Hi, I think I have an issue with my graphics card or maybe with another hardware component.
For over a year now I have an MSI GTX285 Super Pipe OC and whilst the performance in most games is acceptable (Fallout 3, F.E.A.R 2, Dead Space) it is never spectacular.
Recently I've re-installed Crysis and saw the frame rates drop to less than 15 fps. That's when I decided to run 3D Mark Vantage. This is my score
Shouldn't the GPU score be much higher?
Phenom II X4 940
M3A79-T Deluxe with 790FX chipset
MSI GTX285 Super Pipe OC with drivers 197.13
4 Gb Kingston 800 Mhz DDR2
Vista 64 bit
700 watt PSU
I have updated all drivers, installed a new PSU, cleaned up Windows but the score remains low.
How do I know if this is a software or hardware problem? Because 3D Mark gives a low score for the gpu I'm assuming the problem is with the video card but I may be wrong?
Help is most appreciated - I really have no clue anymore what to do next !
I am having a similiar problem with my GALAXY GTX280 also. Got an average of only 34fps on MW2 via FRAPS ( @1920x1080 all settings: Maximum). I know it's an old card, but shouldn't it at least get around 50+ fps?
Intel E8400 @3.6 Ghz ( clocked via board's AI)
Striker II Formula
GALAXY GTX280 , referent version @ stock speed, latest driver
4gb of some suckass DDR2 667Mhz (stole them from my office lol)
500gb WD cavier black
Windows 7 64bit
Tagan 600 watt PSU
No, it's not a typo ... the scores are really that low
It was the first time I played Crysis on this PC. It did run better on my AM2+ 7900GT system ...
Even COD MW 1 (not 2) did not run very well.
I've bought a couple of newer games, Metro 2033 and Bioshock 2 but don't know yet how these run.
Fact is there is a problem somewhere but I'm not able to pinpoint where it's coming from
Can I stress test or use a tool to find out if the card is really underperforming? Ran the MSI Kombustor tool and that was pretty much ok. Also some other apps did not return any problems.
There are some game benchmark tools that you can download and use to compare results on enthusiastic benchmarks, other than that, I guess looking at the temperatures and looking for artifacts, the last one doesn't seem to be the case
First, try the drivers as borisof007 and bystander recommended, and see what's what. On second you could try comparing your bench resulst with enthusiastic benchmarks on every game that you have(or download some demos)
If it really is that bad, there is something wrong. The last step is RMA, so if you have patience you can try more things first.
hmmm.... could be that I am not using a *cough* genuine version of windows 7? Thus, lacking the proper updates that could contribute to gaming performance?
I have XP home genuine version on my old computer, never updated it, never had problems.
I think I found the problem. After installing the latest 257.15 drivers AND disabling AMD cool 'n' quiet the results are much better. I noticed that the cpu was only running @800 Mhz - now it's @3010 Mhz. Guess that cool 'n' quiet was causing the problems!
Some results with 3DMark Vantage Advanced - Performance settings
1) nVidia settings on default (except power management = maximum performance)
2) nVidia settings on max. quality except anti-aliasing (application controlled) and power management = maximum performance (so with v-sync forced, supersampling, high quality occlusion, etc)
3) nVidia settings on what I believe is a good quality/performance balance - v-sync is application-controlled
Crysis benchmarking tool gives DX10 1280x1024 AA=4x, 64 bit test, Quality: very high ~~ Overall Average FPS: 3755 (+ v-sync enabled)
I guess these are acceptable results Seems to have been a software issue after all, but not caused by a gpu but by a cpu feature!