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Radeon hd 6670 1gb ddr5 is laggy on any game what could be the problem

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April 13, 2012 3:54:27 PM

I bought a xfx radeon hd 6670 1gb ddr5 a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason any game i play even dirt 2 on low settings has lagging and screen tearing and only 20fps, these are my specs.

System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: p6-2022uk
BIOS: BIOS Date: 10/21/2011 CUP_714.rom Ver: 7.14
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8172MB RAM
Page File: 2219MB used, 14124MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled

Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x6758)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6758&SUBSYS_23091787&REV_00
Display Memory: 742 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1008 MB
Shared Memory: 3830 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: SyncMaster SA100_S22A100N
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2012 4:52:12 PM

Hello,

Have you tried running driver sweeper - uninstall your graphics driver (amd and nvidia if you had an nvidia card previously) and re-install the latest drivers?
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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 13, 2012 6:07:11 PM

PSU?
April 13, 2012 6:37:36 PM

Thanks for replies, i have a 300w psu which im sure was enough when i read up on the 6670 power usage, as for temperature im getting around 50-60 ive tried uninstall and reinstall but still the same. ive tried 1280 720 but then i just get black borders which is not great.
April 13, 2012 6:48:45 PM

Check your processes. There might be something robbing you of CPU power. Remember to enable all processes so you can actually see if there's a program draining some Juice.
April 13, 2012 7:34:46 PM

i never go over 50% of cpu usage whilst playing games how do i enable all processes i thought they were all on.
April 13, 2012 7:55:55 PM

300W PSU.. while it meets min video card spec, what brand is PSU? it could be the PSU is under-performing, you can see multiple Toms articles on how many PSU brands are substandard.

I'm guessing that at 300W it is likely a low grade chinese part which came with the case. A decent ~400 PSU can be found in the 20-30 dollar range, or you can test your current PSU to make sure it is outputting correct voltages.

Also, do you have many PCI components / drives? all components eat away at the available power, and a 300W PSU is 270-330W max. (10% tolerance is standard on power units, though some are rated for +/-20%)

If your positive it is not the PSU, what video driver are you installing?
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2012 8:09:08 PM

hwangchan said:
A decent ~400 PSU can be found in the 20-30 dollar range

No, any PSU in the $20-$30 range is not decent, I don't care what the wattage is. Unless it's on sale, it's almost impossible to find decent PSUs for less than $50 at any wattage.

For example, the cheapest units from various reputable brands on Newegg:

Corsair 430W: $49.99
SeaSonic 300W: $43.99
Antec 350W: $39.99
PC Power and Cooling 400W: $69.99

Good PSUs cost a lot more than $30.
a c 106 U Graphics card
April 13, 2012 8:15:57 PM

the reason why usually built in psu in cases are bad is because they aren't certified. A company can sell you a 700w psu, but it not being certified means no one can guarantee that that psu will hold out at 700w, heck maybe not even at 400w. Certifications are there to prove that a psu can at least have 80% efficiency during load. if your psu cannot supply enough power to the computer at a steady rate, performance is drained. I have seen it myself first hand when my friend stuck a 8400 gs in his old sony desktop.

A would be a good idea to swap psu. 40-50$ can shell out a good low end bronze certified psu (Antec Earthwat 380w)
April 13, 2012 8:21:01 PM

so in theory then it is definately to do with the psu nothing else? So what would be the watts i would need to have this gpu running perfectly, and maybe be able to run other graphics cards like radeon hd 6850 because this will be my next card within the next year.
a c 106 U Graphics card
April 13, 2012 8:31:32 PM

furry87 said:
so in theory then it is definately to do with the psu nothing else? So what would be the watts i would need to have this gpu running perfectly, and maybe be able to run other graphics cards like radeon hd 6850 because this will be my next card within the next year.



heres two tools that lead you to a general idea of what you need

http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index...

http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
April 13, 2012 8:35:38 PM

Thanks so much for the info its very appreciated.
April 13, 2012 8:44:39 PM

willard said:
No, any PSU in the $20-$30 range is not decent, I don't care what the wattage is. Unless it's on sale, it's almost impossible to find decent PSUs for less than $50 at any wattage.

For example, the cheapest units from various reputable brands on Newegg:

Corsair 430W: $49.99
SeaSonic 300W: $43.99
Antec 350W: $39.99
PC Power and Cooling 400W: $69.99

Good PSUs cost a lot more than $30.


Agreed, Good (80% efficiency) PSUs do cost 50, i said decent, and i was thinking of a 70% efficiency name brand I have had good experience with, but admittedly, I was thinking of sale prices I saw 2 weeks ago.

Back on topic, here are good guides to help you decide on a new PSU.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-re...

As to other causes for your errors, PSU is first point, but could be graphics driver or as eluded to, processor bottleneck. Seeing your system specs, and age of card vs # of drivers released since launch, i would lean towards PSU.
a c 171 U Graphics card
April 13, 2012 8:57:54 PM

And I would bet money that its not a PSU problem. The problem is the 50% CPU load. Virus, heat causing throttling, PCIe slot issues, detail settings to high for the 6670 are far more likely.
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2012 9:26:21 PM

^ Agreed. I have some experience with upgrading HP systems and I know that these 300w PSUs can handle a 6670, especially since he's rocking a i3-2120. It's not a power issue.
April 14, 2012 7:50:51 AM

im kinda lost at what is wrong then ive tried clean install of windows so no virus, so is there anything else i can try before i go and buy a corsair psu from amazon.
April 14, 2012 7:56:29 AM

I also stated earlier that i am never reaching over 50% whilst playing games and not over 1% while doing nothing, i played the witcher 2 on lowest still lag so i thought could be the game so i tried dirt 2 on low and nfs the run still all screen tearing and jumpy on even the lowest settings, ive uninstalled all drivers and reinstalled again with no prevail so its kinda bugging me.
April 14, 2012 7:59:37 AM

Could it be screen resolution or my vga cable, i have tried different resolutions but every resolution apart from standard 1920x1080 60hz has huge borders round it so i cant get it full screen.
a c 171 U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 10:24:56 AM

Thats the point of the boarders however. To bring the res down. Try it at a lower res as your 6670 is not good for 1080 gaming.

You might also want to try one of those driver sweeper/cleaning programs.
April 14, 2012 10:32:53 AM

if i bring the resolution down is there any way to keep it fullscreen the black borders are kinda annoying.
a c 171 U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 2:20:35 PM

Who cares, you are just testing at this point.
April 14, 2012 3:13:17 PM

first of all have you plugged the wire in correct port and i think u must upgrade your power supplier as the AMD cards eats a lot of power so i recommend you to buy 450 above power supplier

your computer is far good enough to play battlefield 3 at high settings..

i think this might help..... :) 
April 14, 2012 3:54:54 PM

Lower resolutions doesnt help whatsoever, as for the wire it doesnt have one, power consumption is 280 max i have 300watts so it should be fine. but i will buy a new psu anyways 500watt corsair from amazon.
a c 171 U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 4:29:53 PM

Come back and read my first post when that doesn't change anything.

Good luck.
April 14, 2012 4:49:26 PM

4745454b said:
Come back and read my first post when that doesn't change anything.

Good luck.


If its not psu then i will try your technique but there is no virus, no where near 50% cpu load, tried all graphics settings still laggy, so that takes that out of the equation.
April 14, 2012 4:52:25 PM

Also temp is never above 50 and that would leave pcie slot problems but surely the card wouldnt work at all then but it does.
a c 171 U Graphics card
April 15, 2012 7:03:24 AM

Its the 50% CPU load thats the problem. Its not feeding data to the card fast enough, so frames are dropped. Buying a new PSU isn't likely to fix this.
April 16, 2012 11:07:35 AM

i dont get it my cpu is at 0% and goes to around 30-40% while playing a game is that gonna cause a problem.
April 16, 2012 8:42:21 PM

U sure u plugged the vga to ur graphics card and not the mobo vga slot? Cause if it's plug on ur stock/mobo gpu, that will really cause some laggy issues. That's the only thing i can think of since u already did a clean install with no virus and cpu usage is 30-40%. :) 
a c 291 U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 8:51:39 PM

I agree with the poster above. Where are you connecting the monitor to?
April 16, 2012 8:53:36 PM

Quick check: I haven't dealt with a board with on board video in a while, but you used to have to disable the on board video in the hardware manager. Not sure if windows or the motherboard does this for you now, as the hp site mentions the on board will disable if another video card is present, but its worth a check.

Also, confirm the driver you are using in dxdiag's display1 page.. make sure the main driver is an amd one not an intel one.
April 23, 2012 3:35:56 PM

How do i disable onboard graphics, plus if i put vga in other port i just get a black screen is that normal thanks.
April 23, 2012 3:37:23 PM

Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x6758)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6758&SUBSYS_23091787&REV_00
Display Memory: 742 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1008 MB
Shared Memory: 3830 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic Non-PnP Monitor
April 23, 2012 3:38:09 PM

Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1119 (English)
Driver Version: 8.951.0.0

This is all i have
a c 171 U Graphics card
April 23, 2012 8:16:58 PM

Disable in the bios. And make sure you have it plugged into the card and not the motherboard header.
April 24, 2012 12:14:13 PM

it was already disabled so i thought id try it on and believe it or not my gaming performance has doubled which i find quite odd.
a c 171 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 5:56:33 AM

Very. But if its working then leave it alone.
May 4, 2013 3:13:46 AM

Same problem here , plz let me know the solution !!
August 17, 2013 2:55:44 PM

I had the exact same problem when i first got my 6670.

It's usually caused by the Catalyst AI which is part of the ATI software that comes bundled with the driver.
The Application settings conflict with the driver settings, sometimes even when you set the driver to "use application settings".

Two things I've found that worked to fix this were:
1. Uninstall Catalyst Control Centre and the driver.
Reinstall just the diriver.
Install RadeonPro. This allows you to set configure graphics settings and turn off the Catalyst AI on a game by game basis.

2. (method I'm currently using)
In Catalyst Control Centre under tab for Gaming, set to the following:
Anti-Aliasing mode : Use application settings
Anti-Aliasing Samples : Use application settings
Filter : Standard
Anti-Aliasing Method : Multisampling
Anisotropic filtering mode : Use application settings
Anisotropic Filtering level : Use application settings
Texture filtering quality : High quality
Surface format optimization : On
Wait for vertical refresh : Off, unless application specifies (This is the one which causes most problems for screen tearing as it conflicts with in game settings when set to on)
OpenGL triple buffering : Off (this causes most of the lag when set to on)
Tesselation mode : Use application settings
Maximum tesselation level : Use application settings

Then it's just a case of tweaking in-game settings until you get it looking the way you like it.

Using these settings I've been able to run Crysis 2 on maximum graphics at 1920x1080 even with the Directx 11 patch. I can run it on high with the Hi-res texture pack as well.

My system specs:
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130708-1532)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Me
System Model: P5Q-VM
BIOS: BIOS Date: 11/04/08 12:33:35 Ver: 08.00.14
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4096MB RAM
Page File: 2887MB used, 9397MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit UnicodU

Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x6758)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6758&SUBSYS_E194174B&REV_00
Display Memory: 2807 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1015 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: LG 23EA63(Digital)


Hope this helps ;) 
November 3, 2013 9:46:23 PM

Your PSU is the main problem try to buy 500w or above
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