So I was all excited to unbox my HIS 5850 Cypress. I couldn't wait to see smooth gameplay (this was an upgrade from a half-cooked 7600GS, needless to say it did not game very well, often broke 100C until I modified the heatsink). Started up Metro 2033, maxed out settings, and crawwwwllleedddd. I was unaware at how taxing the game is. I also tried out Cryostasis, which I knew was poorly optimized, but I still have to run it at almost low settings to get framerates >40.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a year or two, budget of around $150-200 (can make exceptions)
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Metro 2033, Crysis, waffle maker
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: HIS Radeon HD 5850 Cypress 1GB with XFX 650W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: In signature
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg ftw in the USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD board so I'd prefer ATI cards
OVERCLOCKING: Not yet
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So should I look into getting another 5850 and Crossfiring? Should I OC my 5850? Should I just swap out for a higher powered single GPU? Is ATI going to be doing anything awesome in the near future?
What is your 3Dmark 11 score? download the free demo and run it on default settings then post it here, just to make sure your system is performing as it should.
Metro2033 is a ok game that's too short and has pretty graphics, also poorly optimized, Run it on DX10 mode and you'll max it out without any problems, just forget about dx11 without and upgrade first, but I say it's not worth it, I played it on DX10 all maxed including AA butter smooth on my 5850, enjoyed it quite a bit, looked damn good too.
Can't comment on cryostasis couse i've never tried it, but just make sure to disable any physx-related setting in-game.
At that resolution corssfire scaling won't be as good as 1920x1080 and over, but it'll still give a 60%+ improvement, so I think it'd be more logical to return ( or sell) your 5850 and get a powerfu single card, like a gtx570 or a 6970, but it0s just not worth it really, 5850 is already overkill at that that resolution.
I get almost the same on a very similar system, there isn't anything wrong with your PC.
I personally wouldn't do anything about it, a overrated game that's mediocre at best only popuilar for it's graphics isn't worth the investment like that, at your resolution the 5850 crushes every other game out there with all the eyecandy turned up.
I'd invest that money in something like SSD storage or a pair of high-end headphones or something like that.
If all you want is to play metro 2033 at max DX11 no matter what then your best bet would be crossfiring the 5850s
Metro 2033 is an absolute killer, I had a pair of highly overclocked HD5850's which managed about 30-80FPS @ 1920 x 1080 everything high except AAA (not 4xMSAA) and no Depth of field. A single stock HD5850 really isn't enough for that game. However everything else should be absolutely fine and your 3DMark score looks about right.