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April 6, 2014 5:56:43 PM

Hi,
I have a Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition, with an AMD FX-6300. When I play Skyrim my frames drop to like 20-30 when I look a certain area like a town or something, but when I'm in the wilderness my frames are usually like 40-60+. It's really been bugging me for a while and I feel like with my set up I should be easily getting 50+ frames. Oh and I do not have any mods installed. I'm really confused why my fps are so bad. Oh and I forgot to add my settings are completely maxed out but it doesn't really help even when I lower them.

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April 6, 2014 6:15:53 PM

Just turn off morphological filtering in the catalyst control center. and your problems should be solved
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April 6, 2014 6:42:48 PM

lfkfkfkffs said:
Just turn off morphological filtering in the catalyst control center. and your problems should be solved
How do I do that? Update: nevermind I found it, it was off already


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April 6, 2014 7:01:49 PM

lfkfkfkffs said:
just do as shown in the screenshot.http://sites.amd.com/us/game/technology/Pages/morpholog... . But you will be disabling, not enabling let me know what you get for fps after you do this
My Catalyst Control Center's layout is slightly different than the screenshot, and my morphological was already off

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April 6, 2014 7:11:23 PM

Do you have anything like FXAA, MSAA
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April 6, 2014 7:20:56 PM

lfkfkfkffs said:
Do you have anything like FXAA, MSAA
No not that I can tell

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April 6, 2014 7:21:19 PM

If this is happening regardless of graphics settings, I'm going to say you might have a CPU bottleneck. Skyrim doesn't run all that great on AMD CPUs because it doesn't scale across more than 2 cores, and is pretty CPU dependent, so single threaded performance is quite important for that game. I have the same graphics card as you paired with an older Intel CPU, and I don't get any major framerate drops while playing Skyrim, and that's with all graphics options turned to maximum.

Try downloading MSI Afterburner and monitor your GPU usage while playing. If you see your GPU usage drop when your framerates drop, and Windows task manager is showing one or two of your CPU cores maxed out, then you've got a CPU bottleneck. If that's the case, your options are either switch to Intel, or try overclocking your FX 6300 to try to alleviate the bottleneck.
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April 6, 2014 7:23:57 PM

Can you open up paint and run skyrim for me and take a screenshot of your video settings in skyrim? just print screen and then CTRL V it into paint and upload it to imgur and link it to me
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April 6, 2014 7:27:28 PM

Supernova1138 said:
If this is happening regardless of graphics settings, I'm going to say you might have a CPU bottleneck. Skyrim doesn't run all that great on AMD CPUs because it doesn't scale across more than 2 cores, and is pretty CPU dependent, so single threaded performance is quite important for that game. I have the same graphics card as you paired with an older Intel CPU, and I don't get any major framerate drops while playing Skyrim, and that's with all graphics options turned to maximum.

Try downloading MSI Afterburner and monitor your GPU usage while playing. If you see your GPU usage drop when your framerates drop, and Windows task manager is showing one or two of your CPU cores maxed out, then you've got a CPU bottleneck. If that's the case, your options are either switch to Intel, or try overclocking your FX 6300 to try to alleviate the bottleneck.
I mean the FX-6300 isn't that bad, even if it was using only 2 cores it should be fine right? And it's overclocked to 4.2 GHz. I will try the MSI afterburner thing as well.

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April 6, 2014 7:27:46 PM

There is no way in hell the 7870 would be bottle necked by a 6300. Would an I5 run better yes. but is it worth it? no
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April 6, 2014 7:28:08 PM

lfkfkfkffs said:
Can you open up paint and run skyrim for me and take a screenshot of your video settings in skyrim? just print screen and then CTRL V it into paint and upload it to imgur and link it to me
Alright hold on, i'll try.

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April 6, 2014 7:38:49 PM

lfkfkfkffs said:
There is no way in hell the 7870 would be bottle necked by a 6300. Would an I5 run better yes. but is it worth it? no


For most games that would be true, but Skyrim is quite infamous for being a lot more processor bound than GPU bound. Back when Skyrim came out the GTX 580 was the fastest single GPU out there, and it performed similarly to the Radeon HD 7870, and it ran into bottlenecks on Skyrim with most of the AMD CPUs available at the time along with older and slower Core 2 Duo chips.

For the vast majority of games, you won't hit a bottleneck with an FX 6300 paired with a midrange GPU, but Skyrim and Starcraft 2 are the big exceptions, where even a Core i3 is vastly superior for those titles.
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April 6, 2014 7:46:41 PM

but why should someone switch to intel just for one game?
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April 6, 2014 7:48:54 PM

http://imgur.com/5Mw3bMP here it is sorry it took so long I've never used paint to take a screenshot before so it was a little confusing.
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April 6, 2014 7:49:05 PM

Depends on how much the OP likes Skyrim, if he plans to play a lot of it and it's his favourite game ever, then switching might be a good idea. If not, then he may just have to deal with the occasional hiccup in game, or look at overclocking his FX 6300 higher to try to alleviate the bottleneck.
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April 6, 2014 7:54:09 PM

Supernova1138 said:
Depends on how much the OP likes Skyrim, if he plans to play a lot of it and it's his favourite game ever, then switching might be a good idea. If not, then he may just have to deal with the occasional hiccup in game, or look at overclocking his FX 6300 higher to try to alleviate the bottleneck.
Yeah Skyrim is not my favorite game, but I'll play it once in a while to have some fun. I use to play quite a bit, I would just try ignore the frame drops as much as possible. And there is no way i'm switching my CPU I just got at the beginning of this year, lol.

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April 6, 2014 7:59:48 PM

That game has been out for a while now also. I bet there new one will have a better engine for multiple threads. I would just keep your current system if you casually play it and not even bother with overclocking it even more. If every other game runs great for you don't mess with it.
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April 6, 2014 8:20:01 PM

lfkfkfkffs said:
That game has been out for a while now also. I bet there new one will have a better engine for multiple threads. I would just keep your current system if you casually play it and not even bother with overclocking it even more. If every other game runs great for you don't mess with it.
Alright, thanks for the help!

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April 6, 2014 8:22:41 PM

Np. Just don't go into the towns to much. The thieves will steal all of your gold
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April 6, 2014 8:23:58 PM

lfkfkfkffs said:
Np. Just don't go into the towns to much. The thieves will steal all of your gold
Hahaha, alright

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