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Not Getting Expected Gaming Performance, CPU Is Prime Suspect

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December 31, 2011 5:43:56 AM

I posted another thread with more details but essentially the issue is poor performance in about half the games I own, which with my system specs should not be happening. GPU seems to be in the clear. The CPU in my system however, never goes above around 60% load even while playing games. I suspect this to be the problem.

The processor is a i5 650.
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December 31, 2011 5:47:54 AM

its cause games only use 2 threads most of the time and your cpu has 4 cores thus it would only use 50% of your cpu

might be good to OC the cpu just to make sure. you might be just asking for unrealistic setting on a 6850 which is a mid range card for 1080p.
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December 31, 2011 5:55:16 AM

^^ that should not be nessicary coz ur right, it never really uses more than 2 threads... and also what settings do you play on, my 6770 cant keep up with dx11 settings max settings ect on metro... JC2 is getting rather old... but if you can play Cod Black ops and Cod MW3... you shouldnt have an issue with saints row 3 or FO NV
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December 31, 2011 6:30:56 AM

esrever said:
its cause games only use 2 threads most of the time and your cpu has 4 cores thus it would only use 50% of your cpu

might be good to OC the cpu just to make sure. you might be just asking for unrealistic setting on a 6850 which is a mid range card for 1080p.

Makes sense. I did do a stress test using Prime 95 right now and the CPU load maxed out. However, my games performance in those games is crap regardless of resolution or detail and I've even underclocked the card to see if it exacerbated things (it didn't). Doesn't seem to be the video card.

nna2 said:
^^ that should not be nessicary coz ur right, it never really uses more than 2 threads... and also what settings do you play on, my 6770 cant keep up with dx11 settings max settings ect on metro... JC2 is getting rather old... but if you can play Cod Black ops and Cod MW3... you shouldnt have an issue with saints row 3 or FO NV

Settings don't matter, games that get bad performance for me always get bad performance.
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December 31, 2011 6:32:13 AM



Settings don't matter, games that get bad performance for me always get bad performance.[/quotemsg]
Oh really? :lol: 
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December 31, 2011 6:32:38 AM

if all the settings are a minimum, theres a bigger problem than just the cpu...
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December 31, 2011 6:34:17 AM

amuffin said:
Settings don't matter, games that get bad performance for me always get bad performance.

Oh really? :lol: [/quotemsg]
Well, regardless of setting at least. Even if I run Saints Row 3 at the lowest settings, I have the same problems.
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December 31, 2011 6:35:45 AM

What is your psu?
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December 31, 2011 6:37:07 AM

amuffin said:
What is your psu?

I had a Coolmax V600 but I upgraded to a Antec BP550 and it hasn't helped.
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December 31, 2011 6:38:50 AM

^^ uhh... what lol

at idle look at task manager, what is the cpu/ram usage at?
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December 31, 2011 7:12:26 AM

nna2 said:
^^ uhh... what lol

at idle look at task manager, what is the cpu/ram usage at?

1-5% CPU
26% RAM (mostly Chrome related which is closed when gaming).
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December 31, 2011 1:08:02 PM

1. pause antivirus during offline gameplay
2. Overclock your cpu because i5-650 is near phenom 2 x4 910e and is far far behind i5-2500k
look here
www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
i5 650 is in lower half of the list,

in short your cpu is old and is bottleneck and you have to upgrade it to get decent fps
gfx hd 6850 is enough
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