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Really low FPS on Fullscreen?

I'm trying to run Aion on fullscreen, as AA and AF don't seem to make much difference on Windowed Full Screen. But when i try to run in FS, my FPS drops horribly low, unlike when I run it on WFS. This has been happening to me on some other games [Borderlands, SC2, Darksiders, etc], all of which I had to run on WFS.
So is it a card problem, or a CPU problem?
Thanks in advance.
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  1. Are you using the same resolution when in fullscreen mode?

    I see Aion mentioned a lot around here. The game just appears to run badly, so I wouldn't focus on that games performance.
  2. That would be yes, both at 1440x900.
    But performance wise, almost all games I've played on this PC has the same problem: A donkey on FS, but a horse on WFS, both maxed out with all settings.
  3. Your ATI 5770 should rock @ 1440x900 resolution. Aion in particular, who knows.

    But most other games should run perfectly fine.

    However - Starcraft 2 (SC2) has it's known issues. And this game can be CPU bound (note your i3 CPU). Not the best title for gauging system performance honestly.
  4. Do you happen to have v-sync on? I believe that could effect fullscreen but not windowed mode. Also, try fullscreen with those settings that are working in windowed mode, turned off on fullscreen. Maybe those settings are giving a big performance hit.
  5. @jereece: that CPU problem you mentioned is very plausible. I might have to reroll an i5 or i7 then.
    @bystander: I see your point :] But I'd rather put FS aside now, since it's obvious that the 5770 is able to handle max settings at 1440x900 with WFS, just a hiccup with FS :<
    Also, I hardly put V-Sync to work :/
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    ghost521 said:
    @jereece: that CPU problem you mentioned is very plausible. I might have to reroll an i5 or i7 then.
    @bystander: I see your point :] But I'd rather put FS aside now, since it's obvious that the 5770 is able to handle max settings at 1440x900 with WFS, just a hiccup with FS :<
    Also, I hardly put V-Sync to work :/


    The only i5 worth upgrading to is the i5-750 or i5-760. Both are quad cores, and rock for gaming. Otherwise the other i5's are just dual-core with HyperThreading (which is useless for gaming).

    The i7 chips of course are quads and all should be fine for gaming purposes. However, they require (most of them) a 1366 motherboard. Your i3 is likely on an 1156 board, which would require the i5-750, i5-760, or i7-860 chips to be compatible.
  7. A cheer for you jerreece, thanks!
  8. Best answer selected by ghost521.
  9. I don't see how the CPU would only effect performance in fullscreen but not in windowed mode.
  10. Nobody said it would. I only brought up the CPU with Starcraft 2 in mind. RTS type games like that can eat up CPU cycles because of how many units can be on screen or in process off screen.

    The OP mentioned they might re-roll an i5 or i7, so I just let them know which ones to consider if they chose to do so. LOL Don't want them upgrading from an i3 to a dual-core i5 and getting no real gains.
  11. I'll have to Fraps some for you to see lol. Brb.
  12. If you want to use Fraps to record a video, make sure you tick the box in Fraps to record the FPS in the corner of the video. :) Also keep in mind, that having Fraps running & recording video will slow things down even more. :)

    If you haven't, definitely try changing your graphic quality settings within each game. Try reducing settings like Anti Aliasing (AA) as this can have a huge affect on performance. That and "Shadows". :) Those are the two fastest ways to improve performance.
  13. jerreece said:
    If you want to use Fraps to record a video, make sure you tick the box in Fraps to record the FPS in the corner of the video. :) Also keep in mind, that having Fraps running & recording video will slow things down even more. :)

    If you haven't, definitely try changing your graphic quality settings within each game. Try reducing settings like Anti Aliasing (AA) as this can have a huge affect on performance. That and "Shadows". :) Those are the two fastest ways to improve performance.

    I can't seem to find a way to Fraps the footage WITH the FPS counter on. The counter while I was playing the video was the counter for the video itself, not from the footage :<
  14. ghost521 said:
    I can't seem to find a way to Fraps the footage WITH the FPS counter on. The counter while I was playing the video was the counter for the video itself, not from the footage :<


    Hmm, apparently Fraps only overlays the FPS for screenshots. No option for video. Sorry. :(
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