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

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 ?
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  1. Short answer? Yes, I think so.
  2. its normal to get terrible lags most of the time ?
  3. You might not have enough RAM in your system. When I play Crysis in DX10 it uses 1-1.5Gbs by itself.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. How does a video card affect a network connection? I fail to see how you will lag... low FPS maybe but not lag.
  8. 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)
  9. whats the minimum framerate your getting, try putting everthing on low
  10. 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.
  11. 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 ?
  12. its hard to say without knowing what the minimum framerate is, the stutters could be caused by low framerate or slow texture loading
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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