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Just got the Sapphire 6870

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February 4, 2012 11:43:56 PM

It seems to overclock like a champ, no crashes yet, OC'd right outta the box with trixx.

BUT, my comp has been runing slightly sluggish, and on the task manager it says its almost always using 2gigs, on a straight line in the graph of ram...weird? Or is it always using some ammount like that when not doing anything except a couple of downloads? Thanks!


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a c 179 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 12:11:20 AM

Could you post all of your spec's and a little more info on the sluggish part more of a description like frame rates temps, how long has your rig been on etc. Thanks
February 5, 2012 12:23:25 AM

I've restarted it and its much all the same, rig is anhlon triple core 3.0 oc and unlocked to phenom II 3.6 quad core , 4 gigs of ripjaws ddr3 1600 and sluggish as in you hit a browser page and takes like 3 seconds and stuff like that, is the 2gigs always on normal or not?

As for framerates, its not had such an impact i think, although im sure that it could be faster since there is indeed some sluggishness and video card is still new so i dunno ow high its capable of.
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a c 179 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 12:34:19 AM

I am going to do some checking but the sluggish could be your internet carrier or router. My first thought was you were bottlenecking but after reading more of what you posted. I don't think it is that.

Now the 2 gigs thing when I boot up my system shows that I am using a constant 3 gig's all the time when idle. So I would say it is normal based on my computer.
a c 101 U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
February 5, 2012 1:08:00 AM

2.85 used, I would say that your 2 is normal.

For browsing, it may be worth trying some of the other browsers. Newer browsers are starting to make use of the video card. Flash/HTM5 video also makes use of the video card.

As a side note, I would close browsers and videos when running games. I have noticed that having a Youtube video(or any video player using hardware acceleration) open will result in a video card speed of 400mhz(vs 157 idle) and even with a game open, it will get STUCK at 400 and not its full speed.
March 25, 2012 5:41:37 PM

what exact model do you have ? include the referece website