Low performance on new build?

So i just bought a new computer....

Installed crysis warhead and started to play. However, it feels like i should have better performance. So i was hoping if anyone could see if this system has any obvious bottlenecks giving low fps or if this just is normal.

Crysis Warhead settings :

ALL on gamer (High) - 1920*1200 - AA off

Using FRAPS to check the FPS. When i am running the game the first 30 mins the game is between 30 and 60 with an assumed average of 40 i think. The FPS is high in forested areas and canyons etc, but lower when the view distance is larger. Standing still looking in one direction gives a stable FPS. however, if i start to look around the FPS quickly drops from perhaps 50 to 35ish and stays low until i focus in one direction again.

So the question is, should i expect this performance with the game on the current build? I read a test where the HD 5970 is actually doing the same performance on a 920 at @ E n t h u s i a s t , D X 1 0, 0 x A A.




My computer build :

CPU : INTEL CORE I7-860 2.80GHZ SKT1156 FSB1333 8MB
PSU : CORSAIR Power Supply 850W HX (CMPSU-850HXEU)
RAM : CORSAIR 4GB (KIT) DDR3 1600MHz/ CL7/ DOMINATOR GT
MB: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD6, P55, Socket-1156
GPU : XFX HD 5970
HD : 2 TB WD 7200 RPM

OS : Windows 7 home premium
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  1. im getting about the same results as you are , as long as your not seeing any jerking or choppiness in your game play, your fine. I got mine set at the same settings accept im running 1920x1080p.
    my system specs
    Intel core 2 quad q9400
    nvidia DeForce 250
    asus P5Q Turbo mobo
    4GB Mushkin DDR2-1066
    windows 7-64bit PRO
  2. and by DeForce i mean GeForce
  3. Your cpu might be the one holding back your 5970. 2.8ghz isnt enough to push it to its max potential. Overclock to 3.5ghz+ or higher.
  4. Trying to figure out how to overclock it now. Noticed that my cpu was running at max 2,0 Ghz. Loaded optimized defaults in the bios and now it is running at 3,0 Ghz while playing crysis. So seems like the cpu ramping didnt work well with default values.

    Will figure out how to overclock and hopefully that will boost performance some.
  5. Overclock manually. Dont use the default settings.
  6. Overclocked the i7-860 from 2,8 to 3,7 (BCLK 170) and the RAM from 1333 to 1700.

    Crysis now runs at 40-80 fps :)
  7. Great, nice to see OP not afraid to OC.
  8. Heh, actually runnin crysis warhead on maximum settings at 1920*1200 and its running stable at 40-70 fps......just got to love this :)
  9. careful man, watch your heat , monitor the crap out of that overclock to make sure your whole system is running stable now. get a Hardware MOnitor from CPUID. It will run stable at idle , its when you start stressing your machine is when you will start the overheating problems.
  10. Quote:
    Heh, actually runnin crysis warhead on maximum settings at 1920*1200 and its running stable at 40-70 fps......just got to love this :)

    on maximum settings..AA & AF on max?
  11. WELL, no AA and AF off, but rest maks. Averaging around 55 i think, so its a smooth gameplay. Im more then happy
  12. steadfast1984 said:
    careful man, watch your heat , monitor the crap out of that overclock to make sure your whole system is running stable now. get a Hardware MOnitor from CPUID. It will run stable at idle , its when you start stressing your machine is when you will start the overheating problems.


    I used prime to stress test the system for 20 mins. Maks cpu core temp was 80, average 75. When playing crysis or modern warefare the maks temp on the cpu was 58 degrees C.

    Im no expert, but think this should be safe.
  13. that's a bit high..... I set my son's box at an every day OC 58, 54, 55, 54

    For Crysis, we made a loadable BIOS profile which gives 4.2 GHz with temps of 74, 71, 70, 70
  14. What should i do to lower it? Do i need to reduce the BCLK or the core voltage? The core voltage is now 1.29 at idle and 1.245 at 100% stredd through prime. (Dont know why core voltage drops btw when the cpu is stressing.....)
  15. Glad to hear the increase in fps. =D
  16. thats a bit warm, id say to you to upgrade your cooling, im running at 3.2GHz OC stock 2.66. my stress max temp is 55degrees on the hottest core with air cooling. thats with prime run for 4 hours. Farcry2 get to the same temps. you want to keep everything as cool as you can even if it costs you a couple extra bucks. this will give you a nice long life out of your computer. the hotter it is, the shorter the lifespan.
  17. Yeh I can see what you mean. Might be just the CPU clock speed bottlenecking it a bit. Overclock it, you might see some better results.
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