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Overclocking XFX R7 260X = BF4 Lag!?

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February 17, 2014 7:19:06 AM

I've recently been overclocking my XFX Radeon R7 260X, with clocks as follows: Core: 1250 MHz, Memory: 1825 MHz, and Power Limit: 20. (Defaults are 1065 MHz Core, 1600 MHz memory, and 0 Power Limit.) To overclock, I've used Sapphire TRIXX. On Battlefield 4 at 1080p, High Settings, without overclocking, I get about 29 to 60 FPS. When I overclock, I get 12 to 20 FPS. What!? Someone please tell me what's happening, or how to fix this!
a c 81 K Overclocking
February 17, 2014 11:53:09 AM

Most likely means your overclock is unstable. Did you raise your voltage (core/VDDC; memory/MVDDC) at all? Keep in mind that core and memory clocks are tied to different voltages.

How did you overclock? Did you start with only core or memory? Because you should only be focusing on one at a time. If you raise both and the OC is unstable, you won't know which is the problem (assuming they both aren't unstable OCs).
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February 18, 2014 5:03:08 PM

ihog said:
Most likely means your overclock is unstable. Did you raise your voltage (core/VDDC; memory/MVDDC) at all? Keep in mind that core and memory clocks are tied to different voltages.

How did you overclock? Did you start with only core or memory? Because you should only be focusing on one at a time. If you raise both and the OC is unstable, you won't know which is the problem (assuming they both aren't unstable OCs).


Well, thanks for the solution, but I've fixed the problem, partially. This time, I changed the power limit to 4, and the core clock to 1250, and left the memory at its default. However, I'm getting about 3 to 4 more FPS, (which would make it about 33 to 56 FPS on Battlefield 4. The 60 FPS part was an exaggeration.) and my friend gets 40 - 50 FPS on the same graphical settings, at 1080p! I'm thinking it could be my CPU, the AMD A10-7850K. Do you think my CPU is holding me back? My friend's CPU is the FX-8350
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a b K Overclocking
February 18, 2014 5:25:58 PM

Make sure you're getting higher FPS as you overclock.
I'm not saying to start flashing your BIOS or anything but..
You might get an idea here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1453627/how-to-get-the-most-...
I do believe it would be the CPU holding you back.No L3 cache..
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February 18, 2014 5:37:41 PM

schmuckley said:
Make sure you're getting higher FPS as you overclock.
I'm not saying to start flashing your BIOS or anything but..
You might get an idea here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1453627/how-to-get-the-most-...
I do believe it would be the CPU holding you back.No L3 cache..


Well, I did want to see if Kaveri was a good CPU, and every other game ran fine with it. But, anyway, what CPU would you recommend without me getting a new motherboard? My motherboard supports FM2 and FM2+.
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a b K Overclocking
February 18, 2014 6:49:37 PM

You already have the best one for that socket;There is no better chip for that motherboard, sorry.
Overclocking your CPU might help :) 
They are quite overclockable...and I believe they'll push RAM pretty high, too.
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February 18, 2014 7:23:12 PM

schmuckley said:
You already have the best one for that socket;There is no better chip for that motherboard, sorry.
Overclocking your CPU might help :) 
They are quite overclockable...and I believe they'll push RAM pretty high, too.


I'm quite skeptic about overclocking my CPU, as I have the default cooler that came with it. Also, my ram is already at 2400 MHz, and I think that's good enough.
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a c 81 K Overclocking
February 19, 2014 9:57:28 AM

You can try overclocking mildly without raising the voltage. You may not be able to, but it won't hurt to try as long as you're careful.

And it was said before, but your CPU is definitely holding you back. BF4 uses all cores of my 3570K @ 4.5 GHz at almost 100% in multiplayer using DX11.1.

You could also try installing the latest beta driver and using the Mantle API instead of DX11/11.1 before trying to overclock your CPU.
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February 19, 2014 4:12:51 PM

ihog said:
You can try overclocking mildly without raising the voltage. You may not be able to, but it won't hurt to try as long as you're careful.

And it was said before, but your CPU is definitely holding you back. BF4 uses all cores of my 3570K @ 4.5 GHz at almost 100% in multiplayer using DX11.1.

You could also try installing the latest beta driver and using the Mantle API instead of DX11/11.1 before trying to overclock your CPU.


You know what's dumb? I installed the Mantle drivers and lost FPS! Usually when I look at the sky, I get 60 FPS, and yes I know that's what's supposed to happen, but with Mantle, I get 30 - 40 FPS when looking at the sky... and I lose about 10 to 15 FPS overall, when just in battles etc.
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a c 81 K Overclocking
February 20, 2014 9:38:15 AM

You changed the API in BF4 from DirectX11/11.1 to Mantle and you lost FPS? Damn, those drivers must be buggy.
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February 23, 2014 6:01:22 AM

ihog said:
You changed the API in BF4 from DirectX11/11.1 to Mantle and you lost FPS? Damn, those drivers must be buggy.


Yea, the drivers are Beta, so I was kind of expected it. Anyway, do you recommend upgrading to Windows 8 or just keeping Windows 7? I've heard that Windows 8 can give more performance with Battlefield 4. (And other games of course.) So, should I upgrade? I like Windows 7 much more, but if I get a performance increase, I'll upgrade to Windows 8.
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a c 81 K Overclocking
February 25, 2014 9:43:13 AM

Sorry for not answering sooner.

It does, because of DirectX11.1. Check this: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/11/24/battlefield_4...

Get Windows 8.1. I love it. Just use the Desktop mode. Only thing you're losing is the traditional start menu, but frankly, I don't even miss it.

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February 25, 2014 1:47:13 PM

ihog said:
Sorry for not answering sooner.

It does, because of DirectX11.1. Check this: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/11/24/battlefield_4...

Get Windows 8.1. I love it. Just use the Desktop mode. Only thing you're losing is the traditional start menu, but frankly, I don't even miss it.



All right, when I get my hands on a copy I'll install it. But what would Windows 8.1 help with? CPU or GPU or both?
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a c 81 K Overclocking
February 26, 2014 10:47:07 AM

Just the GPU because of DirectX11.1, and that's really only in BF4. The only other game that supports DX11.1, if I remember correctly, is Star Trek Online.
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February 26, 2014 2:15:47 PM

ihog said:
Just the GPU because of DirectX11.1, and that's really only in BF4. The only other game that supports DX11.1, if I remember correctly, is Star Trek Online.


Well then if my CPU is holding me back, then how will upgrading to Windows 8 make a difference?
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a c 81 K Overclocking
February 27, 2014 9:55:57 AM

It will raise your max FPS, not your lows. And who knows, maybe Mantle works better in Windows 8.
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March 8, 2014 1:24:28 PM

With the 14.2 and driver mantle is working it gave me from 30 to 45 fps in bf4 with my 260x

So yes try it and also why you bought 10-7850k anyway his GPU can't crossfire your anyway ???
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