So recently I bought TF2 again after losing my account information for my previous account, and deciding to focus on my school work more than I was at the time. But anyways, to cut to the chase.
A while back (5-8 Months ago) I used to play Team Fortress 2 with 50-100 FPS at all times, even during big fire fights.
Even with close to 20 people on the screen.
Now when I run around, it's about 80 FPS, when I see anyone from the other team on my screen, my FPS jumps down to between 20 and 30 FPS, no questions asked. Even if they both of us just stand still.
My specs are :
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+
2046 MB DDR2 Ram
GeForce 8800 GTS 512
These FPS issues happen at the highest and lowest possible graphics.
I have tried all the commands I could find while searching for this problem on the internet.
I have tried FPS configs so don't even suggest those. I have tried dxlevel 81, it didn't improve anything at all.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
What resolution and setting levels are you playing at?
For TF2 your bottleneck is going to be CPU, not your GPU.
I had a similar system but AMD 64X2 5000+ 2GB DDR 400 with a 4850. I played a 1920x1080p with max setting and I had essentially the same frame rate, 20-30 FPS durning the most intense scenes.
I have tried both the lowest settings *640 x 480 on lowest settings, with FPS configs, and dxlevel 81*, and the highest settings *1680 x 1050 everything highest, HDR up, everything*, and in both cases my FPS would stay above 60 when I'm running with my team, but when another player from the opposing team comes into sight, I'm down to 30 FPS. I do not believe it's a bottleneck whatsoever. As I mentioned I played 5-8 months ago at a constant 50+, at all times. If I could do it then I can do it now, unless Valve really hates it's player base.