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Lower than expected performance with GTX 680??

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August 31, 2012 9:59:44 AM

I just finished building my new gaming rig, which consists of:
16gb RAM,
Intel i5 3570k quad core processor @ 3.40GHz
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
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However, with this new rig (which I thought would probably be able to pretty much destroy any game on ultra), I am having strange performance issues (aka lower than expected framerate), in World of Warcraft, DOTA2, The Witcher 2, Diablo 3, amongst other games. I have reinstalled drivers, and made sure GPU fan is high enough so it isn't overheating. Anyone please have any ideas why I could be having performance problems like this? Thanks in advance.
a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2012 2:12:42 PM

Can you post numbers (in frames per second) and settings you're running the games on?
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a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2012 2:33:03 PM

That score seems OK. What about FPS in games?
August 31, 2012 2:41:18 PM

Jerky/jumpy/not smooth, so I'd say fluctuating around 40-60fps
a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2012 2:42:30 PM

What about settings? Is Vertical sync enabled?
August 31, 2012 2:45:33 PM

Near ultra on all of them - vsync is enabled on some but not on others, although the same problems still occur with vsync.
a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2012 2:48:39 PM

Can you go to Nvidia control panel -> 3d settings -> Global settings -> scroll down to vertical sync -> select "Adaptive" -> press Apply -> restart PC -> see if it helped?
August 31, 2012 3:31:06 PM

Also. check your CPU temps and heatsink. If there is a problem there, your cpu could be throttling. The card should be crushing those titles. Though the witcher can tax the card if you have ubersampling turned on.
August 31, 2012 7:43:36 PM

I dont have ubersampling turned on. What program can I use to check my CPU's heat etc? I presume with adaptive vsync I should disable the ingame vsync? Trying the adaptive thing now.
August 31, 2012 7:54:50 PM

Ok I'll try now with DOTA2
a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2012 8:01:21 PM

That's strange... Try another program, like core temp!
August 31, 2012 8:01:46 PM

HWMonitor doesn't seem to be working to show my CPU temperature, and neither does speed fan for some reason (says -60 celsius which I have a slight inkling is wrong).
August 31, 2012 8:07:07 PM

Ok core temp works, launching DOTA now
September 1, 2012 4:51:54 PM

The CPU cores were all stable around 50 degrees, so I dont think that could be the problem. I may try and install watercooling in the future then OC my CPU, although don't know how responsible the CPU is. As for when I was playing DOTA, it seemed better with the adaptive vsync, although I dont know how much better; I'll try some other games.
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