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Low fps, good rig: cpu issue?

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August 25, 2012 11:08:20 AM

Hello all,

I get high fps, like 50+ on ultra settings in BF3 and Skyrim etc., but I just started playing GW2 and I am getting ridiculously low framerates, like 15-30 fps, even on low and medium settings! I just dont understand it. Someone please help me! My roommate has the same GPU as me and he is running amazing fps, like 60. I have all the latest drivers. But my roommate does have his quad core overclocked to 4.3 GHz or something ridiculous.

Anyway, please help me figure out what is wrong because I have no idea.

GPU: 2GB AMD Radeon 6970

CPU: AMD Phenom xII 945 quad core

RAM: 12GB DDR3

MOTHERBOARD: AMD ASUSTEK M4A78T-E
August 25, 2012 11:21:58 AM

Your roommate probably has a better CPU or he is running the game on lower settings. However your specs seems decent. You can try getting a FX 8150 or upgrade to a 965, both would run on the same motherboard that you're currently but you need a BIOS update for using the FX 8150
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August 25, 2012 12:06:12 PM

He certainly doesn't need an upgrade for GW2. It's either a technical issue or a server lag issue.
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August 25, 2012 5:09:38 PM

No my roommate is running the game at higher graphics. Definitely has a faster cpu than me though. But I feel like a 3.0 quad core should be more than enough for this game....

I also just discovered that my cpu is running at about 65 degrees celcius. I know thats really high; could that extreme temperature be affecting my performance?
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August 25, 2012 6:12:45 PM

Yes the max recommended temp for Phenom II is 62c. It could be throttling and causing you to drop fps.

That cpu shouldn't bottleneck your video card at all.
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August 25, 2012 8:50:41 PM

I downloaded another (more reliable) program, CPUZ hardware monitor, to gauge my temperature. It is a constant 61 degrees. Apparently 70 is the max it should be. I am installing a cooling system today, but STILL that should not help with my FPS.

The CPUZ hardware monitor shows all 4 cores (core 0, core 1, core 2, core 3) and their temperatures. However, core 1 and core 3 say TRIAL instead of giving me a temperature. Does this mean that they are not activated or functioning properly? If so, is there any way that I can manually force them to start working, espeically for GW2, so that I can boost my fps? Of course this is assuming that my fps is low because my CPU is bottlenecking my GPU
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