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Poor Performance With a R9 290

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February 24, 2014 9:01:00 AM

Hi guys,

I recently built a new gaming pc and i have been pretty dissapointed with the performance im getting.


These are my specs:

CPU: FX 8350 (Stock)
GPU: Sapphire R9 290 (reference)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
RAM: 8gb 1333mhz
Power Supply: Cooler Master B700 700w

These are the benchmarks results/ fps i get

Skyrim (No mods): 72 fps (indoors) 30-45 fps (outdoors)
BF4: 30-100 fps (Mp and Sp)
3d Mark Firestrike (standard): 7863
Unigine Heaven 1.0 Avg FPS: 61.5 fps (Extreme preset)

Im using a 1600x900 monitor

Am i missing something?
Benchmarks of games ive seen online have been getting much more fps then i have (skyrim should get 100+ fps with gfx mods)

All i have done is...

Build the pc
Install the latest non beta graphics drivers
install the games

Did i miss a step?


Any help is appreciated.

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February 24, 2014 9:05:40 AM

290 is both bottlenecked by the CPU at std clocks and your resolution! Hardly has to come of idle!
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February 24, 2014 9:08:52 AM

could you elaborate?

how exactly could i fix this, i am picking up a 1920x1080 monitor in a couple of months time.

Should i overclock my cpu?
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February 24, 2014 9:12:01 AM

Overclocking the CPU will help and so will the new monitor.
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February 24, 2014 9:14:08 AM

Cool.

Thanks for your help.
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February 24, 2014 9:18:03 AM

One more question, what will help more? An overclock or the higher res monitor
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February 24, 2014 9:23:54 AM

rolli59 said:
290 is both bottlenecked by the CPU at std clocks and your resolution! Hardly has to come of idle!


290 bottlenecked by an 8350? Im going to have to politely disagree...I have an 8320 and an HD 7870 and I get the results he is getting with my setup. I rarely see my cpu get above 60-65%...and that's even playing battlefield 4.
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February 24, 2014 9:40:18 AM

toma2598 said:
One more question, what will help more? An overclock or the higher res monitor


Overclocking since you are on low resolution monitor putting more on the CPU. Balance will change when you get 1080P and the card will work harder and get at least the same results.
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