my pc, and going from the default clock to 4.4 ghz (not all at once lol) has given me a boost in skyrim, far cry 3, crysis 3, and other games that arent optimized for multi threading.

Just a little comparison between your architecture (100 series) and the newer 300 series cpus. http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/291/AMD_FX-Series_FX-4...
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May 12, 2013 8:31:26 AM

guitargod213 said:
processor is probably your bottleneck. I can run black ops 2 max 60 solid, and my gpu (same as yours, but not overclocked) isnt even close to 100% utilization. Perhaps if you have a decent cooler, and a little know how you can overclock for performance boost. Im currently running a stress test on my pc, and going from the default clock to 4.4 ghz (not all at once lol) has given me a boost in skyrim, far cry 3, crysis 3, and other games that arent optimized for multi threading.


Thought it might be, but wanted a little confirmation before I went out and planned an upgrade; Thanks for the heads up. I'd love to switch to an intel processor but can't afford to replace my motherboard and get a new copy of windows to stop the whole darn OEM protection on it.
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May 12, 2013 9:05:10 AM

well i suggest either the 6350, or 8350, however i too understand wanting to switch to intel lol. But if you want to know how to get around the OEM protection, just call microsoft and tell them your old mobo died, they should give you a new key. Worked for my friend, and my dad on one of his old builds.
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May 12, 2013 9:22:09 AM

guitargod213 said:
well i suggest either the 6350, or 8350, however i too understand wanting to switch to intel lol. But if you want to know how to get around the OEM protection, just call microsoft and tell them your old mobo died, they should give you a new key. Worked for my friend, and my dad on one of his old builds.


Haha thanks for the tip, I'll make sure to try that! :) 
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May 12, 2013 9:23:13 AM

Turns out it was an outdated BIOS after all! I updated it to the most recent version and I've got a solid 60

Thanks Guitargod123 for the time and thought, I really do appreciate it even though I did find a fix to the problem, and I'm going to upgrade soon anyway, so thanks for the tips! :) 
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