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Phenom II X4 940 and HD4870 512M lags in Crysis ?

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July 31, 2009 9:41:26 AM

So i have phenom II x4 940, 2GBs of ram and a sapphire HD4870 512MB. And i have lags when playing Crysis on High, DX10 mode under 1280x1024. I also benchmarked it, and it scored 46.5FPS average.

Is that normal ?

I have seen people with lower specs than me eg. 6400+ and HD4850 but 4GBs of ram. And they play on the same settings as me w/o lags. Would the 4GBs of ram make a difference ?
July 31, 2009 10:48:58 AM

Short answer? Yes, I think so.
July 31, 2009 11:05:37 AM

its normal to get terrible lags most of the time ?
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July 31, 2009 1:59:28 PM

You might not have enough RAM in your system. When I play Crysis in DX10 it uses 1-1.5Gbs by itself.
July 31, 2009 3:14:24 PM

Sorry, I didn't make that terribly clear, did I? I would say that yes, more RAM would help. Especially as you're playing with all the settings on high. I would suggest that this is probably the reason for your lag. DDR2 RAM is dirt cheap now, and it is certainly worth it.
July 31, 2009 3:47:14 PM

Yeah I use to have a HD4850x2 1GB which is 512MB per GPU and it lagged in Crysis when having Textures set to max.

Once I got my two HD4870 1GB in crossfire that lag disappeared. Now is running smooth like baby's butt :) 

In other words if you are to play at max settings you'll need more than 512MB of video RAM to load all those textures.

Cheers
July 31, 2009 4:25:39 PM

Vista + Crysis + 2GB RAM = FAIL.

Vista takes up ~850MB on my system just sitting there being Vista. You can check in your task manager to see what it is using or run that mac-wanna be icon task bar thingy to see your CPU and RAM % usage.
July 31, 2009 7:42:00 PM

How does a video card affect a network connection? I fail to see how you will lag... low FPS maybe but not lag.
July 31, 2009 10:31:18 PM

Thanks for the inputs and i just tried crysis in XP on medium settings DX9 at 1280x1024 and it still gives me lags, so im guessing its nothing to do with the VRAM ? (since im not playing at very high settings nor im using 1680x1050 etc)
August 1, 2009 7:52:52 AM

whats the minimum framerate your getting, try putting everthing on low
August 1, 2009 9:23:37 AM

19977 said:
Thanks for the inputs and i just tried crysis in XP on medium settings DX9 at 1280x1024 and it still gives me lags, so im guessing its nothing to do with the VRAM ? (since im not playing at very high settings nor im using 1680x1050 etc)



Guess again. I have a machine where I would swap out cards. it has 8gig of memory and a 3.0+ Intel Quad core. I ran a 4870/512 card for a while and didn't get great performance running Crysis. I swapper out for an over clocked GTX260. That extra little bit of video memory ( 896 ) on that card made the game more playable. I swapped that card out for an MSI Lightning to see if the 1792 memory would have an impact. Guess what ? I can run Crysis at 1680x1050 ( native ) with 8aa and not have a hiccup. I can also run it at 16Q but not very well. Try that with your 4870/512 and 2gig of on board ram. Stop fooling yourself. if you want to run the game, get the right hardware.
August 1, 2009 10:05:24 AM

shrex said:
whats the minimum framerate your getting, try putting everthing on low


I tried putting everything on low and i still get stutters and freezes. When the game freezes i can see my hard drive light flashing continously, does that indicate a lack of ram ?
August 1, 2009 10:18:46 AM

its hard to say without knowing what the minimum framerate is, the stutters could be caused by low framerate or slow texture loading
August 1, 2009 11:12:50 AM

19977 said:
I tried putting everything on low and i still get stutters and freezes. When the game freezes i can see my hard drive light flashing continously, does that indicate a lack of ram ?


No, it means the hard drive is working. You don't have enough memory. The game is dumping on the hard drive causing slow down.
August 1, 2009 12:37:29 PM

thats exactly what i said, its lacking physical memory so it uses virtual memory instead. Cuz virtual mem is way slower than physical mem so that why its freezing.
August 23, 2009 12:17:25 AM

Well i upgraded to 4GB DDR2 1066 and im running Win7 X64, the stutters while turning are gone but i still get lags in certain scenes with 1280x1024 no aa high settings in DX10 mode. But i average 56FPS in becnmarks. is that normal ?
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