Hello, there all, this is my first time asking anything like this, but I just brought a new gaming and server rig for testing and playing and my 6870 is being terrible.
Right so my comp spec is:
MOBO: Intel DP67BG
Processor: Intel I7 2600k 3.4gz
Ram: Corsair vengence 16gb 1600mhz
Graphics: ATI Radeon 6870 (Saphire I believe)
Cpu cooler: Corsair H80
OS:Windows 7 Ultimate
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX Professional Series 850W
HDD: 1 7200 rpm HDD with barely anything on it reformatted it last night.
Things I have tried thus far:
Ran constant windows updates
Have updated catalyst to 11.12 the most recent one
So far I dont have many high end games to test it with as steam is still DLing them but Dirt 3 is just 100%ing all the time. I am concerned about it. Sometimes it stutters and others will run fine.
My temps are about as good as they can be:
Voltage regulator: 27C
memory DIMM 27C
PSH 43C (no idea what this is im guessing its graphics card thing)
This is with fan speeds on silent.
Under stress (while running dirt 3)
Cpu goes up to 41C (thats with the CPU cooler at medium)
GPU goes to 64-5 (after 20 mins mins of game play it seemed to level there)
I am at a loss of what to do.
Earlier it was lagging bad on "Orcs must die!" but then I quit game run windows update and it was happy at 20% mark.
Every graphic card needs to be capable of achieving 100% in games to deliver the most performance possible, and GPU is not like an CPU. Any workload given to the GPU would probably make it run at 100%. If an graphic card isn't running at 100% in games, then throw it in the garbage, it is an useless one.
So I wouldn't worry about a graphic card running at 100% while given work (even if it is really a small work)...
What resolution and at what settings are you playing your games? It is normal that an 6870 cannot run everything at ULTRA and beyond 1600x1200...
An GTX285 has the same performance than the HD 6870, if you notice some lag in games, it may because it is DirectX 11 and you enabled too much Performance-eating features like "SuperSampling-AA", "Tessellation", "High-Quality Shadows" etc...
An GTX285 to an HD 6870 isn't really called an "Upgrade" since it only performs ~8% better...
Ok I will try that, I think what bloc97 said is correct. I just eyefinitied my 2 displays and tried in that and it ran with little lag. and thats running bigger res if both screens i would imagine or atleast having to work harder (was horrible idea with 2 though just getting 3dmark11 now
bloc my upgrade was for processor and ram. I can only run 3 servers on old pc to test which really isnt enough. specially when things want like 4gb of ram to 1 run sometimes depending what ya have on the server...
An single more powerful card usually beats two less powerful cards in crossfire in terms of stability, power consumption and performance. So buying an 6970 would be good. (Or you can buy an 6950 and unlock it into an 6970 with an succes rate of ~97%)
Thank you everyone
V-sync was the genuine answer to why it was 100%. It went from 100% to 30% usage. I never knew GPU's worked that way so thats great to know.
As for the 6970 I think either, when i get annoyed at this enough, or when I have the money to spend ill just buy one then (OR 2) xD Gonna see if I can sell card to a friend who is building a cheaper pc soon.
When I get my 3rd (and maybe 4th) screen if the card can actually do 4 at once ive not really heard of quad monitors from the 1 card then ill all but deffinitly look at the upgrade. I wish the GTX 590's were cheaper