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January 26, 2013 10:42:16 PM

While I'm waiting for Haswell...... and money I'm still using my 8120. The thing is that I bough a game called command and conquer 3: tiberium wars and the expansion pack Kanes Wrath. Every time I play it I see this annoying micro shuttering so I investigated it. I saw my GPU was at 24% to 26% load but my CPU had almost no load but the last core was almost all the time at full load. I don't know if that's what the problem is or what but what do you think?

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January 26, 2013 10:46:36 PM

the 8120 is a fine cpu, dont think it should be bottlenecking u.

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January 26, 2013 10:47:00 PM

the 7900 and 7800 series suffers from micro-stuttering and should be fixed soon via a driver update.

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January 26, 2013 11:16:20 PM

What's your FPS during this "stuttering"?? Also what is your CPU speed? Have you overclocked? The FX 8120 comes in at a low stock clock and I can tell you with absolute certainty(based from personal experience) that if you do not have that CPU overclocked to at least 4 ghz you are bttlenecking that 7970 in pretty much any CPU intensive game and quite a few others as well. If you have not overclocked you are holding that card way back from its full potential.

If you look at alot of benchs done you can see a stock 8120 holds back even a GTX 570/580. It's a good CPU but the terrible IPC demands at least a 4ghz frequency to smash through CPU intensive games (which I believe Command and Conquer is).

All though the 7900 series does suffer from microstuttering this does not sound like the case in your situation. Sounds to me like a full on CPU bottleneck. Do me a favor and raise you frequency to 4ghz+ if you have not already done so and report back.

Good luck BRO
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January 26, 2013 11:50:55 PM

when overclocked shouldnt be an issue tho.

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January 27, 2013 12:48:14 AM

bigj1985 said:
What's your FPS during this "stuttering"?? Also what is your CPU speed? Have you overclocked? The FX 8120 comes in at a low stock clock and I can tell you with absolute certainty(based from personal experience) that if you do not have that CPU overclocked to at least 4 ghz you are bttlenecking that 7970 in pretty much any CPU intensive game and quite a few others as well. If you have not overclocked you are holding that card way back from its full potential.

If you look at alot of benchs done you can see a stock 8120 holds back even a GTX 570/580. It's a good CPU but the terrible IPC demands at least a 4ghz frequency to smash through CPU intensive games (which I believe Command and Conquer is).

All though the 7900 series does suffer from microstuttering this does not sound like the case in your situation. Sounds to me like a full on CPU bottleneck. Do me a favor and raise you frequency to 4ghz+ if you have not already done so and report back.

Good luck BRO

It looks pretty smooth but the game feels very laggy and shuttery.
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January 27, 2013 12:48:48 AM

iceclock said:
when overclocked shouldnt be an issue tho.

There was a major problem when I overclocked :o . On the not so bright side I have a custom water cooler!
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January 27, 2013 12:56:07 AM

maybe u dint overclock properly, theres a section in toms for overclocking i suggest u ask them for correct settings for ur setup :) 

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January 27, 2013 12:58:23 AM

ok I see. What you should do is record your FPS with something like FRAPS. THat way you can see if the problem is frames dropping or something else.
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February 3, 2013 12:50:57 AM

I found out that it's because the game has a 30 fps limit that you cant turn off.
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a c 135 à CPUs
February 3, 2013 12:55:05 AM

yes fraps would work fine.

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February 3, 2013 3:35:02 AM

Download msi afterburner Check your gpu usage
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February 13, 2013 4:53:42 AM

Best answer selected by melikepie.
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April 10, 2014 11:31:42 AM

I have AMD Athlon x2 7750 BE and ASUS R7 250 and i have low fps on games.Is my CPU bottlenecking me? On GPU-Z GPU load is average 26%.Please help
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