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Frame rate issues with Gigabyte GTX 670 OC edition

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July 3, 2012 11:30:33 PM

Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice.

I recently upgraded my graphics card to a Gigabyte GTX 670 from a GTX 560 and have been noticing issues with frame rate even at lower settings. I tried updating the drivers to the 301.42 and 304.48 beta drivers respectively but neither installation solved the issue.

My first thought was that it was a bottlenecking issue as the GPU was fluctuating between 40% and 60% usage, however my processor never shows over 90% usage on each core so I doubt it's that (each core fluctuates between 80-90%).

For reference, my specs are as follows:

Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4955 Black Edition, stock clock (3.2Ghz)
RAM: Muskin DDR3 Dual-Channel 1333MHz - 8GB
GPU: Gigabyte GTX670 OC (2GB)
PSU: OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series

If anyone has and advice they could give me I would greatly appreciate it as I am sad that my new card isn't working as it should :( 
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 2:29:23 AM

I still think it's a CPU bottleneck...

you have a black-edition Phenom. do you have a aftermarket cooler on it? if you do push it to 4.0Ghz and your frame rates should improve loads
a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 4:11:55 AM

Just for the sake of being thorough. Did you uninstall and sweep drivers before updating installing etc.?

Also, what games are you playing?
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July 4, 2012 6:09:02 AM

Unfortunately I only have the stock cooler on it, I'm guessing a CPU upgrade is in order then... More money I don't have!

Also yes, I uninstalled all the drivers using driversweeper but the issue persisted. As for games, I've tested it with BF3, Modern Warfare 2, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and ArmA2, same issue in all.

I've tried a number of drivers, at the moment switching to driver version 301.34 seems to have yielded the best results- I'm getting higher GPU usage and framerates are more stable (for BF3 at least)
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 6:22:31 AM

Even with the stock cooler, try over locking it to say 3.6mhz. If you see a difference gaming, then at least you know it's a CPU issue
July 4, 2012 8:35:21 AM

I will give that a try this evening, I'm pretty new to overclocking so I'll have to refer to some kind of guide on how to do it!

Thanks very much for your help though :) 
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 12:29:23 PM

chrausis said:
I will give that a try this evening, I'm pretty new to overclocking so I'll have to refer to some kind of guide on how to do it!

Thanks very much for your help though :) 

Yw. Tom's has a good guide stickies at the top of the overclock forum
July 4, 2012 1:38:51 PM

Awesome :)  In the long run however I'm assuming it's better to upgrade? I'm probably going to get a new motherboard to allow use of an Intel Core i7-3770K.
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 1:52:26 PM

See if OC improves things. If it does, I would get a cooler master 212evo cooler first. It can be reused for future builds anyway. And if you can drag it out, wait for haswell CPU to be released next year. It's on a different socket, and should be a performance upgrade to sandy/ivy bridge
July 4, 2012 9:17:35 PM

So I tried your suggestion of an overclock and noticed no change, less stress on the processor but still pretty unsatisfactory performance even on lower settings :( 
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 9:20:03 PM

chrausis said:
So I tried your suggestion of an overclock and noticed no change, less stress on the processor but still pretty unsatisfactory performance even on lower settings :( 


ok, well that at least clarifies that it's definitely not a CPU bottleneck

now, which slot is your 670 plugged into... could the pcie port be running at x8 rather than x16?
July 4, 2012 9:20:20 PM

Am I being unrealistic in my expectations? All I really want is to keep games above 60FPS with medium-high graphics settings on a 1080p resolution. Is that going to happen with my setup?
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 9:20:56 PM

chrausis said:
Am I being unrealistic in my expectations? All I really want is to keep games above 60FPS with medium-high graphics settings on a 1080p resolution. Is that going to happen with my setup?


no you're not. even with your processor, a 670 should be able to hold 50-60fps on high... especially now that we see it's not a CPU bottleneck
July 4, 2012 10:11:26 PM

GPU-Z reliably informs me that the PCIe is running at X16, though says it's running at 1.1 instead of 2.0? Seems to alternate between 1.1 and 2.0 depending on if it's under load or not.
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 10:14:50 PM

yeah... if it's running at 1.1 then you effectively have a PCIe bandwidth bottleneck... does it pop on to 2.0 under load? if not then there's some type of throttling issue
July 4, 2012 10:46:46 PM

Seems to run in 2.0 under load, running Unigine. Also seem to get FPS between 80-90 with the program running in 1920x1080, no tessellation, shaders set to high, 4X AF and 2X AA. I'm assuming this isn't the best way to test gaming performance though.

a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 10:48:08 PM

no it's not, but it is a great way to test if all of your hardware are connected correctly and running with sufficient power.

that's a pretty good average FPS with Unigine...starting to sound more like a driver issue now
July 4, 2012 10:52:09 PM

I suppose the chipset is still fairly early days yet... I will just have to cope until Nvidia pull their socks up! :) 
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 4, 2012 10:57:08 PM

actually, the 560ti has been very well optimized already. but they did a lot of changes on the drivers to accomodate the new 6** series of cards. have you tried 296.10? it's the last set of drivers before kepler chips launched
http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-winvista-64bit-296.10...

that version's for 64 bit win-7. if you have a different OS, please download the appropriate driver :) 
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