I have recently built 2 brand new gaming systems with the specs listed below. They each have the EXACT same software, and the exact same issues.
I7 950 quad core 3.06g
ASUS X58 Sabertooth MOBO
ASUS Radeon 6850 1gb PCIe
G.skill 2 x 6 gb (12GB)
Western D Caviar Black 1tb SATA 6gb/s
Cougar 950 Power Supply
Windows 7 Ulitmate 64bit
The primary game played on these computers is World of Warcraft. Yes, Yes I know the system is way over built to handle WOW. However on mine I also play FPS alot and I have a 3rd 6850 I plan on using in a Xfire set up after I fix this issue. (Gotta keep the wife happy first).
The issue is even with the graphics turned down to the LOW setting (something my old Radeon 9600XT could run with ease, when you turn the camera...its like it stutters. Drops from 120 FPS down to 2 FPS in a matter of seconds, just turning the camera. I have the latest 10.12 Catayst driver installed, but even according to the ATI website the 6850/6870 isnt really supported yet and wont be until the 10.13 drivers are released.
If you have ANY ideas on what is going on, please let me know. I have always been a hardware guy, never software.
Various solutions offered thus far:
1. Yes it is a fresh install of Windows
2. Clean format on both drives (Both were brand new HDs)
3. Deleted and Reinstalled WOW - twice now once from the DL from battle.net and once throuhg the disks)
4. Swapped out the brand new 6850 in box with mine..same issues
5. The guys at ASUS think it is software, but we RMA'd 1 board...same issue with the new X58 as well
6. Dual monitors were hooked up on both computers, since disabled. I connect via HDMI, she uses the DVI-D
7. Yes, Both versions of windows are registered (As are all the ASUS components)
8. Bios on MOBO is the latest available
9. Drivers are up to date 10.12 catalyst
I have not OC'd anything in either of these systems. The 6850 was specificially chosen so I would not have to OC anything for my wife's computer. I do plan on OC mine once I solve this issue and get the other 6850 installed into a Xfire array.
After fiddling around with a few other games, I have found the following
LOTRO = works wonderfully, even cranked up to the best, it didnt even stutter.
Navyfield = Again, Works wonderfully (granted its not that intensive, but alot better then my old 9600xt)
Everquest = Only stuttered on startup, then flawlessly
WoW = still have the same issues. I am really stumped here...does ANYONE have any ideas? Please?
I took one of my comps to a friend of mine who run an IT dept. (cant beat his price..case a beer and a Xbox day). He figured out that the initial problem started with WoW and ASUS Gamer OSD.
Even though Gamer OSD was removed from the system, it apparently leaves behind a little bit that WoW doesnt like thereby causing a hesitation between the hardward and what the software is trying to make it do.
The solution was to wipe the HDD and never install OSD. If we just installed windows (and all drivers) then OSD, then WoW we got the same issue. Removing OSD, made it alittle better, but nothing beat the fps without ever installing OSD. Its amazing how clear and gorgeous things are at ultra setting.
The latest Catalyst drivers work great and I am up to 90+ FPS on WoW and higher in a few other games.
Thank you everyone for trying to solve this, I do apprieciate it.