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September 27, 2013 8:41:05 AM

I am not sure if I am posting this in the right place. I had posted this problem on another thread, but have not received much help. For the sake of convenience I will copy and paste what I put in the other forum:

I am having some issues with graphics on my current system. I used to play Planetside, and some other games, on my laptop with a second generation core i5 and 8gb ram. I found that over time, the low fps was just too much to handle, so I stopped playing it. A friend of mine told me about his system that could almost play Planetside 2 with everything ultra, but he usually had it on high. I don't know the exact specs of his desktop but I know he uses an amd a10 6700 with 4gb ram, no discrete graphics card. So, I decided to one up him and bought myself a system with the following specs:

WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache -WD10EZEX
Crucial Ballistix Sport Very Low Profile 8GB Single DDR3-1600 1.35V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory Module BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0
MSI Socket FM2/AMD A75/DDR3/SATA3&USB3.0/A&GbE/MicroATX Motherboard FM2-A75MA-E35
AMD Quad Core A10-Series APU for Desktops A10-6800K with Radeon HD 8670D (AD680KWOHLBOX)
Coolmax 600W 140mm Blue LED Fan Power Supply VL-600B (Black)

Please realize that I could not just overclock my laptop's processor, nor could I add any discrete graphics card to it.

I installed Windows 7 fine, loaded up Planetside and certainly had problems. I can't play on anything besides very low graphics, while my friend seems to have no problem on a lesser system. In the bios, I even turned on the automatic overclock. Does anyone know why I am having these problems? I know the game has a bad reputation of running on any system, but I should think I could at least do better than very low on everything. I do think, though, it is my system because when I compare other games I tried to my laptop, like Minecraft, the fps is generally the same (25fps on the desktop and the laptop), when it should be somewhere in the 100s on the desktop, here what I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtuCKn2inwE
I originally posted this problem on another forum and I received no help beyond that I "wasted my money... ect. ect. ect."
I don't believe that to be the case. AMD a series integrated graphics are supposed to be great integrated graphics that can play most games decently. Any help will be appreciated!

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September 27, 2013 8:54:26 AM

Hello there ZJE123!

In the specs you gave, I noticed you wrote that you have a single memory stick.
This could be the bottleneck for your APU.

Why? If you have one DDR3 stick, it'll run in single channel. If you have two memory sticks, the memory will run in dual channel. This doubles the bandwidth your memory can utilize and significantly improves performance.

I hope this provides you enough information.

If you want to learn more about the topic of memory, channels it can run in and memory bandwidth, I'd recommend you to google some more about it.

Kind regards,
ExoSoft/HDauven
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September 27, 2013 9:00:38 AM

exosoft said:
Hello there ZJE123!

In the specs you gave, I noticed you wrote that you have a single memory stick.
This could be the bottleneck for your APU.

Why? If you have one DDR3 stick, it'll run in single channel. If you have two memory sticks, the memory will run in dual channel. This doubles the bandwidth your memory can utilize and significantly improves performance.

I hope this provides you enough information.

If you want to learn more about the topic of memory, channels it can run in and memory bandwidth, I'd recommend you to google some more about it.

Kind regards,
ExoSoft/HDauven


Thank you, you are the first person who actually read my whole post. I bought a single stick of ram so I could upgrade later to 16gb, since I didn't have the money to now (and since my motherboard only has two slots). Would it be worth it to buy another stick of ram now? Is there anything I could do in the mean time?
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September 27, 2013 9:13:22 AM

My personal opinion would be yes, buy the extra stick.

With memory in Dual Channel you should be able to run Skyrim on medium settings, 1920 x 1080 at 37 FPS with your APU.
As far as I know, PlanetSide 2 shouldn't be much more consuming than Skyrim.

If you're not able to achieve this with your APU/achieve what someone else can with the same hardware as you have, there must be a bottleneck.
This can be driver issues, BIOS issues etc. But since you provided the information about the single memory stick, my analysis would be that that is your bottleneck.

Toms has an AMD A10-6800k review up on their site wherein they use dual channel memory and achieve pretty decent FPS.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-6700-a10-6800k-...
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September 27, 2013 10:28:57 AM

exosoft said:
My personal opinion would be yes, buy the extra stick.

With memory in Dual Channel you should be able to run Skyrim on medium settings, 1920 x 1080 at 37 FPS with your APU.
As far as I know, PlanetSide 2 shouldn't be much more consuming than Skyrim.

If you're not able to achieve this with your APU/achieve what someone else can with the same hardware as you have, there must be a bottleneck.
This can be driver issues, BIOS issues etc. But since you provided the information about the single memory stick, my analysis would be that that is your bottleneck.

Toms has an AMD A10-6800k review up on their site wherein they use dual channel memory and achieve pretty decent FPS.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-6700-a10-6800k-...


Thanks, I guess I will have to buy the extra stick. Well at least I won't have to in the future.
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November 16, 2013 10:40:21 AM

Hi ZJE123, i think i am having the same problem with you. when i am playing dota, i get this lines on the screen, note that i tried this on different monitor and still the same , lines and everything, like the picture is broken.
i have a single ram 1333, exosoft, is the ram causing this?? Thank you!
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November 22, 2013 1:07:10 AM

LaMuerte said:
Hi ZJE123, i think i am having the same problem with you. when i am playing dota, i get this lines on the screen, note that i tried this on different monitor and still the same , lines and everything, like the picture is broken.
i have a single ram 1333, exosoft, is the ram causing this?? Thank you!


Did you try the monitor on a different PC? It could be because of the motherboard connectors. Try connecting the screen to a different input.

A GPU needs loads of memory bandwidth to output all the data it has to display, running memory in single channel gives you only half of the bandwidth it could get. Which slows your APU considerably.
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November 22, 2013 7:25:14 AM

exosoft said:
LaMuerte said:
Hi ZJE123, i think i am having the same problem with you. when i am playing dota, i get this lines on the screen, note that i tried this on different monitor and still the same , lines and everything, like the picture is broken.
i have a single ram 1333, exosoft, is the ram causing this?? Thank you!


Did you try the monitor on a different PC? It could be because of the motherboard connectors. Try connecting the screen to a different input.

A GPU needs loads of memory bandwidth to output all the data it has to display, running memory in single channel gives you only half of the bandwidth it could get. Which slows your APU considerably.



yes i tried using different monitor but nothing changed. i will try getting 2 1866 sticks of ram. thanks!
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