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low frame rates on new build... any ideas?

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January 7, 2008 2:45:31 PM

Hello all,

I have been getting some low frame rates and I was wondering if anyone had an idea as to why.

My build is this
Q6600 overclocked to 2.8 (Just the Asus auto 15% overclock)
Striker Extreme mobo latest 1305 bios
2 Asus 8800GT's in SLI
4GB Crucial Balastix 800 ram
2 seagate 360GB 16mb hard drives on raid 0
X-Fi extreme gamer sound card

When I play WoW, with SLI on or off, I only get like 45fps. If I change to windowed mode, I get 150fps with maxed setttings at 1680x1050. Also, as far as I can tell, Crysis and Obvilion don't seem to change much with SLI on. I have looked at all the settings and they seem to be correct. I thought it might be a bad video card so I swtiched them up but there was no change. Any ideas?
January 7, 2008 2:58:15 PM

Have u updated the VGA driver?
January 7, 2008 3:02:55 PM

Yea I keep checking Asus for motherboard updates and I have the latest driver from Nvidia which is 169.21

I am running Windows XP Pro 64. Can't believe i forgot to mention that lol.
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January 7, 2008 3:07:51 PM

Your PSU?
January 7, 2008 3:30:59 PM

Antec Truepower trio 650
January 7, 2008 3:40:41 PM

Did you connect the two cards via the bridge chip and plug power into the second card? I know its a dumb question, but some things do get overlooked when people are excited.


Try running GPU-Z and seeing what your cards are running at. Test them in 3dmark06 to guage what your performance is. Try only running 1 card and test again. Make sure all your drivers are up to date and installed properly (uninstalling old ones first).
January 7, 2008 3:53:04 PM

Yes everything is connected. I tried running 3Dmark06 since it came with my computer. I believe one card got around 10k and with SLI i got 15k last night. I use cpu-z but i didnt know about the gpu-z. I will def try that when i get home.
January 7, 2008 4:03:40 PM

Have you looked into some past issues with WOW and SLI? I just googled and saw many. Older posts, but might give you some clues.
January 7, 2008 4:40:14 PM

Yea I did. As I said in the first post, SLI on or off. I have tried both ways and it seems to be about the same FPS. It's just weird when I switched it to windowed mode last night for an unrelated reason, I saw my FPS skyrocket. I just thought it was weird.
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