I'm currently using a Sony 40" 3D LED TV as a monitor (set in game mode) and have it passing through my 5.1 surround sound, the GPU doing all the picture and sound.
When playing Crysis & Crysis Warhead, using fraps it tells me I'm getting 24fps, with and without Vsync enabled. Without Vsync enabled there's far too much screen tearing.
When playing Prototype 2 it jumps around 40-80fps but screen tears, because when Vsync is enabled, the mouse lag is ridiculous.
When playing Borderlands 2 with or without Vsync, it sits around 70fps constant.
Is my low fps when playing Crysis related to my TV, or should I look in to overclocking etc, or both?
I did have Catalyst 12.8 installed, but the sound kept dropping in Windows, and Windows Media Player, but it was okay in games, apps, online etc, so I uninstalled it.
I've not currently overclocked anything, as since this is all quite new to me, I'd rather research overclocking all my stuff than just doing it.
Crysis is not really optimized, so while that performance does sound pretty low, I wouldn't worry about it much if other games perform OK. What part of the game gets you fps in the 20s? Is it everywhere?
Haven't played Prototype 2 so can't help you fix the mouse lag there.
It's a constant 24fps pretty much. It seemed pretty smooth when I first started playing it the other day, but now it seems to stutter. That's when I used Fraps and found 24fps. The problem with that is, I'd ideally like to get all my games 40+fps wherever possible, and according to the many reviews, benchmarks etc the 7970 was a good choice.
Do you think part of the problem is because I haven't OC'd?
Haven't played Prototype 2 either, but I was getting better frames with Crysis with my 2 4870s in crossfire if memory serves.
As for Borderlands 2, I'm playing that now with everything maxed (except PhysX -> 7950) @ 1080P and I'm capping at 120FPS (using a 120Hz monitor for refresh rate, not actual 3D) inside and outside when there isn't much action, but usually hover around ~95FPS.
OC'ed the 2500K to 4.5GHz, but card is stock.
Never played on a TV, or used a pass through with the sound system, but do you have just a normal LCD you can try?
When I had a single 7970 @ 1200/1700 + a Phenom II x6 @ 4.0 GHz, I got probably 50-55 fps average, but some levels or areas with tons of AI would drop to 30 fps or so. That was 1080p maxed out.
I wouldn't expect consistent 24fps in Crysis with your setup. I'd expect dips to 30-35 at maxed 1080p, but I'd expect an average framerate between 45 and 60.
Is it possible that either FRAPS is hurting your performance (are you recording?) or your TV is messing with the picture due to something with the 3D (I'm speaking from ignorance here - dunno much about how 3D TV's work)?
Fraps doesn't even make a dent in FPS if it's set to only show the FPS overlay.
If you double-click on the Fraps icon in your system tray, go to the movies tab and click the disable button on the left so that nothing is set (in case you press it by accident). Do the same thing for the FPS tab to the Benchmarking hotkey; this should leave the F12 Overlay Hotkey enabled. You can disable the Monitor Aero desktop option in the General tab as well.
Quit Fraps, load it again, start Borderlands 2 and hit F12 at the menu screen until you see the yellow FPS numbers in whichever corner you want. With a 7970 and even a stock 3570k you should be hitting way higher than 70 inside; my CPU is barely doing anything while playing, so it seems like a game that's more GPU-centric.
FYI, good on you for researching how to overclock correctly your CPU if you're new to it; you've got a beast of a system already, no use frying or going through the headaches of living/troubleshooting an unstable system with an incorrect OC!
I'll download MSI afterburner tonight, and make sure I'm not recording in Fraps either.
I've also got a 1080p Dell E2211Hb borrowed from work to try out tonight, to see if it's maybe just because I'm using the TV as a monitor that's causing the problem. I'm hoping that that's all it is, and I can just buy a monitor to use it with.
Is there a guide on OC'ing specifically the i5 3570k on this site? I know there's been other Ivy Bridge ones, but obviously since I'm new to it I'm not sure if it's different for different CPU's?