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June 9, 2012 12:19:54 AM

so when i play games my gpu usage goes down when there is more stuff going on like lots of shooting and ai in arma 2 when i woudl think it needs to be higher to use its full potential and wen there is less stuff going on the gpu usage is higher so im thinking its like opposite when i need more gpu usage i get less and when i dont need much it uses more

amd athlon II x4 630 2.8ghz
geforce gtx 560
4gb ram
windows 7

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June 9, 2012 12:54:04 AM

also i might add that when increasing all the settings or lowering i get no change in performance
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June 9, 2012 1:04:18 AM

What is the model of your power supply?
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June 9, 2012 1:12:22 AM

Deemo13 said:
What is the model of your power supply?

corsair tx 750
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June 9, 2012 1:25:37 AM

you seem to pay a lot for your psu and skimped out on the rest of the computer O_o. what i would do is monitor the gpu usage using a program both at idle and when gaming. there can be many odd happenings. if temperatures get to hot, then the gpu/cpu will throttle itself. theres the other chance that what your playing can possibly be bottlenecked by your cpu.
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June 9, 2012 1:30:08 AM

the gpu at idle is about 38 and when gaming 78 and the cpu is 27 when idle
all the temperature are fine i dont see whats wrong the gpu just never gets to 99% and im thinking if it did i would get atleast 15 more fps and when im in them enus of games it goes up to 90 and in game its like 40 50 60 maybe 70
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June 9, 2012 1:31:43 AM

dudewitbow said:
you seem to pay a lot for your psu and skimped out on the rest of the computer O_o. what i would do is monitor the gpu usage using a program both at idle and when gaming. there can be many odd happenings. if temperatures get to hot, then the gpu/cpu will throttle itself. theres the other chance that what your playing can possibly be bottlenecked by your cpu.

if its bottleneck i was thinking about getting an amd phenom II x4 980 would that stop the bottleneck
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June 9, 2012 1:34:30 AM

shrugs, i havent immersed myself into learning the points in where the cpu will bottleneck yet.
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June 9, 2012 1:36:30 AM

Could you be more specific? And some games use more CPU, and some games use more GPU.
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June 9, 2012 1:45:24 AM

i tryed the batman arkahm city demo jsut now and i get 60 fps when on the ground fighting but when i go and fly it drops to like 20 and the gpu usage never goes above 50
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June 9, 2012 1:47:45 AM

are you using the nvidia control panel or msi afterburner and setting your video card to performance mode?? there are a few setting like power management in the nvidia and msi tool box. that you can set so you video card will not down clock. I have the 550ti and if you want max performance it under manage 3d settings...set it to max performance. and see if the card stops clocking down.
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June 9, 2012 1:50:39 AM

smorizio said:
are you using the nvidia control panel or msi afterburner and setting your video card to performance mode?? there are a few setting like power management in the nvidia and msi tool box. that you can set so you video card will not down clock. I have the 550ti and if you want max performance it under manage 3d settings...set it to max performance. and see if the card stops clocking down.

i see i had the performance mode in adaptive i changed it to maximum performance and it was on multiple display perfomance mode and i changed it to single display could that have been the problem
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June 9, 2012 1:53:07 AM

smorizio said:
are you using the nvidia control panel or msi afterburner and setting your video card to performance mode?? there are a few setting like power management in the nvidia and msi tool box. that you can set so you video card will not down clock. I have the 550ti and if you want max performance it under manage 3d settings...set it to max performance. and see if the card stops clocking down.



Doesn't really seem like a downclocking issue, since his card isn't going above 50% then its more then likely a cpu bottleneck.

I am using an athlon 2 x3 + 6870, I don't however have batman arkham city. Though in BF3 even on low my fps don't go above 48 exactly and my cpu is pegged at 99% gpu at 40-80% I can change whatever settings I like and get the same fps up to high settings (its a cpu bottleneck)

if similar happens to you its most likely the same issue.
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June 9, 2012 2:01:10 AM

mouse24 said:
Doesn't really seem like a downclocking issue, since his card isn't going above 50% then its more then likely a cpu bottleneck.

I am using an athlon 2 x3 + 6870, I don't however have batman arkham city. Though in BF3 even on low my fps don't go above 48 exactly and my cpu is pegged at 99% gpu at 40-80% I can change whatever settings I like and get the same fps up to high settings (its a cpu bottleneck)

if similar happens to you its most likely the same issue.

sounds exactly like me i change all the video settings and the fps never changes and my cpu usage is always very high and my gpu usuage is only high on menus which i understand now because in the menus your cpu is not using much power so your gpu uses alot and when i look at the ground my gpu usage increases i guesss because its not looking at all the ai and vehicles and buildings that the cpu does
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June 9, 2012 2:05:15 AM

mouse24 said:
Doesn't really seem like a downclocking issue, since his card isn't going above 50% then its more then likely a cpu bottleneck.

I am using an athlon 2 x3 + 6870, I don't however have batman arkham city. Though in BF3 even on low my fps don't go above 48 exactly and my cpu is pegged at 99% gpu at 40-80% I can change whatever settings I like and get the same fps up to high settings (its a cpu bottleneck)

if similar happens to you its most likely the same issue.

also if i get the amd phenom II x4 980 3.7ghz will that stop the bottleneck because that is the best cpu my motherboard can handle
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June 9, 2012 2:06:23 AM

If you reduced graphic settings from medium (or current) to very minimal, and there's little FPS change, then you have a CPU bottleneck.
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June 9, 2012 2:08:49 AM

A Bad Day said:
If you reduced graphic settings from medium (or current) to very minimal, and there's little FPS change, then you have a CPU bottleneck.


^ this
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June 9, 2012 2:11:22 AM

yes thanks everyone know i definetly know it cpu bottleneck because putting settings on very minimal barely changes fps if at all the question now is what is the best amd cpu i can get to stop the bottleneck and only amd my motherboard only supports amd
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June 9, 2012 2:11:22 AM

fighterpilot56 said:
also if i get the amd phenom II x4 980 3.7ghz will that stop the bottleneck because that is the best cpu my motherboard can handle


It would help a bit but its not really worth the price/performance over what you have now.

I would wait until you get more money and upgrade to an i5/i3
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