Radeon HD 5850 not good enough?

I just got a new monitor so I can play games on one screen and stream, or watch movies on the other. The game is World of Warcraft.

I'm very disappointed though. I've been trying to run the game on one screen and when I start video on the other screen, the game slows down from 60 FPS to 50 and sometimes 40.

I tried to set the settings down, but its not really helping.

If there's nothing I can do, then what about adding another card into my computer? I seem to remember though when I was building the system that there didn't seem to really be much room after I put in the first HD 5850.

I thought this card would be good enough to run WoW and play a simple video at the same time. :(
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  1. What is your resolution? What PSU do you have? What card, a 5830, 5850, or 5870?
  2. The resolution is 1920 x 1080

    The card is a 5850

    And the PSU is this:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X2677A/ref=oss_product


    The CPU is a core i7 920. Everything runs fine, the game runs fine usually, but simply trying to run a youtube video and WoW at the same time slows it down to about 40 fps. Closing youtube immediately brings it back to 60 FPS.

    It just seems like playing a youtube video shouldn't slow it down that much. Even running a video file from my hard drive has the same effect.

    Anything I can do about it?
  3. That is quite odd. 60fps should be about normal, but a youtube vid should not lower it down to 40fps. Did you download all the latest drivers from ATI?
  4. Quote:
    Why do you want to play a youtube video while playing a game?

    That is not the point...
  5. Quote:
    Why do you want to play a youtube video while playing a game?


    Why not? Might want to listen to some clip that is easiest to find on youtube and even that will slow the game down. The main thing I wanted it for was to watch movies while playing the game, and now it's not going to work because of the slow down :(

    And yeah, the drivers are up to date.
  6. 40fps is not bad, but if it bugs you that much then pop another one in your machine. I do not know why it drops so much. :( Do a few more tests.
  7. Quote:
    When OP tries to play youtube video and woh at the same time catalyst gets confused becoz woh is 3d and youtube is 2d.So powerplay may downclock the clock while playing woh and youtube at the same time.



    hmmm
  8. Thanks anyway donut :)

    edit: ok, I will try gpuz
  9. If nothing works and I end up trying to put in another card, how difficult is it?

    Do I need to get another HD 5850, or will any card work?
  10. If your trying to play HD video on the other screen that is asking alot of a graphics card,that doesn't sound right tho a 5850 is a massive card and should be able to handle that,trying watching a video that isn't in HD or try lower the monitor resoultion down from 1920x1080,just 1 notch and see if you get a improvement.
  11. I think it's just to much of a load for it to handle,adding another 5850 should fix it,and you can only add another ard from the 58xx sieres in order for crossfire to work.Just make sure it can fit.
  12. JTBALLER said:
    If nothing works and I end up trying to put in another card, how difficult is it?

    Do I need to get another HD 5850, or will any card work?

    First, your welcome. Second, to install another card just make sure you have another PCI-E 16 slot and 2 more 6-pin connectors. :D
  13. HostileDonut said:
    First, your welcome. Second, to install another card just make sure you have another PCI-E 16 slot and 2 more 6-pin connectors. :D


    That's it? I should get a card in the 5800 range though, right?

    Well, I haven't kept up with cards since I looked at them last year, what would you guys recommend now? Another 5850 or is there a better one now for the price?
  14. Nevermind.
  15. in order to crossfire with your current 5850 it is to be in the same series,meaning a 5830,5850 or 5870.Make sure that you have a crossfire compatable mobo with 2 PCI express slots, and enough power to run all of it.
  16. Quote:
    When OP tries to play youtube video and woh at the same time catalyst gets confused becoz woh is 3d and youtube is 2d.So powerplay may downclock the clock while playing woh and youtube at the same time.


    I agree with dipankar's assertion. I've had similar behavior running UtraVNC at the same time as MassEffect 2. GPU clocks decided to run at clocks set for desktop. I bet Mr. Baller's problem is the card running at video settings and not 3D settings.

    I wonder if flashing the BIOS to set the video speeds to be the same as the 3D settings would work....or maybe that can be done in the default CCC profile....
  17. Well i cant see why a HD5850 cant do it if my puny old x1600pro can... i can run a 720p youtube vid on one of my 1920x1080 monitors and something that FOR its day was a killer for my card Doom3 @ 1440x900

    I would have to agree with the power play option... i would try a LIGHT and i mean LIGHT OC of the card through ether overdrive or ATI tool or ATI Tray tools and see if manually setting the clock rates and locking them helps means you dont have to play with bios flashing
  18. I think if you edit the file \users\<username>\appdata\local\ati\ace\profiles.xml" you can change the core speed for the 3 clock levels, i.e. destop, video, and 3d.

    Here is the section of the file I would edit:

    <Groups>
    <Group name="Overdrive5">
    <Feature name="TimeUnlocked" />
    <Feature name="OverclockEnabled">
    <Property name="OverclockEnabledProperty" value="True" />
    </Feature>
    <Feature name="AutoTuneSupport" />
    <Feature name="CoreClockTarget_0">
    <Property name="Want_0" value="40000" />
    <Property name="Want_1" value="55000" />
    <Property name="Want_2" value="85000" />
    </Feature>
    <Feature name="MemoryClockTarget_0">
    <Property name="Want_0" value="100000" />
    <Property name="Want_1" value="100000" />
    <Property name="Want_2" value="100000" /

    The values in bold are the clock settings with 2 extra zeros. So you can see that at desktop you will run at 400 MHZ, at video you'll run 550 MHZ, and in 3D you'll run 850 MHZ. I would just change 55000 to 85000 and see if that works.

    *note: adjust the memory setting as well if it isn't 1000. My system might not be identical to yours.
  19. Awesome, thanks a lot for the tips guys. It would be so much better if I could avoid spending money on another card, so I will try these out in the morning and see what happens. Thanks for the help.
  20. 40fps is not bad at all. You don't need an upgrade. Really what percentage of the time are you watching movies and playing?
  21. JTBALLER said:
    I just got a new monitor so I can play games on one screen and stream, or watch movies on the other. The game is World of Warcraft.

    I'm very disappointed though. I've been trying to run the game on one screen and when I start video on the other screen, the game slows down from 60 FPS to 50 and sometimes 40.

    I tried to set the settings down, but its not really helping.

    If there's nothing I can do, then what about adding another card into my computer? I seem to remember though when I was building the system that there didn't seem to really be much room after I put in the first HD 5850.

    I thought this card would be good enough to run WoW and play a simple video at the same time. :(



    I just upgraded my power supply and graphic card
    and i have lower fps with radeon 5850 than Nvidia Geforce gt9600

    my speccs
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer FUJITSU SIEMENS
    Model MS-7379VP
    Version 4.0
    Chipset Vendor Intel
    Chipset Model P35/G33/G31
    Chipset Revision 10
    Southbridge Vendor Intel
    Southbridge Model 82801GB (ICH7/R)
    Southbridge Revision A1
    Temperature 29 °C
    BIOS
    Brand American Megatrends Inc.
    Version V9.0Q
    Date 05/15/2008

    graphics
    Monitor
    Name W2252 on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
    Current Resolution 1680x1050 pixels
    Work Resolution 1680x1020 pixels
    State enabled, primary, output devices support
    Monitor Width 1680
    Monitor Height 1050
    Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
    Monitor Frequency 60 Hz
    Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
    ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
    Memory 1024 MB
    Memory type 2
    Driver version 8.791.0.0

    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    Cores 4
    Threads 4
    Name Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    Code Name Kentsfield
    Package Socket 775 LGA
    Technology 65nm
    Specification Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
    Family 6
    Extended Family 6
    Model F
    Extended Model F
    Stepping B
    Revision G0
    Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T
    Bus Speed 266.3 MHz
    Rated Bus Speed 1065.3 MHz
    Stock Core Speed 2400 MHz
    Stock Bus Speed 266 MHz
    Average Temperature 38 °C

    and running windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.

    please help me.
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