Is my graphics card bottlenecked?

Specs:
AMD Phenom 965 BE Quadcore stock cooler, 3.4 ghz (H60 coming in the mail)
4GB Wintec DDR3 1600 Ram
Zalman Z9 Plus Case with 7 120mm fans (great airflow and cooling)
OCZ ModXTreme 600w modular psu
4 HDD drives, all 7200 rpm
MSI R6850 Power Edition OC to 925 Core and 1160 mem
ASUS M5A97 AM3 970 Motherboard

I've looked at benchmarks of bf3 and skyrim and according to the many benchmarks I've seen, with my gpu I should be getting a lot better performance than I actually am.

Average FPS for me on High presets for BF3 is 28-32. I should be getting around 40.

Is there anything wrong with my system thats holding it down?
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  1. No you could run a GTX680 without a bottleneck.

    What makes you think you should be getting 40? What benchmarks?
  2. I think you might have too high expectations of the 6850. In more demanding titles, if you crank the settings @ 1920, 20-30 fps is about what the 6850 will do.

    Here's 20 fps metro 2033 @1920
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-review/17

    27.6 in crysis (only 4xMSAA)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6850-eah6850-ax6850,2794-11.html
  3. Are you sure you're getting 28-32 fps at single player?
  4. You should be getting avg 40fsp in bf3 at single player. And this is not cpu intensive game. Almost all cpu(intel+amd) can run it fine at single player.

    Check gpu usage from gpu-z. Run it background.
  5. geekapproved said:
    No you could run a GTX680 without a bottleneck.

    What makes you think you should be getting 40? What benchmarks?


    in some games he wont bottleneck that card. skyrim is one and a small amount in bf3

    Anonymous said:
    You should be getting avg 40fsp in bf3 at single player. And this is not cpu intensive game. Almost all cpu(intel+amd) can run it fine at single player.

    Check gpu usage from gpu-z. Run it background.


    have you played bf3 before? it is indeed cpu dependent to for a lot of setups.

    who cares about single player.
  6. Benchmarks care about single player, because that's how they are done.
  7. Sunius said:
    Benchmarks care about single player, because that's how they are done.


    but a small portion of people actually spend a substantial amount of time playing single player.
  8. cbrunnem said:

    have you played bf3 before? it is indeed cpu dependent to for a lot of setups.

    who cares about single player.


    Whats make you think that i dont play bf3? But i say do you?

    And i do care for single player, as i dont have good connection. Without MP there is no need for a high end cpu.
  9. What's your point? According to tom's benchmark, he should be getting 40 fps in single player. If he is getting those numbers, his graphics card is working well. If not, he has either hardware or software problem.
  10. Sunius said:
    What's your point? According to tom's benchmark, he should be getting 40 fps in single player. If he is getting those numbers, his graphics card is working well. If not, he has either hardware or software problem.


    he never stated what mode he was in and if any of us had to guess what he was talking about it should be MP.
  11. That's exactly why the question was made :)
  12. cbrunnem said:
    he never stated what mode he was in and if any of us had to guess what he was talking about it should be MP.

    personally if he is talking benchmarks it would be single player . . . so i guess i am not an us :lol:
  13. Anonymous said:
    personally if he is talking benchmarks it would be single player . . . so i guess i am not an us :lol:


    a lot of people on this website assume that the single player benchmark is transferable to multiplayer. you are just trying to be difficult.
  14. cbrunnem said:
    a lot of people on this website assume that the single player benchmark is transferable to multiplayer. you are just trying to be difficult.

    and you need to stop making assumptions for everybody . . .
  15. Anonymous said:
    and you need to stop making assumptions for everybody . . .


    we will find out when he replies. if he was indeed talking about single player like you say then i will admit being wrong but in general people do not buy bf3 to play SP.
  16. there you go again making sweeping generalizations.

    so what massive database do you have that you can extract such scientific findings from?
  17. Anonymous said:
    there you go again making sweeping generalizations.

    so what massive database do you have that you can extract such scientific findings from?


    its common knowledge that apparently you do not have. sorry bout ya.
  18. cbrunnem said:
    in some games he wont bottleneck that card. skyrim is one and a small amount in bf3



    Sigh....that's not bottlenecking the gpu, that simply means the cpu isn't fast enough for the game. :sleep:

    You should go away before we make you go away. All you have contributed to this thread is clogging it up with your uneducated theories. The OP never has even mentioned if he's talking about MP or SP. It's obvious to me he's talking about MP and the benchmarks he's comparing to is SP.

    Let the OP reply before you spout off 100 idiotic noob posts.
  19. cbrunnem said:
    its common knowledge that apparently you do not have. sorry bout ya.

    :lol:
    common knowledge was the earth is flat and revolves around the sun.
    george washington had wooden teeth.
    napoleon bonaparte was short.
    playing a black sabbath album backwards had satanic messages.

    funny how "common knowledge" can usually be replaced with "i do not know but will conjure up the facts between my ears"

    get a clue.

    good luck with that.
  20. geekapproved said:
    Sigh....that's not bottlenecking the gpu, that simply means the cpu isn't fast enough for the game. :sleep:


    yes that is what i am saying. so if say in skyrim the cpu is not strong enough to keep up with the gpu and that is not bottlenecking what is it? it is my understanding that in that case the cpu is bottlenecking the gpu. please elaborate if that is incorrect.
  21. cbrunnem said:
    in some games he WOULD bottleneck that card. skyrim is one and a small amount in bf3


    have you played bf3 before? it is indeed cpu dependent to for a lot of setups.

    who cares about single player.


    geekapproved said:
    Sigh....that's not bottlenecking the gpu, that simply means the cpu isn't fast enough for the game. :sleep:

    You should go away before we make you go away. All you have contributed to this thread is clogging it up with your uneducated theories. The OP never has even mentioned if he's talking about MP or SP. It's obvious to me he's talking about MP and the benchmarks he's comparing to is SP.

    Let the OP reply before you spout off 100 idiotic noob posts.



    im quoting myself cause i had a typo.
  22. I think that's what is expected from your system. Doesn't seem to be an error.
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