Yeah, I am running it at the same resolution (1024x768) in the games. The only thing I can think could be accounting for any of this is some sort of bottlenecking and/or driver issue. I've looked at every site known to me on the internet about tweaking, my hardware, etc. And I really can't seem to find anything of great interest!
Its just infuriating because I bought this card to make my computer run better and smoother and its totally underperforming.