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Serious bottlenecking radeon 7970

Hello, guys!

A while back i created a topic so you guys could help me with my graphic card problem.

Today, i decided to use msi afterburner to check my gpu usage while playing skyrim. I cant get any higher than 45%.

When i play wow, i cant get over 20%.

After reading some posts here, it should be running at 95% plus.

My graphic card is an AMD Radeon 7970 and my processor is a FX 8120 3.1ghz 8 core.

Any tips on what i should do to fix my problem?
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  1. Sadlot said:
    Hello, guys!

    A while back i created a topic so you guys could help me with my graphic card problem.

    Today, i decided to use msi afterburner to check my gpu usage while playing skyrim. I cant get any higher than 45%.

    When i play wow, i cant get over 20%.

    After reading some posts here, it should be running at 95% plus.

    My graphic card is an AMD Radeon 7970 and my processor is a FX 8120 3.1ghz 8 core.

    Any tips on what i should do to fix my problem?


    You might need to overclock your 8120, Skyrim is single-threaded CPU heavy. What is your full specs? You might have put the 7970 in a PCI-E X16(X4 mode) lane.
  2. The Q6660 Inside said:
    Sadlot said:
    Hello, guys!

    A while back i created a topic so you guys could help me with my graphic card problem.

    Today, i decided to use msi afterburner to check my gpu usage while playing skyrim. I cant get any higher than 45%.

    When i play wow, i cant get over 20%.

    After reading some posts here, it should be running at 95% plus.

    My graphic card is an AMD Radeon 7970 and my processor is a FX 8120 3.1ghz 8 core.

    Any tips on what i should do to fix my problem?


    You might need to overclock your 8120, Skyrim is single-threaded CPU heavy. What is your full specs? You might have put the 7970 in a PCI-E X16(X4 mode) lane.



    Hello,

    My mother board is an Asus M5A88-M
    16 GB ram

    One thing that i ve noticed when i use CPU-Z is that my processor core speed keeps bouncing between 1.4MHz and 3.4MHz.
  3. Sadlot said:
    The Q6660 Inside said:
    Sadlot said:
    Hello, guys!

    A while back i created a topic so you guys could help me with my graphic card problem.

    Today, i decided to use msi afterburner to check my gpu usage while playing skyrim. I cant get any higher than 45%.

    When i play wow, i cant get over 20%.

    After reading some posts here, it should be running at 95% plus.

    My graphic card is an AMD Radeon 7970 and my processor is a FX 8120 3.1ghz 8 core.

    Any tips on what i should do to fix my problem?


    You might need to overclock your 8120, Skyrim is single-threaded CPU heavy. What is your full specs? You might have put the 7970 in a PCI-E X16(X4 mode) lane.



    Hello,

    My mother board is an Asus M5A88-M
    16 GB ram

    One thing that i ve noticed when i use CPU-Z is that my processor core speed keeps bouncing between 1.4MHz and 3.4MHz.

    That is normal, now I would suggest you get a better motherboard, the M5A88M is a low end board that was not designed for the 8120 or high end setups.
  4. The Q6660 Inside said:
    Sadlot said:
    The Q6660 Inside said:
    Sadlot said:
    Hello, guys!

    A while back i created a topic so you guys could help me with my graphic card problem.

    Today, i decided to use msi afterburner to check my gpu usage while playing skyrim. I cant get any higher than 45%.

    When i play wow, i cant get over 20%.

    After reading some posts here, it should be running at 95% plus.

    My graphic card is an AMD Radeon 7970 and my processor is a FX 8120 3.1ghz 8 core.

    Any tips on what i should do to fix my problem?


    You might need to overclock your 8120, Skyrim is single-threaded CPU heavy. What is your full specs? You might have put the 7970 in a PCI-E X16(X4 mode) lane.



    Hello,

    My mother board is an Asus M5A88-M
    16 GB ram

    One thing that i ve noticed when i use CPU-Z is that my processor core speed keeps bouncing between 1.4MHz and 3.4MHz.

    That is normal, now I would suggest you get a better motherboard, the M5A88M is a low end board that was not designed for the 8120 or high end setups.


    In your opinion, you think my motherboard is bottlenecking everything else?
  5. Sorry for bumping my thread.

    But since the reason of my problem is my motherboard
    Which one do you guys i should buy?
  6. Best answer
    Sadlot said:
    Sorry for bumping my thread.

    But since the reason of my problem is my motherboard
    Which one do you guys i should buy?



    Go for the M5A99FX PRO R2.0 and get a Hyper 212 EVO to keep the 8120 cool.
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