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Is my FX 8320 bottlenecking my HD 7970???

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October 17, 2013 2:16:31 PM

I've been playing Final Fantasy XIV a lot and it's really been bugging me that my FPS goes down to 30 and below in certain towns and the major cities. Is this normal at all?

No matter what I change my graphical settings to in these areas the FPS difference is negligible!


PC: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1N2FJ
October 17, 2013 2:20:36 PM

There should be some benchmark tool for this. My blind pick would go on the lack of an SSD though. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea running a defrag though.
October 17, 2013 2:22:44 PM

You will know if you OC the FX and get increase in FPS.
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October 17, 2013 2:25:29 PM

Unfortunately, FF XIV is made from an internal engine, so they could have optimized for just Intel based PCs. So, the short answer is "yes, it might be".

For example, UE3 based engines run usually better on Intel/nVidia PCs than AMD/AMD PCs or even Intel/AMD (this one is smaller though).

Try OC'ing the 8320 and see if it makes a difference.

Cheers!
October 17, 2013 2:35:09 PM

Yuka said:
Unfortunately, FF XIV is made from an internal engine, so they could have optimized for just Intel based PCs. So, the short answer is "yes, it might be".

For example, UE3 based engines run usually better on Intel/nVidia PCs than AMD/AMD PCs or even Intel/AMD (this one is smaller though).

Try OC'ing the 8320 and see if it makes a difference.

Cheers!

Well, I did try overclocking (using the Catalyst with the 13.11 beta drivers), but it made the game really unstable and was really choppy and strange when I started it up and played it. I turned off AMD overdrive and everything went back to normal.


EDIT: Just for clarity; I meant I overclocked my CPU (the 8320). I haven't tried overclocking my GPU.
October 17, 2013 2:48:57 PM

If there is bottleneck you would see increase in fps with higher CPU clock. Unstable because of heating or too high a OC.
October 17, 2013 2:51:36 PM

Ah, that's an interesting point. How are your CPU temps? Maybe the thermal protection circuit is kicking in and throttling the CPU down to a lower P state (meaning, lower speed).

So, check your CPU and GPU temps, and tell us how they are.

Cheers!
October 17, 2013 3:16:33 PM

Yuka said:
Ah, that's an interesting point. How are your CPU temps? Maybe the thermal protection circuit is kicking in and throttling the CPU down to a lower P state (meaning, lower speed).

So, check your CPU and GPU temps, and tell us how they are.

Cheers!


I don't think that's it...

My max CPU temperature is 50 C while my GPU's is 59 C.
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