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Nvidia GTX 260 and Starcraft 2

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April 6, 2011 3:42:57 AM

Hello,
This is my first time on this forum, or any tech forum that is as a poster. I have recently had some trouble with my rig and Starcraft 2. Not sure if my card is going bad or there is some settings i need to change. Basically I used to be around 50fps on default high settings. Now i can't above 30fps unless i turn shaders to low, which if you have played the game on higher settings looks pretty sad. I feel based on the rig i have the game should be flying but i feel its crawling. Heres what I have under the hood:
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1752158

or if you don't want to go to the link:
CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 4 Cores - 4 Threads
CPU PSN : Intel Core i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz
CPU EXT : MMX, SSE (1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2), EM64T, VT-x
CPUID : 6.E.5 / Extended : 6.1E
CPU Cache : L1 : 4 x 32 / 4 x 32 KB - L2 : 4 x 256 KB
CPU Cache : L3 : 8192 KB
Core : Lynnfield (45 nm) / Stepping : B1
Freq : 3148.67 MHz (149.94 * 21)
MB Brand : Gigabyte
MB Model : P55A-UD4P
NB : Intel DMI Host Bridge rev 11
SB : Intel P55 rev 06
GPU Type : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
GPU Clocks : Core 666 MHz / RAM 1150 MHz
DirectX Version : 11.0
RAM : 8192 MB DDR3 Dual Channel
RAM Speed : 749.7 MHz (2:10) @ 9-9-9-24
Slot 1 : 2048MB (10700)
Slot 1 Manufacturer : G.Skill
Slot 2 : 2048MB (10700)
Slot 2 Manufacturer : G.Skill
Slot 3 : 2048MB (10700)
Slot 3 Manufacturer : G.Skill
Slot 4 : 2048MB (10700)
Slot 4 Manufacturer : G.Skill

I appreciate any and all comments and help. Thanks.
April 6, 2011 3:52:43 AM

What programs do you have running in the background while you are playing this game?
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April 6, 2011 5:28:21 AM

I agree with mitician.
Have you installed anything else before having this problem. What are the apps that you run in the background ? Closing them down can give you more FPS, if memory is the problem.
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April 6, 2011 4:27:05 PM

mictian1980 said:
What programs do you have running in the background while you are playing this game?

I like my machine simple. I have 8 gb of ram and while running sc2 alone I don't even hit 40% usage. I am only using windows security essentials for my anti virus. I don't use any Internet security. I have been up-to-date on my drivers and windows updates. I tried again this morning on a fresh reboot of my machine. When playing on 1920x1080 and default settings of high, depending on the map I go between 30-38 fps. In my 1v1 with a.I. As I progressed with more units I dropped to 19fps. I even tried setting the resolution to 1680x1050 same results. My xfx gtx 260 product code: GX-260N-ADBF is at stock settings and is using the 266.58 driver for nvidia. Let me know if there is any other info that would help. And again thank you for taking the time to help me with this issue.
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April 6, 2011 5:52:59 PM

266.58 is the latest nvidia drivers. try rolling back your drivers, that may help.
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April 6, 2011 6:00:30 PM

ct1615 said:
266.58 is the latest nvidia drivers. try rolling back your drivers, that may help.

Thanks for the suggestion on the rollback of the driver. I just tried it, didn't improve the performance. I guess my main question is with the system specs I originally posted, shouldn't I not have any problem running sc2 at at least default high settings?
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April 6, 2011 6:24:49 PM

t33ballaz said:
Thanks for the suggestion on the rollback of the driver. I just tried it, didn't improve the performance. I guess my main question is with the system specs I originally posted, shouldn't I not have any problem running sc2 at at least default high settings?

it could be the latest blizzard patch also, check their forum for similar issues

CPU wise you are more then fine



and the GTX260 is capable of running SC2 on ultra settings with no problem

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April 6, 2011 7:58:49 PM

not sure why this happened to u recently and it might be due to the latest blizzards updates (as mentioned above). however, sc2 is more cpu hungry than graphix hungry. I had to oc my cpu from 2.6 to 2.9 in order to play it with decent fps.
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April 13, 2011 12:13:30 AM

Hey thank you to all that posted to help on this. They were all great suggestions, but the issue source was in my own ignorance. I had forgot that I had been "experimenting" with the NVIDIA control panel customizations. Upon uninstalling the driver and reinstalling, all the NVIDIA control panel settings went back to default. Upon entering SC2 it defaultly picked High and I was now at 96fps. I bumbed up all settings to ultra and i am now at 72fps. I capped the frames to 60fps to lower stress on the card and I couldn't be happier.

So thanks again. I have gained faith in posting on this forum for help. Great community and great people to respond. Thanks AGAIN.
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April 13, 2011 4:09:07 AM

t33ballaz said:
Hey thank you to all that posted to help on this. They were all great suggestions, but the issue source was in my own ignorance. I had forgot that I had been "experimenting" with the NVIDIA control panel customizations. Upon uninstalling the driver and reinstalling, all the NVIDIA control panel settings went back to default. Upon entering SC2 it defaultly picked High and I was now at 96fps. I bumbed up all settings to ultra and i am now at 72fps. I capped the frames to 60fps to lower stress on the card and I couldn't be happier.

So thanks again. I have gained faith in posting on this forum for help. Great community and great people to respond. Thanks AGAIN.


:lol:  So you didn't need these guys expertise ?!
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April 13, 2011 4:09:48 AM

jgiron said:
not sure why this happened to u recently and it might be due to the latest blizzards updates (as mentioned above). however, sc2 is more cpu hungry than graphix hungry. I had to oc my cpu from 2.6 to 2.9 in order to play it with decent fps.

That is true, but it only takes the stress on the CPU during the Cut scenes in game.
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