Beta Nvidia driver causing lower performance?/ CPU bottlenecking 760?

I recently picked up an EVGA 760 2GB and I feel as if either the beta driver I am using is causing lower/unstable performance, my CPU could be bottlenecking the card, or some sort of card installation error, or perhaps all of the above, really.


Specs:

OS: Windows 8.1 Pro

GPU: EVGA GTX 760 2GB w/ACX Cooling with Nvidia 331.93 Beta driver

(OC'd at 1147 base clock, mem. at 6366) the OC isn't the most, haven't figured out the highest stable OC yet.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition (OC'd at 4GHz, cooled with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus with dual 120mm fans in push pull format)

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600W

MOBO: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


Any ideas? All help is always appreciated. My opinion is that even though my CPU is an older generation, at 4GHz (I could probably push it to 4.2 or so) that it would still be powerful enough to keep up with the card. I do see the usage of it go close to 90%+ on certain games, while the card has anywhere from 60-75% usage, so it still could be that. I still really think the way I installed the card, or more specifically the beta driver just seems "unstable" for my system.
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  1. Typically that cpu shouldn't bottleneck that card, especially at that overclock. Your psu is also more than good enough.

    A possible solution i have seen for your type of case (no obvious problem with the system) is to check the harddrive your games are installed on for fragmentation errors. Defrag the hard drive, or try games off of a different hard drive.

    This is the most common problem i can think of for your specific situation where all else looks well, but may not be a conclusive solution.

    I'm not telling you to buy a new hard drive by any means, as your hard drive might not be the problem, but it is something you should look into testing
  2. Brantyn Gerik said:
    Typically that cpu shouldn't bottleneck that card, especially at that overclock. Your psu is also more than good enough.

    A possible solution i have seen for your type of case (no obvious problem with the system) is to check the harddrive your games are installed on for fragmentation errors. Defrag the hard drive, or try games off of a different hard drive.

    This is the most common problem i can think of for your specific situation where all else looks well, but may not be a conclusive solution.

    I'm not telling you to buy a new hard drive by any means, as your hard drive might not be the problem, but it is something you should look into testing


    im running some tests on hd tune proi right now, scanning all the hard drives for any errors, then seeing if they need defragging, and simultaneously installing a seperate install of the same game on all three of my hard drives to test for issues or improvements. theyre all relatively old drives, but could they really possibly affect performance?
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