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November 17, 2013 12:00:53 PM

I recently purchased and installed an Asus AMD 7970 Direct CUII graphics card and I am not getting the performance I expected. I'm getting like 30-40fps on minecraft with low-mid settings. This is not what I was wanting and I am wondering whether it is a software problem or am I bottle necking?

Specs:
Intel i5 2.3GHz Quad Core
Intel H57M01A1 Motherboard
6GB DDR£3 RAM
Western Digital 1TB HDD
Asus AMD 7970 Direct CUII
Corsair CX600 PSU

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November 17, 2013 12:04:27 PM

Are you able to OC your CPU? Shouldnt be the culprit, but 2.3 Ghz is a little slow by today's standards.

With those specs, you should not have any evident bottleneck. How does your system monitor look when you play those games? Im guessing there is an issue with drivers or something...you should be crushing MineCraft.
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November 17, 2013 12:05:51 PM

toddybody said:
Nope. Youre good.


So why am I not getting the expected performance?
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November 17, 2013 12:08:19 PM

LucasBaker said:
toddybody said:
Nope. Youre good.


So why am I not getting the expected performance?


I would look at my system monitor...see if any one thing (CPU/RAM/GPU) is getting hammered. Past that, I'd personally OC my CPU if possible and re-install/update my drivers.
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November 17, 2013 12:10:31 PM

So the 7970 is pci 3.0 card and that motherboard only supports up to 2.0 So there is at least a bottle neck there. However, people have weird issues with Minecraft where some people get 300fps and someone with a lesser build only gets 40. The game is not optimized for all systems. I'd think about a processor and mobo upgrade to take advantage of that sweet graphics card but you might just have a combination that Minecraft doesn't like.
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November 17, 2013 12:11:43 PM

Just getting a system monitor to see. Even if the Clock Speed is the problem it shouldn't be causing me to be getting 30fps on Minecraft should it?
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November 17, 2013 12:16:30 PM

LucasBaker said:
Just getting a system monitor to see. Even if the Clock Speed is the problem it shouldn't be causing me to be getting 30fps on Minecraft should it?


I wouldnt think so, but it would be good to see if something seems short (i.e, is CPU at 99-100%, how much system memory is being used).

Your 7970 on a PCI 2.0 slot shouldnt produce such prominent bottle necking. I have no personal experience with MineCraft...so the other poster may be 100% correct in it's poor optimization for certain configurations.
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November 17, 2013 12:31:26 PM

Just checked in performance monitor and the CPU usage is higher when playing minecraft it is a maximum of 90% but not all the time that's just when entering a server or loading a world. It has a average of 45%. So it is bottlenecking but I wouldn't expect 30-40fps
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November 17, 2013 1:07:02 PM

Okay I have done some testing on various other games, and I am able to max out and still not drop below 60fps so it seems Durinsday23 is right, Minecraft is the problem however Minecraft is my most played games so I am going to have a look at some solutions for that but thank you Durinsday23
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