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Low FPS on Far Cry 3 with Sapphire HD7770 OC edition

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June 28, 2013 9:40:51 AM

Hi there,
I know this is a pretty old question, but I have just come across so many different answers.
The game is very stuttery on ultra/high settings (something like 10 FPS). Medium settings are better, with about 30 FPS. I'm told this is normal for this card since the game is so demanding, yet I am confused when I see videos like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuNEpfRIxjc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkkwZCfKm9Q
Any help would be much appreciated

System:
i5-3570 3.4Ghz
CoolerMaster 550W
8G DDR3 RAM
Windows 8 64-bit

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June 28, 2013 9:45:29 AM

that's BS! plain and simple. I can tell by the way the terrain looks it's not at high settings. And I have my doubts it's at 1080p.

higher end hardware ( and graphics cards ) have a tough time with FC3. Your cpu is good but your card isn't. You need to turn game settings back and run at a lower resolution to get playable frame rates.

the second video the game looks better but have doubts about what card they are really using.................. and none of us really know what hardware either machine is using.

EDIT: the second video looks as if AA is off.
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June 28, 2013 9:47:17 AM

What resolution are you playing at, and what other settings? My 6850 gets a lot more than 30 FPS at 1080p Medium with 4xMSAA, so your performance does seem a bit less than it should be.
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June 28, 2013 10:05:07 AM

swifty_morgan said:
that's BS! plain and simple. I can tell by the way the terrain looks it's not at high settings. And I have my doubts it's at 1080p.

higher end hardware ( and graphics cards ) have a tough time with FC3. Your cpu is good but your card isn't. You need to turn game settings back and run at a lower resolution to get playable frame rates.

the second video the game looks better but have doubts about what card they are really using.................. and none of us really know what hardware either machine is using.

EDIT: the second video looks as if AA is off.


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June 28, 2013 10:10:23 AM

Sakkura said:
What resolution are you playing at, and what other settings? My 6850 gets a lot more than 30 FPS at 1080p Medium with 4xMSAA, so your performance does seem a bit less than it should be.


Thanks for your response.
Medium setting at 1080p, directx 11, vsync off, GPU max buffered frames off, MSAA 8 - frame rate fluctuates around 15-25ish
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June 28, 2013 10:13:38 AM

swifty_morgan said:
that's BS! plain and simple. I can tell by the way the terrain looks it's not at high settings. And I have my doubts it's at 1080p.

higher end hardware ( and graphics cards ) have a tough time with FC3. Your cpu is good but your card isn't. You need to turn game settings back and run at a lower resolution to get playable frame rates.

the second video the game looks better but have doubts about what card they are really using.................. and none of us really know what hardware either machine is using.

EDIT: the second video looks as if AA is off.


Wow, you really are swifty :) 
I figured they may be lying too - to what end though? seems weird. Anyway, I thought it weird they were offering a free copy of FC3 when you bought an HD7770 and such a card could only run it on low/medium settings. Thanks anyway
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June 28, 2013 10:33:04 AM

fuzakara said:
Sakkura said:
What resolution are you playing at, and what other settings? My 6850 gets a lot more than 30 FPS at 1080p Medium with 4xMSAA, so your performance does seem a bit less than it should be.


Thanks for your response.
Medium setting at 1080p, directx 11, vsync off, GPU max buffered frames off, MSAA 8 - frame rate fluctuates around 15-25ish

I would recommend lower MSAA levels - x8 is a waste of performance IMHO. Using x2 or x4 you might even be able to go with high settings.
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June 28, 2013 11:05:22 AM

Sakkura said:
fuzakara said:
Sakkura said:
What resolution are you playing at, and what other settings? My 6850 gets a lot more than 30 FPS at 1080p Medium with 4xMSAA, so your performance does seem a bit less than it should be.


Thanks for your response.
Medium setting at 1080p, directx 11, vsync off, GPU max buffered frames off, MSAA 8 - frame rate fluctuates around 15-25ish

I would recommend lower MSAA levels - x8 is a waste of performance IMHO. Using x2 or x4 you might even be able to go with high settings.


Thanks, that does seem to help. What exactly does AA do? Do you need it?
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June 28, 2013 11:29:38 AM

AA smoothes the edges of stuff. Here's an example:



Games can get pretty ugly without any AA, but you don't necessarily need lots and lots of it - 8x is going to hamper performance a lot without necessarily looking much better than 4x or even 2x.

Here's an extensive article about it. Slightly dated, but the basics certainly still apply.
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