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Odd Far Cry 2 Performance.

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 29, 2008 11:32:33 PM

I just bought Far Cry 2 and started playing it on my PC. With all settings on Ultra High with 1920x1200 resolution and DX10 I get a solid 25+ FPS on my configuration:

E8600 @ 4.3 Ghz
4GB G.skill Black Oc'd to 958 4-4-4-12 timings
Gigabyte P35
1 4870 X2

Now the system I just built, some of you might be acquainted with it :(  :

E6750 @ 3.6
4GB G.skill Black Oc'd to 900 4-4-4-12 timings (I love this RAM!)
XFX 680i LT
2x 8800 GTS 512mb
1 WD 640GB
PC Power and Cooling 750w

It is totally unplayable at high/very high/ultra high at any resolution with any amounts of AA with DX10 enabled... in Ultra High in 1920x1200 resolution with DX9 the game tends to be very playable. Am I wrong about thinking this system should be able to play Far Cry 2 in DX10 even with lowered settings... atleast? This system is supposed to go to my cousin on Sunday, so I am freaking out a bit.

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October 29, 2008 11:45:50 PM

what about other games? if other games are fine, then maybe its the gpu's driver. try the far cry2 forum from their site.
October 29, 2008 11:53:52 PM

I tried other, older games, and they seemed fine and got about 16.5k in 3dmark06. I will update the drivers AGAIN, lol...
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October 29, 2008 11:59:06 PM

I have officially found the 180.42 BETA drivers that nVidia says "Recommended for the best experience on Far Cry 2". I checked for a driver update once I bought Far Cry 2, and did not find any. It is usually my policy NEVER to use beta drivers, as I do not trust them. I will try these, thanks for the help. Who says nVidia drivers are better than ATI drivers?

Edit: Sigh... the one time I don't get all paranoid about a new game, the new game I buy requires a BETA release driver to run half way decently. With 5 minutes of research under my belt I am 99% sure this will fix my problem. Thanks.
October 30, 2008 1:12:33 AM

Alright, I disabled SLI while I was downloading the 180.42 drivers and the performance in Far Cry 2 more than doubled... after I installed the new drivers I am now getting very similar performance to my setup. I am glad that PC can max out a game like this, my cousin's B-day will kick ass!
October 30, 2008 1:20:42 AM

good to hear. most new games will have trouble if theres a sli or crossfire. usually, patch or drivers update will fix it.
October 30, 2008 4:42:57 AM

For an even better performancem you could've got a HD 4870 for the new rig. It supports DX 10.1 and far cry 2 also supports DX 10.1 That could give you a boost
October 30, 2008 5:42:13 AM

Try this settings in the Nvidia Control Panel - 3D Settings

Anisotropic filtering : Application controlled
Antialiasing gamma correction ...On
Antialiasing mode ...Application controlled
Antialiasing Transparency ....Off
Conformat texture clamp Off
Error reporting ...Off
Extension limit ...Off
Force mipmaps ... None
Maximun prerenderred frames ....4
Multidisplay/mixed gpu acceleration ...single display performance mode
Texture filtering Anisotropic optmization ....Off
Texture filtering / Negative Lod bias ...Clamp
Texture filtering quality ... High Performance
T Filtering Trilinear Optimization .... Off
Threatead optmization .... Off
Trippe bufering ...Off
Vertical sync ... 3d applicationsetting (off in the game menu)

I hope that helps =)

October 30, 2008 6:20:10 AM

i almost forget i was using nvidia drivers 180.43
October 30, 2008 9:40:26 AM

rags_20 said:
For an even better performancem you could've got a HD 4870 for the new rig. It supports DX 10.1 and far cry 2 also supports DX 10.1 That could give you a boost

I got 2 8800 GTS 512s for under $210 shipped, a 4870 can't touch that value. Also SLI'd 8800 GTS 512s perform MUCH better than a single 4870... it performs close to my 4870 X2.

Edit: I had updated my drivers, but used the official drivers and not the BETA release.