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August 30, 2013 1:40:54 AM

So FFXIV just released and I've been getting a avg gaming frame rate of 50. If you don't already know FFXIV is an mmo. I thought I could get a few more frames through overclocking but ever since then I have been getting my game to run even worse. During areas with many players and big environments I can only max up to 12 frames and areas by myself I get 30 frames. I deOC'd my gpu to factory settings but still the game is running terrible. How can I fix this? I used catalyst control center to OC my GPUs core clock and memory clock and these are my computer specs:

Platform:
Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1) 64bit
CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (3292MHz) x4
GPU model:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850

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a b K Overclocking
August 30, 2013 1:54:20 AM

physalis1 said:
So FFXIV just released and I've been getting a avg gaming frame rate of 50. If you don't already know FFXIV is an mmo. I thought I could get a few more frames through overclocking but ever since then I have been getting my game to run even worse. During areas with many players and big environments I can only max up to 12 frames and areas by myself I get 30 frames. I deOC'd my gpu to factory settings but still the game is running terrible. How can I fix this? I used catalyst control center to OC my GPUs core clock and memory clock and these are my computer specs:

Platform:
Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1) 64bit
CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (3292MHz) x4
GPU model:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850


Almost all MMOs are CPU bound. That means they utilize the CPU a hell of a lot. When you're in an area with large numbers of players, it can be very tasking on both your CPU and your GPU, but especially the former. You should try overclocking that. Read up on overclocking your CPU if you're new to it, that's the last thing you want to jump into without any information, though really the harm could come from overvolting which people aren't that likely to doing anyway. Anyway, as for fps gains it depends. Overclocking by 1.1 GHz for me provided 6 fps increase on some games and 10 fps on others, and even 13 on other after that. It's really all dependent but it's good to try.

As for your GPU overclock causing worse fps, it sounds like an unstable overclock. The trick is, keep it stable, stupid! That's the name of an article you want to check out for overclocking:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028882/keep-it-stable-s...

It teaches you how to ensure stability for any new hardware and any overclock. Read it after you've done your first CPU overclock and you can go through the GPU section for info on stress testing your GPU. The gist of it is, use a benchmarking software for your GPU like FurMark or uningine valley or haven to stress test your GPU. If you crash while stress testing, then the overclock is unstable and you'll either have to scale back the frequency or overvolt the GPU. Don't jump into overvoltinf until you know what you're doing of else you will literally fry your hardware. Literally, it'll stop being a functional piece of machinery. Just read up on it first.
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August 30, 2013 2:24:08 AM

Forgot to mention, I done a unigine valley benchmark on my gpu before the OC and it had rendered everything on screen(grass, trees, rocks). But as of now, even with the GPU reverted to the way it was before I only see alot of unrendered trees.

I tried reverting the GPU back to manufactured settings but the problem now exist even then. I don't know if making the GPU stable is possible when the original settings are not functioning the way it used to be. D: What should I adjust to make my GPU render everything again. I see buggy screens and artifacts more than I should.
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August 30, 2013 2:24:08 AM

Forgot to mention, I done a unigine valley benchmark on my gpu before the OC and it had rendered everything on screen(grass, trees, rocks). But as of now, even with the GPU reverted to the way it was before I only see alot of unrendered trees.
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a b K Overclocking
August 30, 2013 3:11:31 AM

physalis1 said:
Forgot to mention, I done a unigine valley benchmark on my gpu before the OC and it had rendered everything on screen(grass, trees, rocks). But as of now, even with the GPU reverted to the way it was before I only see alot of unrendered trees.


Start windows in safe mode, and while there uninstall catalyst control center and delete all of its registry files which can probably be found somewhere in your app data. To get to safe mode, reboot and when you get to the black windows startup screen (not the log in) hit f8 and you'll get an option to boot into safe mode.

So then while there, uninstall CCC and after you've done that click the start button. Then type in "%appdata%" (without quotes) and hit enter and see if there's a catalyst control folder there. Delete it. It may be listed as a sub folder under an AMD folder. Don't delete the amd folder as there may be other important files in it. You're just looking to delete the catalyst control folder.

Then reinstall it... Or don't. I prefer to use MSI Afterburner myself for anything GPU related including overclocking.
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August 30, 2013 3:53:46 PM

I uninstalled CCC they way u suggested and used MSI afterburner.
Here is a GPU-Z result of my graphics card. THe GPU clock is way below the default 820?
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a b K Overclocking
August 30, 2013 4:16:13 PM

physalis1 said:
I uninstalled CCC they way u suggested and used MSI afterburner.
Here is a GPU-Z result of my graphics card. THe GPU clock is way below the default 820?


I assume that you're just idle when you're looking at the measurement, right? As in you're just on your desktop and you don't have a game running in the background? Clock rates all vary dependent upon the game. For example, my GTX 770 is in the 1130 MHz range by default, but when I'm playing something like FTL or on my desktop, my clock rate is at 135 MHz or something around there. Meanwhile if I play Battlefield 3, my clock rate goes up to 1245 MHz (Turbo Boost) because that's the clock rate it needs to sustain for my purposes in Battlefield 3. It's all perfectly normal. As long as it doesn't impede gameplay it's fine. In fact, it would be concerning if your GPU really wasn't 300 MHz for idle or near idle use.

By the way, you don't need to use GPU-Z. MSI Afterburner has a built in monitor for your core and memory clocks, as well as temps and GPU usage percentages. It can made into an on-screen display (OSD) in games so you can view your frame rate, GPU usage, Core Clock, and temperature all while in the game.
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August 30, 2013 5:12:56 PM

Thanks for the help in advance! :)  Even though I can slide the GPU clock back and forth, I still cant resolve the problem that my valley benchmark doesn't render all the objects and leaves out alot of artifacts. Before adjusting anything, the benchmark was rendered completely. I have tried a couple more games. Single player games like Tomb Raider and Starcraft show no little GPU problems, while mutliplayers games like planetside 2, tera, FFXIV that must render alot of objects take long times to render them out and even reduces the FPS in doing so. Before unlocking my GPU all these games were able to render completely with no slow downs. As of now, I cant think about OCing my GPU without figuring out why I can't reset my GPU to optimum capability at default settings.
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a b K Overclocking
August 30, 2013 5:42:18 PM

physalis1 said:
Thanks for the help in advance! :)  Even though I can slide the GPU clock back and forth, I still cant resolve the problem that my valley benchmark doesn't render all the objects and leaves out alot of artifacts. Before adjusting anything, the benchmark was rendered completely. I have tried a couple more games. Single player games like Tomb Raider and Starcraft show no little GPU problems, while mutliplayers games like planetside 2, tera, FFXIV that must render alot of objects take long times to render them out and even reduces the FPS in doing so. Before unlocking my GPU all these games were able to render completely with no slow downs. As of now, I cant think about OCing my GPU without figuring out why I can't reset my GPU to optimum capability at default settings.


Like I said, you need to read up on overclocking before attempting it, exactly for reasons such as this. The link I posted earlier was about stress testing, but that's not actually about overclocking though it's related. For looking these things up, google is your friend. It's where everyone started with overclocking.

Why you don't go into overclocking without knowing what's going on is because it can damage your parts if you do so incorrectly. And as for GPU overclocking, an 80 MHz overclock can actually be a lot or too much. If you're getting artifacts from overclocking and such, then the problem is all likeliness instability. You need to increase voltage to make it more stable, but again that is not at all something you can go into without knowing what you're doing.

Just don't overclock for now until you're well versed in terminology. As for correcting artifacts, do the same method as for CCC just with msi afterburner. Afterwards just reinstall msi and again, don't be foolish with it.
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