I just bought the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 SOC graphics card and i got mass effect 3. I never had the chance to play mass effect or mass effect 2 because my previous computer wasn't built for gaming. So i installed this new graphics card and played the first mass effect. To my surprise it started to lag, especially in wide open areas like the Citadel. The screen sometimes stops for 3-4 seconds. One more thing, some graphics card components failed during installation : Physx System Software and HD Audio Driver. The graphics driver was successfully installed so i just didn't care about the rest.
So what is the problem here? Is it the cpu? Or maybe the psu?
Update every driver for every piece of hardware in your computer.
Check for any patch's for the game.
I had a freind who had the same kind of problem, he was going to buy a new graphics card until he asked me to have a look at it.
He had the graphcis card in the x8 PCI-e (were your second GPU goes if you have SLI/crossfire.)
I just put the graphics card directly below the previous PCI port. There are three ports exactly the same size and now i have placed it in the middle. Is it supposed to be in the middle or all the way down near the psu? And one more thing, does it really matter if i put my only graphics card in the pci slot where the 2nd is supposed to be? I am not saying you are wrong or anything, just curious. Is it not used to it's full potential if it's placed in the 2nd slot.
Thank you for responding so quickly to my question and i apologize if i bother you with these dumb questions.
I have patched the game and i have updated every driver for every piece of hardware, but i still see no difference. I dont even see a perfomance improvement after changing my gtx 560 to 580. Something is wrong , i just dont know what.