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HD 6950 and i5 2400 Low Performance in BF3

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March 29, 2012 6:32:40 PM

Hello,

A while ago I had a AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core processor and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. I bought a brand new HD 6950 1GB last year and found out that the 9850 was bottle necking it (could barely achieve 45 FPS on high with no form of AA).

Anyway, yesterday I went out and bought a brand new i5 2400 quad-core processor and 8GB of DDR3 RAM, along with a brand new motherboard. I also completely re-installed windows to give my computer a fresh start.

I loaded up battlefield 3 this morning, and I am still only able to achieve 40-45 FPS on most maps. I don't understand why this is happening. I'm convinced my rig could AT LEAST do 60 FPS on high, or am I wrong?



TLDR: only managing 40 FPS using a HD 6950 and an i5 2400, cannot understand at all why it won't go higher.


Please help!
March 29, 2012 7:05:10 PM

Some general information

-Using 12.3 drivers
-Windows 7 64-bit
-Computer completely defragged


System specs:

Processor: i5 2400 3.10 (3.30)ghz
GPU: Gigabyte HD 6950 1GB
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
RAM: 8GB Vengeance DDR3
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March 29, 2012 7:42:56 PM

I'm not an AMD expert so can't really comment on whether your processor was bottlenecking performance. (BTW CPU bottlenecking is never an issue with AA - this is entirely a GPU task and CPU performance will make no difference to the performance hit you suffer when enabling AA).

What I can say is that your system is perfect for running BF3 at high settings. Both CPU and GPU are easily powerful enough. For most people, 45 fps is enough.

It is not suitable for ultra. Ultra really only works acceptably with the following hardware:

- SLI or x-fire with at least 6950 or 560 Ti
- Single GPU with at least 7970 or GTX 680

But this is nothing to worry about. Your rig is a vastly capable one. BF3 is one of the most punishing games out there.
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March 29, 2012 11:16:41 PM

bwrlane said:
I'm not an AMD expert so can't really comment on whether your processor was bottlenecking performance. (BTW CPU bottlenecking is never an issue with AA - this is entirely a GPU task and CPU performance will make no difference to the performance hit you suffer when enabling AA).

What I can say is that your system is perfect for running BF3 at high settings. Both CPU and GPU are easily powerful enough. For most people, 45 fps is enough.

It is not suitable for ultra. Ultra really only works acceptably with the following hardware:

- SLI or x-fire with at least 6950 or 560 Ti
- Single GPU with at least 7970 or GTX 680

But this is nothing to worry about. Your rig is a vastly capable one. BF3 is one of the most punishing games out there.


After reading that and talking to some friends, I'm starting to agree more to that. I guess I overestimated my 6950. I wish I could achieve 50-60 (you're right, 45 is enough but I really wanted to reach 60 FPS). Overclocking time I suppose, lol.

Thank you!
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