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Getting TERRIBLE FPS with the 690 GTX

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January 5, 2013 11:36:57 PM

Okay, so I have bought a GTX 690 but I get terrible and I mean TERRIBLE FPS in games. For example in Far Cry 3 I only get around 20-40 FPS with everything at medium...
Deus Ex :Human Revolution around 10-20 (25 if lucky lol). Any idea why? It's killing me! Could my CPU by a bottleneck and if yes, would overclocking help anything if at all? Thanks!

Here's my CPU:
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 II 1100T - 3.6GHz

Also an edit: I'm new to this forums so please go easy on me :( .

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
RAM: 16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3 (AM3)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 @ Clock: 965 MHz, Memory: 1527 MHz, Boost: 1070 MHz
Hard Drive: 112GB Corsair Force 3 SSD ATA Device (SSD)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

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January 5, 2013 11:54:10 PM

1. Update drivers
2. Post whole system spec
3. Are temperatures normal?
4. Overclocking would most likely help. Thuban CPUs don't perform very well in games.

The 1100T's performance is somewhere between a G860 and a 955.
January 6, 2013 12:41:57 AM

Thanks for your reply!

Okay, I've updated all my drivers already and the specs will be at the end of this post.
About the temps, the 690 gets around 75~ when gaming and the CPU gets around 75-80~ Celsius.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
RAM: 16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3 (AM3)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 @ Clock: 965 MHz, Memory: 1527 MHz, Boost: 1070 MHz
Hard Drive: 112GB Corsair Force 3 SSD ATA Device (SSD)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
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January 6, 2013 12:47:06 AM

Darkshadw said:
Thanks for your reply!

Okay, I've updated all my drivers already and the specs will be at the end of this post.
About the temps, the 690 gets around 75~ when gaming and the CPU gets around 75-80~ Celsius.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
RAM: 16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3 (AM3)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 @ Clock: 965 MHz, Memory: 1527 MHz, Boost: 1070 MHz
Hard Drive: 112GB Corsair Force 3 SSD ATA Device (SSD)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Woah that CPU temp is not safe for an 1100T. Try reseating the cooler and reapplying TIM.
62 C would be the max safe temp for a Thuban.
January 6, 2013 12:58:42 AM

e56imfg said:
Woah that CPU temp is not safe for an 1100T. Try reseating the cooler and reapplying TIM.
62 C would be the max safe temp for a Thuban.


:o !! Guy in the store said 90 is okay if I'm gaming... Anyways thanks, going to do that tomorrow right away!

But even then, I could OC it to 3.9 GHz if I'm correct, but will this increase the performance? If not I think I someone have to switch over to Intel :( .
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January 6, 2013 1:06:24 AM

Darkshadw said:
:o !! Guy in the store said 90 is okay if I'm gaming... Anyways thanks, going to do that tomorrow right away!

But even then, I could OC it to 3.9 GHz if I'm correct, but will this increase the performance? If not I think I someone have to switch over to Intel :( .
Yes it will but not as much as upgrading to an i5 / i7.
January 6, 2013 1:08:24 AM

e56imfg said:
Yes it will but not as much as upgrading to an i5 / i7.


I see, alright I'm not trying to annoy you or something, but how much extra FPS would I gain by overclocking?
January 6, 2013 1:15:11 AM

Darkshadw said:
I see, alright I'm not trying to annoy you or something, but how much extra FPS would I gain by overclocking?


Unless you are going to have a 1ghz or more oc, I rather you leave the processor alone as it wont do much at all. And yes, I would highly recommend u upgrade to the new intel ivy bridge platform to unlock the true performance of the gtx 690. Something like the i5 3570k would be good.

January 6, 2013 1:31:37 AM

crazypotato said:
Unless you are going to have a 1ghz or more oc, I rather you leave the processor alone as it wont do much at all. And yes, I would highly recommend u upgrade to the new intel ivy bridge platform to unlock the true performance of the gtx 690. Something like the i5 3570k would be good.


Alright, then I'm going to scavenge some money lol. BTW, is the Intel Core i7-3930K a better choice than the i5 for gaming? (I also want to run other stuff, like rendering, emulation etc).
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January 6, 2013 1:45:51 AM

Darkshadw said:
Alright, then I'm going to scavenge some money lol. BTW, is the Intel Core i7-3930K a better choice than the i5 for gaming? (I also want to run other stuff, like rendering, emulation etc).
Not for gaming but for your other needs, yes. But keep in mind that the 3930K is like $500 and the motherboards for X79 are a ton more expensive than Z77 boards.
January 6, 2013 1:49:49 AM

e56imfg said:
Not for gaming but for your other needs, yes. But keep in mind that the 3930K is like $500 and the motherboards for X79 are a ton more expensive than Z77 boards.


What motherboard and CPU would you suggest for the perfect gaming experience? I'm also going to record and stream.
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January 6, 2013 3:38:41 AM

Darkshadw said:
What motherboard and CPU would you suggest for the perfect gaming experience? I'm also going to record and stream.
Depends on how much your willing to spend and what kind of features you need on a mobo.
January 6, 2013 1:53:44 PM

e56imfg said:
Depends on how much your willing to spend and what kind of features you need on a mobo.


BTW, I cleaned my fan and put new paste on my CPU and I overclocked it to 3.84 GHz and Far Cry 3 runs at a stable 50-60 FPS now, most of the time around 60 :D !

I think I am going to buy this CPU: "Intel Core i7-3930K" and this motherboard: "Asus RAMPAGE IV FORMULA" in a few months. Would that setup be okay to record/stream and get decent FPS in games?
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January 6, 2013 2:01:22 PM

Don't buy the 3930K, it really isn't meant for gaming - it's more so for people who edit videos & do very CPU intensive applications. Just wait for Haswell to launch & buy a new Core i5, a i7 will offer no real performance upgrade over an i5.
As for your games, I'll remind you - FC3 & Deus Ex are better optimized for AMD than Nvidia because of sponsoring reasons. You'll see better FPS in games like Battlefield 3.
Also, by the way, your processor will seriously bottleneck you unless you overclock, so thats why you're seeing better framerates - always know if you're getting a new GPU for a 3 year old CPU, expect some issues.
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January 6, 2013 2:26:37 PM

Darkshadw said:
BTW, I cleaned my fan and put new paste on my CPU and I overclocked it to 3.84 GHz and Far Cry 3 runs at a stable 50-60 FPS now, most of the time around 60 :D !

I think I am going to buy this CPU: "Intel Core i7-3930K" and this motherboard: "Asus RAMPAGE IV FORMULA" in a few months. Would that setup be okay to record/stream and get decent FPS in games?
Your better off buying a 3570K and saving the extra $$ for an Avermedia Live Card to record / stream and a few HDDs to store it all.
You could also wait for Haswell, as said above.
January 6, 2013 2:44:38 PM

Okay, I will wait for the Haswell CPU to be released, I think this old CPU will hold out until the time has come :) . Thank you for the information! Almost threw away my money :o ...
January 6, 2013 7:48:44 PM

Darkshadw said:
Okay, I will wait for the Haswell CPU to be released, I think this old CPU will hold out until the time has come :) . Thank you for the information! Almost threw away my money :o ...


Very good choice Darkshadw! You should probably get an i7 or the best i5.
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