I upgraded from a 5750 to a 7870 a couple of days ago and honestly i'm not that impressed. I do not actually see any improvement in BF3. At first I though it has to be drivers and then I read into that. I find out that people were experiencing a similar problem with their drivers so I downgraded to 12.6 like much of them had done. I didn't get to much of an improvement from doing that so I then thought that there is a slight chance it could be a defective card. But After powering up PS2 I notice almost double the frames I used to get so I took my attention away from a faulty card. I haven't ran any benchmarks to see if the card is placing where is should be but atm it really feels like I still have my 5750 in my case.
In BF3 I get an average of about 40 fps on preset high at 1400x900. According to reviews and benchmarks of this card I would expect that fps with ultra settings at 1080p.
In Msi afterburner the gpu load doesn't go above 60% and when I have task manager open my cpu is around 90%. This is leading me to think the processor I have is bottle-necking it.
When I first got the card I thought the card may of been defective but from what i've read It may be the cpu. The being defective still isn't out of the question.
What you saw in MSI Afterburner in the first sign of a Bottleneck. They suck so bad do they not? Multiplayer makes FULL use out of 4 Physical Cores and Hyperthreading in BF3. So most likely your having a CPU bottleneck.
Would anyone else suggest waiting for the Haswell processors to be released and then picking up a combo then? I don't really wanna buy another 1st gen "i" processor.
I'm happy enough to wait for the next gen of processors if they come out in feb. I am unaware of the release date for Haswell processors however so could someone clarify when they will begin being released.