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Am I bottlenecking my 4890?

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February 9, 2010 1:38:02 AM

It seems to be performing the same as my nvidia BFG 8800gt :non: 

Also I believe my MOBO is PCI-Express x16 and not PCI-Express 2.0 x16

Gigabyte- M57SLI-S4 mobo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
3gb of ddr2 ram
700W Power Supply
32bit XP

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February 9, 2010 11:48:50 AM

Yes, though the 6000+ is decently fast, you need something more powerful to keep up with a 4890.
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February 9, 2010 11:59:38 AM

The CPU is the thing holding the 4890 from performing at its best
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February 9, 2010 1:57:54 PM

Yup, your Athlon is holding 4890 performance...
get a better CPU and u will fly with that card... :) 
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February 9, 2010 4:22:52 PM

thanks guys.. i assumed that was it. there is no L3 cache with the 6000+ :o 

looks like i need to build a whole new computer.. :heink: 
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February 9, 2010 4:36:46 PM

solce said:
thanks guys.. i assumed that was it. there is no L3 cache with the 6000+ :o 

looks like i need to build a whole new computer.. :heink: 


Yeah that's the thing about computers, they seem to always need upgrading.
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February 9, 2010 5:24:54 PM

Woah, woah, woah.

What the fcuk is with these judgements when no evidence has been passed?

It could be that he is cpu limited, but there is no evidence for that in his posts.

OP, what games are you trying to play and what fps are you getting?

Does changing graphics settings result in a change of fps?

What procedure did you use to clear out the old drivers?
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February 9, 2010 6:13:59 PM

^+1
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February 9, 2010 8:04:44 PM

strangestranger said:
Woah, woah, woah.

What the fcuk is with these judgements when no evidence has been passed?

It could be that he is cpu limited, but there is no evidence for that in his posts.

OP, what games are you trying to play and what fps are you getting?

Does changing graphics settings result in a change of fps?

What procedure did you use to clear out the old drivers?


just tried playing around with settings and the FPS seemed to stay around the same, whether I had the settings maxed (4xAA) or on the lowest. I'd get mostly around 75fps but would drop to 35-40ish at times and the highest would be 120ish (looking at the sky). I'm playing COD:WAW on 1280x1024. Seems the same as I got with my 8800 gt.

to clear the drivers I just uninstalled through device manager, then went to add remove programs and removed the nvidia stuff. rebooted. no drive sweeper. would that really matter?
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February 9, 2010 8:42:58 PM

If it doesn't change that would be indicative of the cpu limiting things.

Any other games you can try just to be sure.

I don't know if the drivers would be a problem but you hear a few problems being caused by left overs from nvidia drivers.
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February 9, 2010 9:00:44 PM

strangestranger said:
If it doesn't change that would be indicative of the cpu limiting things.

Any other games you can try just to be sure.

I don't know if the drivers would be a problem but you hear a few problems being caused by left overs from nvidia drivers.

I tried it on the BC2 Beta as well... thanks
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February 10, 2010 3:33:56 AM

My question is why do you have a 4890 to play at 1280x1024? I had a rig like yours and I could play crysis with custom settings which is essentially a mix of medium and high with increased draw distance and stuff at a semi smooth 30fps at 1680x1050 using a 8800gt with a 5600+. I can mac out any COD game without any problem. most likely your problem is being cpu limited as well as shifting your load to you CPU as lower resolutions tend to tax the CPU more than the GPU and high resolutions tax the graphics card.
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February 10, 2010 5:39:40 AM

I'm not sure how well the x2 6000 OCs, but overclock your CPU by about 400MHz or more depending on your cooling. If it improves your fps then it's an obvious CPU bottleneck.
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February 10, 2010 10:30:53 AM

anonymousdude said:
My question is why do you have a 4890 to play at 1280x1024? I had a rig like yours and I could play crysis with custom settings which is essentially a mix of medium and high with increased draw distance and stuff at a semi smooth 30fps at 1680x1050 using a 8800gt with a 5600+. I can mac out any COD game without any problem. most likely your problem is being cpu limited as well as shifting your load to you CPU as lower resolutions tend to tax the CPU more than the GPU and high resolutions tax the graphics card.


i only have a 19" monitor and that's the native res
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February 10, 2010 3:28:41 PM

When getting into higher resolutions, your true CPU power will really start to show itself. The only way to get more FPS is to overclock, or upgrade. I was essentially in the same situation you are at one point.

I had a 4870 1GB matched with a X2 4800+. The performance was good enough but you knew something was lying under the hood. I soon upgraded to a Q6600 and my FPS literally tripled.
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