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August 15, 2010 5:54:05 AM

So here is a good question for the fine folks here at tom's hardware.... A buddy of mine just bought an Nvidia GTX480 Vid card hooked to an asus P5QC MB with an e8500 intel chip (socket 775), 4GB DDR2 1066 5-5-5-20 and an OCZ 700w power supply. He is only getting about 40-50 FPS in battlefield bad company on max settings (1680x1050) and he gets slightly better than 60 if turns everything down (GFX settings). I have 2 HD5770's x-fired on a gigabyte 790fxta-ud5 with a AMD 955 BE and get average 10 FPS better than him maxed settings (1680x1050) and WAY better with stuff turned down. What's the matter with this picture???? He seems to think the powersupply is not strong enough, as I mentioned to him that, that massive GFX card uses somewhere in the midst of 450 watts?! (correct me if I am wrong). I told him it is probably his chipset drivers and probably needs a bios update since he has NEVER done any of it and he is not getting restarts or lock-ups; but he says he does have an issue with the monitor not comming out of stand-by at computer start-up....he has to hit the reset button once to get the Vid card to bring the monitor out of power save. Card drivers are up to date according to him. Could the E8500 just not be man enough for that card? I did some quick research and from what I can see the E8500 is close to par with the 955?!? Is that right also?

Any Ideas guys and gals?

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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 7:06:42 AM
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Well...

The GTX 480 is very power hungry, but it doesn't consume 450 W, no where near. You'd need a quality 600 W PSU for a system with a GTX 480.

I'm thinking it's more to do with drivers, did he completely remove his old drivers prior to installing newer nVidia ones?

It's possible for the board to have some BIOS compatibility issues, but I really wouldn't think so...

The E8500 in single or dual threaded applications would probably be just as fast as the Phenom II X4 955, if not a bit faster, but anything that uses three cores cores or more the Phenom II would have the edge.
August 15, 2010 7:13:21 AM

I was kind of thinking drivers. He does have a good PSU (corsair) @ 700W... If you say 600 will do it than bonus. He did just upgrade from a 9800 GTX so I doubt he ran a driver sweep. I am going to head over sometime next week and check it out I just wanted some ideas from the pro's first.
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August 15, 2010 7:25:25 AM

The bottleneck is the dual core processor, the game uses almost 90% of my processor on my q6600 overclocked to 3.2ghz.
a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 7:32:44 AM

overclock to 4ghz

oh yeah driver sweeper is a great idea as well
a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 8:53:48 AM

+1 to CPU bottleneck and immature drivers.

With my Q6600 at 3.7ghz and the game settings at the lowest aside from native res i'd still get an ave of 40ish fps a min of 30 or so. Fresh Win7 install too.

I got better FPS on my 8800GTS 512mb.
August 15, 2010 10:15:49 AM

Cpu bottleneck for sure...

I went from a q9550 to a i7 960 OC @ 3.8 ghz and what a difference.

With 1 480, you should avg around 45-50 fps with the min not going below 27 @ 1920x1200 everything maxed.

I have 2 gtx 480's now and my min fps does not drop below 45 and I avg around 75-100 fps
a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 11:36:41 AM

OC the hell out of the E8500, do a driver sweep, then install the latest driver from the Nvidia website. Then there shouln't be any problem.
August 16, 2010 7:38:24 AM

thanks for all the help guys. Greatly Appreciated. I almost figured the dual core wasn't keeping up, but I wasn't 100% sure. I am more of an AMD dude, don't know a heck of alot about intel stuff.

Driver sweep it is, re-install drivers and see where we end up. Is there much else he can do for chips with socket 775? or is that socket pretty out-dated now? Wiser to go I5 or I7? (I am thinkin he likes his Intels)
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 8:21:03 AM

ru_1980 said:
thanks for all the help guys. Greatly Appreciated. I almost figured the dual core wasn't keeping up, but I wasn't 100% sure. I am more of an AMD dude, don't know a heck of alot about intel stuff.

Driver sweep it is, re-install drivers and see where we end up. Is there much else he can do for chips with socket 775? or is that socket pretty out-dated now? Wiser to go I5 or I7? (I am thinkin he likes his Intels)

For the most part your two CPU's are about the same performance wise, it's only when three or more threads are used that the E8500 will lag behind and isn't BBC2 able to run four threads?
a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 10:35:02 AM

ru_1980 said:
thanks for all the help guys. Greatly Appreciated. I almost figured the dual core wasn't keeping up, but I wasn't 100% sure. I am more of an AMD dude, don't know a heck of alot about intel stuff.

Driver sweep it is, re-install drivers and see where we end up. Is there much else he can do for chips with socket 775? or is that socket pretty out-dated now? Wiser to go I5 or I7? (I am thinkin he likes his Intels)


Yes the LGA775 is a dead socket, and upgading that CPU to another Core 2 isn't worth it. As for the i5 vs i7 question, it'll be better for him to pick the i5-760 if he is strictly gaming. Buying an i7 just for gaming isn't worth it. The i5-760 is Intel's best price/performance chip.

a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 10:01:45 PM

If your friend can find a compatible & cheap Core 2 Quad Q9000 CPU then that would be a decent upgrade.
August 27, 2010 1:08:47 AM

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