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what is causing my R9 280X to run at low FPS?

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January 20, 2014 2:31:05 PM

hello everyone, i've been posting here a lot recently as im having a bit of trouble with my R9280x GPU, its a DirectCUII from ASUS.

ever since i started playing on this card (December) i had always though that it would of performed a lot better than it was. i started to look up lots of benchmarks for it and so on, i used game benchmarks as i had no idea about the Synthetic ones such as Unigine Heven 4.0.

What i found was that i was Correct (as far as i saw).
Some of the Benchmarks were almost double what my car was getting:(  e.g.
Sleepingdogs - i got 47FPS, they were getting around 90FPS

i didn't have alot of the games that they were testing out as i had just started PC gaming and didnt want to jump straight into the High end games... so i decided to look at the frames of the games i was palying, and to me, i thought they were worse than what an average R9 280x would get.

at this point i was pretty bummed at the fact my card wasn't performing as well as it had been portrayed :(  So i looked up some stuff and came across some results from the Heaven 4.0 Benchmark, i then got this on my pc and ran it myself.

Their Results = 1159 - 46FPS http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1851/pg4/asus-rad...

My Results = 582 - 21FPS

now i really have no idea why my GPU is performing a lot worse than it is said to... i was hoping you guys would know wht i can do to fix this :)  :)  :) 
January 20, 2014 2:37:05 PM

what's your full system spec?
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January 20, 2014 2:39:33 PM

AshyCFC said:
what's your full system spec?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ B&H)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $931.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-20 17:39 EST-0500)
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January 20, 2014 2:43:31 PM

Do you have the drivers installed? Current drivers from AMD? If yes you might have a bad card.
If you have a 2nd GPU you can test the PCIe slot and see if its performing the way it should. That way you can narrow it down to just the GPU which you might need to RMA.

Only other possibility I can think of is your bottleneck-ed by your CPU but if its a current system that is probably not the issue.
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January 20, 2014 2:44:21 PM

curiously this spec recommends a 650w strong PSU but I don't think that's the problem. That system should be able to Run at a good FPS.]
Have you checked for the latest drivers?
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January 20, 2014 2:53:45 PM

Look at your GPU usage and stats while you are running the tests and usage. It sounds kind of like you are getting half the performance of what you should be, so monitor your VRAM usage, as well as your clock speeds of your GPU core and memory. Just make sure everything looks as normal, you could have a defective card.
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January 20, 2014 2:58:15 PM

Thanks for your replies guys :)  im gonna see what i can do about getting it refunded or swapped out for a GTX 770. hopefully the guys i bought it from are understanding, have any of you ever bought form Overclocker.co.uk? do they have good customer service? :) 
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January 20, 2014 3:06:02 PM

TheRevo said:
Thanks for your replies guys :)  im gonna see what i can do about getting it refunded or swapped out for a GTX 770. hopefully the guys i bought it from are understanding, have any of you ever bought form Overclocker.co.uk? do they have good customer service? :) 


I did the same thing and got a 770, my 280X died immediately when I booted up BF4. I hope it works out for you!
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January 20, 2014 3:14:00 PM

thanks man, i regret not choosing the 770 now.. fingers crossed :) 
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January 20, 2014 3:51:05 PM

TheRevo said:
thanks man, i regret not choosing the 770 now.. fingers crossed :) 


#1 Rule when you build a PC: Never regret any parts you used. If you do that you will end up not enjoying your new system, for example, I read that 2GB of video memory was fine before I got my 770 and that the 4GB won't be used properly anyways on that model (both statements are true), however afterwards I was doubting it because BF4 uses so close to 2GB VRAM. However, 2GB is fine if you do decide to go with a 770, you can get a 4GB model if you want, I wouldn't advise it unless you want to add another to SLI in the future, but otherwise a 770 with 2GB of memory will be amazing for the next few years of 1080P gaming.

Remember, if you keep spending so that your computer doesn't have any bottlenecks, your wallet is going to end up being your bottleneck!
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May 16, 2014 12:16:29 AM

Hi, I have the exact same configuration as you mention (except that i have the evo version of the motherboard, 550w power supply and ssd which as far as i know can't be an issue regarding fps drops(?).
Anywayz i was initially getting lower fps on ultra in bf4 than test showed. Then i noticed i was running the game on 1200p not 1080p. I tested both resolutions again and noticed that if i'm running 1080p i'm getting pretty much the same results as the test showed. The game runs smooth on ultra-settings. Now i'm playing on 1200p / ultra cus it's working very good in both cases (rarely drops under 50fps).
Be sure to check your running the game on mantle not DX 11!! Cuz on DX11 the performance isn't comparable to mantle (BF4 speaking).

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