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Horrible framerate on GTX 560 ti

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December 31, 2011 10:16:12 PM

I recently bought a new computer just to play battlefield 3, it's pretty decent and I feel it should not be performing the way it does right now.

It regularly dips to a constant minimum 25 fps on a lot of maps, and the average fps is around 30-40.

My specs are (the important ones)

Intel i5-2500 3.3 Ghz Processor
Asus Geforce GTX 560 ti Direct CUII running the 290.53 nvidia drivers
Kingston hyperx (2x4) 8GB RAM

I am playing on mostly ultra settings (except for shadows and textures which are on high) on 1680x1050 resolution and any form of anti-aliasing is disabled.

What could be the problem? I'm pretty sure this isn't normal judging by other online benchmark tests
December 31, 2011 10:20:15 PM

looks normal. your card gets 60 fps on high at that resolution

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December 31, 2011 10:28:02 PM

dude i have dual 6870s and i still have issues running with ultra settings its just hard on system specs.. however i love it but i do have to admit i have not tryed to play it with out anti ailiasing turned off.. i can play on high settings just fine.. with anti aliasing but ultra is too much for me..

i have 1090t black edition clocked at 4ghz with 16 gbs xms 3 ram running at 1333mhz and dual 6870s with wd black drive.. high is fine .. ultra = some selected but not all .. and forget about msaa
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December 31, 2011 10:28:43 PM

Is that the average FPS? Because I get nowhere near 60.

According to geforce.com guides with a GTX 560 ti on 1680x1050 resolution with 4x MSAA turned on and post AA on high the average fps is 43; I'm lucky if I even hit 40.


goodguy713 said:
dude i have dual 6870s and i still have issues running with ultra settings its just hard on system specs.. however i love it but i do have to admit i have not tryed to play it with out anti ailiasing turned off.. i can play on high settings just fine.. with anti aliasing but ultra is too much for me..

i have 1090t black edition clocked at 4ghz with 16 gbs xms 3 ram running at 1333mhz and dual 6870s with wd black drive.. high is fine .. ultra = some selected but not all .. and forget about msaa


From what I gathered on google it looks like dual GFX cards have more FPS troubles than single units, I know it shouldn't be the case but it looks like bf3 is just poorly optimized for it.

But my framerates go against what every online benchmark has said about the gtx 560 ti and BF3
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December 31, 2011 10:35:24 PM

thats average in single player on high without aa. you'd get less in multiplayer.

don't play on ultra. 560 ti is not good enough for ultra.
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December 31, 2011 10:43:05 PM

esrever said:
thats average in single player on high without aa. you'd get less in multiplayer.

don't play on ultra. 560 ti is not good enough for ultra.


I read on the BF3 forums that a lot of people get a minimum of 40+ FPS with very similar setups and the same gfx card on multiplayer.

I will try multiplayer with all settings on high and tell you how it goes though
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December 31, 2011 10:44:07 PM

My sons play BF3 .... twin Asus 560 Ti' Cu TOP OC'd to between 980 and 1020 MHZ .... but they regularly were playing w/ SLI turned (high settings) off as there' is/was apparently a SLI bug that the nVidia / BF folks haven't resolved.

They recently got the nViida 3D glasses kit and were playing last cupla days in 3D.....don't know what settings tho.
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December 31, 2011 10:46:14 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
My sons play BF3 .... twin Asus 560 Ti' Cu TOP OC'd to between 980 and 1020 MHZ .... but they regularly were playing w/ SLI turned (high settings) off as there' is/was apparently a SLI bug that the nVidia / BF folks haven't resolved.

They recently got the nViida 3D glasses kit and were playing last cupla days in 3D.....don't know what settings tho.


And how is the performance with the SLI turned off?
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December 31, 2011 11:03:00 PM

Just tried multiplayer with settings on high, minimum of 25 fps and average 37 fps, definitely not normal
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December 31, 2011 11:06:04 PM

did your fps not change?

your cpu could be buggy then

try looking at your cpu usage durring a game.
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December 31, 2011 11:18:59 PM

esrever said:
did your fps not change?

your cpu could be buggy then

try looking at your cpu usage durring a game.


I ran prime95 on blend mode for 5 minutes and RAM and CPU didn't seem to be faulty

During multiplayer BF3 used up around 60-64% of my CPU, which seems pretty normal for an i5

I am absolutely stuck on why my 560 ti is underperforming
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December 31, 2011 11:59:10 PM

that seems pretty normal. you check your gpu load?
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January 1, 2012 12:10:59 AM

esrever said:
that seems pretty normal. you check your gpu load?


Forgot to check that, just gave it a test and it's at 99% load usage lol

The more I find out the more confused I am
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January 1, 2012 12:37:56 AM

well if its at 100% then idk what to say. try OC'ing your card a bit and see?
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January 1, 2012 12:45:53 AM

Problem is I shouldn't have to =/

Thank you for the help though, I really appreciate it.

I'll try other forums for now and see what comes up
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January 1, 2012 12:52:25 AM

you have to remember many people run OC'ed card either OCing themselves or buying factory OC'ed models.
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January 1, 2012 12:59:29 AM

esrever said:
you have to remember many people run OC'ed card either OCing themselves or buying factory OC'ed models.


My ASUS model is OCed yet the base NVIDIA model appears to have better benchmark scores than mine on furmark (which was also tested on a higher resolution than what I did) =/

Guess this rules out software being faulty, but what is the possibility of a faulty gfx card after only 5 days of use though
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January 1, 2012 1:15:36 AM

hmmm. what are your scores for 3d mark11?
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January 1, 2012 1:26:57 AM

I haven't been able to download it as I'm running pretty low on bandwidth downloading all the drivers/software for my comp, so I used furmark which is only like a 4mb install.

Using 1680x1050 resolution on 8x MSAA I got a benchmark score of 1150ish

The base NVIDIA 560 ti model gets a score of 1300ish on 1900x1200 resolution.

My model is also clocked 10 mhz higher than the NVIDIA, yet performs worse =/
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January 1, 2012 2:21:52 AM

if i were you id uninstall the drivers and then reinstall.. them .. im not sure how invidia runs there drivers but im sure that would probobly help ..
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January 1, 2012 2:36:26 AM

What power supply? Also oc'ing your card will give better performance. I believe the dc/II should let you get great overclocks on it.
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January 1, 2012 7:37:45 AM

Thank you for the help everyone, really appreciate it

I will give reinstalling the drivers a try tomorrow lol

My PSU is 650V, and I did a soft overclock from 830 mhz to 900 mhz, I don't want to risk voiding the warranty with a voltage overclock. As for the performance increase I didn't notice anything with BF3 but my furmark benchmark went up by 100.

Still nothing compared to a standard NVIDIA model.

Right now I'm trying to find out if the root of the problem is really the graphics card (It seems very likely) before I take it back to the retailer for testing with another 560 ti card
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