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How can I tell if my video card is getting enough power?!

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November 3, 2006 4:11:44 PM

Hi all,


See the title. More specifically, IF my card is not getting enough power, can that actually cause low FPS in games?


I have checked and the card does not underclock itself (not according to Rivatuner at least..it says it's still@550 core, 1400 mem), both in games and when I run 3DMark06:

3dMark06 score: 4209 3DMarks
SM2.0 Score 2133
HDR/SM3.0 Score 2124
CPU Score 771

Is this score proof enough that my card is getting enough power/is not being underpowered? Or 3DMark06 is perhaps not a very demanding benchmark - real games are more demanding, like BF2142 (see below)?


Reason I ask is that most games run great, but I was kinda expecting higher FPS in BF2142, espec on 64 player maps. Mostly it's around 20-60fps (pretty much regardless of what video settings I use). Especially on maps like Fall of Berlin (64 players) it seems to be on the low side..


Rig:

AMD 64 3000+ (@2009Mhz)
1024Mb+512Mb DDR 400
Gainward Bliss 7800GS+ 512Mb (G71@550 core, 1400 mem, 24 pipes)
3 HDs
1 DVD-RW
SB Audigy 2
Socket 754 AGP
PSU Antec TruePower 380W


Thanks guys for your help,



/ Attackboll

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Anonymous
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November 3, 2006 4:25:58 PM

the lower then expected FPS and the
Quote:
Mostly it's around 20-60fps (pretty much regardless of what video settings I use).


all indicate CPU bottleneck, especially on maps with many players, check you CPU usage, pretty sure it will be thru the roof all the way!

Signs of a weak PSU are instability, crashes, BSOD and so on.
November 3, 2006 4:39:07 PM

Quote:
the lower then expected FPS and the Mostly it's around 20-60fps (pretty much regardless of what video settings I use).


all indicate CPU bottleneck, especially on maps with many players, check you CPU usage, pretty sure it will be thru the roof all the way!

Signs of a weak PSU are instability, crashes, BSOD and so on.

Yeah I realize I'm CPU-limited in some games, didn't think BF2142 was one of them tho - not to the extent it would force the system down to like 20FPS at least.. :?:

It's only BF2142 that behaves like this...BF2 on 64 player maps: 35-75 FPS. You think BF2142 is more demanding on the CPU, than BF2 is?


/ Attackboll
November 4, 2006 12:48:36 AM

yeah try and overclock your cpu a little bit, if your motherboard lets you.
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