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XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 2GB Poor Performance?

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December 27, 2012 8:52:35 PM

I just got this video card today; using it with an Intel i5 650 CPU. I don't see any improvement over my Radeon HD 6850 in most games.

Resolution: 1280x1024

Metro 2033 - no improvement, maybe ~ 5 FPS
Battlefield 3 - no improvement
CS: GO - ~20 FPS
Medal of Honor: Warfighter - maybe 5-10 FPS improvement

On Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, on Ultra settings the FPS stays at about 20-30 FPS, same as with the 6850. I have a 500w PSU. I've got the latest 12.10 drivers. Anything else could be wrong?
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December 28, 2012 2:52:19 AM

That is a hyperthreaded i5 correct? It might just be that you are getting a cpu bottleneck. That cpu is pretty old, and doesn't even compare to the power of modern ones. That is what I'm guessing your issue is.
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December 28, 2012 7:36:36 AM

Yeah the problem is probably your CPU. Your GPU is quite strong so should be able (in combo with decent CPU) to get nice framerates at high quality. But tell us the rest of your systems specs too.
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December 28, 2012 2:34:11 PM

If my CPU was bottle necking the GPU, then the CPU should be at high usage correct? When I'm playing games the CPU usage stays under 50%, it's usually at 40% actually.

Also, yes this i5 has hyperthreading.

I have Windows 8 64-bit, 10GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
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December 28, 2012 3:03:56 PM

Yeah, AFAIK that's how it works. I recommend you to upgrade your CPU. When you do, you'll be amazed by the performance increase ;)  .
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December 28, 2012 4:20:21 PM

Alright would a Phenom quad core 965 do the trick? I have an AMD set up and I think it'll be easier/cheaper to just use this video card in that computer.
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December 28, 2012 5:03:21 PM

I wouldn't recommend that CPU. What's your budget and where do you buy (the link).
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December 28, 2012 5:47:43 PM

I don't really have a budget, but I'd like to keep it very low. I was just hoping to upgrade my GPU but so far I've upgraded most of the computer haha. I don't really want to spend more than $150 for a CPU + a better PSU. (I have a crappy Raidmax 500w) I have an AM3+ motherboard but I heard the Bulldozer CPUs were sort of trash , and that Phenom is still better.
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December 28, 2012 5:52:08 PM

Hmm, with the new drivers I'd doubt that. On which site are you buying so I can give you an option?
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December 28, 2012 6:02:35 PM

Either Newegg, Microcenter, Amazon, or Tigerdirect. I'm mainly using it to play video games, which is why I thought the Bulldozer series was bad since they actually have only half the amount of physical cores they advertise.
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December 28, 2012 6:24:33 PM

But it's a shame you already have a AM3+ mobo, because with AMD processors, the performance boost is minimal over your CPU :s .
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December 29, 2012 3:05:42 AM

I may just get the 8320, since it's only $145 right now, that should have any problems with my card, right?
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January 29, 2013 3:06:07 PM

Arm4L1t3 said:
If my CPU was bottle necking the GPU, then the CPU should be at high usage correct? When I'm playing games the CPU usage stays under 50%, it's usually at 40% actually.

Also, yes this i5 has hyperthreading.

I have Windows 8 64-bit, 10GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM


It's saying 50% because the game is only utilizing 1 core, with your CPU being dual core, you can see where the 50% is coming from.. so yes, you are CPU bottlenecked, you will need a CPU where single core performance is higher than that of your current CPU.

Games are slacking at the moment in terms of multi-core utilization though, so there's only so much you can achieve here.
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April 8, 2013 2:12:20 AM

hello, your problem is obvious r psu, first of all make a clean windows installation
AND R PROBLEM IS NOT R CPU PERFORMANCE, this is completely idiotic, even a 6 year old core2 E6700 clocked al 3.00GHZ would be enough for gaming at any resolution, if we re not sure for something we ask first we are not opening our mouth like a cow and saying what we imagine that could be the solution:pfff: 
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