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Nvidia 680 low fps.

hey guys

i recently upgraded my old ATI 6950 2GB gpu with the new nvidia 680 (EVGA 680 SC)

and i have a shitty cpu i must say.. its AMD Phenom 2 X4 970 stock clock 3.5GHZ..

im having low FPS in every single game i play (borderlands 2 .. battlefield 3 .. Crysis 2 .. Metro 2033 .. Crysis warhead)

my gpu is only using %50-%80 from its power..

i know thats cause of the bottleneck, i tried OC my cpu from 3.5 to 3.9 and i didnt notice any single fps improvement

but im confused cause i read alot of topics and i saw someone saying

(I have a gtx 680 with a phenom ii 955 (oc to 3.8) and there's no bottleneck, my frames are almost the same than most benchmarks around)

is it possible that there is a problem with my gpu? is there anyprogram i can use to test the gpu performance only and compare the results with other 680s?

im getting rid of my crap amd soon, so im going to buy the ivy bridge intel i5 3570k with Z77 mobo.. do you recommend this cpu? and if i didn't OC it will it be fine?

sorry for the many questions but im really in need of help !

thanks everyone.
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  1. What display resolution are you running at?

    Lower resolutions will cause a CPU bottleneck and high resolutions will usually cause a GPU bottleneck.
  2. ko888 said:
    What display resolution are you running at?

    Lower resolutions will cause a CPU bottleneck and high resolutions will usually cause a GPU bottleneck.


    Full HD 1920x1080
  3. I was just having a similar issue with the 660m in my laptop.
    turns out there was a setting in the nVidia control panel that set the preferred processor, which was set to auto select. i set it to prefer the gpu and it started running fine.

    Don't know if its related but it might help.
  4. Did you use a driver cleaner to remove any traces of the AMD graphics device drivers before you installed the NVIDIA GeForce graphics drivers?
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  6. ko888 said:
    Did you use a driver cleaner to remove any traces of the AMD graphics device drivers before you installed the NVIDIA GeForce graphics drivers?



    yes ofc i even formatted my windows.. and i have the latest nvidia drivers
  7. thanks for the answers guys i think its the bottleneck not anything else..im getting the i5 3570k soon and will give feedback i hope

    thanks again.
  8. jimbobrlw said:
    I was just having a similar issue with the 660m in my laptop.
    turns out there was a setting in the nVidia control panel that set the preferred processor, which was set to auto select. i set it to prefer the gpu and it started running fine.

    Don't know if its related but it might help.


    thank u for trying to help but that has nothing to do with the desktop (thats cause you have 2 gpus the built in one [INTEl HD] and the nvidia one)
  9. Best answer selected by SYR_M3Mo.
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