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January 7, 2013 5:24:02 AM

Hey everyone!
I just bought a asus gtx 660 directcu ii oc and i was playing skyrim when i noticed i was getting 30-40 fps in whiterun (city) with ultra preset ( 1366x768 )
I used to have a hd 6850 and can remember getting around 50 fps in the same spot.
Here are my system specs :
intel core i3 2100 @ 3.1 ghz
asus gtx 660
1tb hd
acer mobo
I was wondering if the gtx 660 should be getting better performance than that?? in the benchmarks online it says around 60 fps at 1080p (i have 1366x768)
Im a little confused... :o 
thanks in advance! :D 
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January 7, 2013 5:34:41 AM

Well that is a little odd but keep in mind different cards behave differently in different games (Amd, and Nvidia) Do you have any other games that you play that have been giving you this result. Do you also have the most up to date drivers 310.90
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January 7, 2013 6:08:38 AM

my 660 runs skyrim with hi res texture pack on ultra settings 1080p keeping a the 60fps vsync cap pretty solidly. i used to have 6850 crossfire and in spots where the crossfire setup would dip to 40 fps and run jerkily, the 660 maintains 60 fps solid. Id say its your cpu if anything, although i would say you shouldnt get a drop in performance.
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January 7, 2013 6:13:16 AM

For the sake of argument what power supply are you currently using. I wouldn't necessarily say it was his CPU unless you think that his CPU is bottlenecking his card.
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January 7, 2013 6:22:33 AM

I too wanted to show you my GTX 660 Benchmarks.
But I don't play Skyrim :lol: 

It must be a CPU Bottleneck.
As that CPU was able to make your 6850 run at 100%.
But isn't able to run your GTX 660 at 100%, causing a Performance Dip.
That CPU Bottleneck is strange

The PSU is a suspect too.
January 8, 2013 4:36:02 AM

thanks for the reply's
My psu is an antec VP 450w
Also i get pretty good fps in Far cry3 , around 50-60 on ultra ( sometimes dips to around 40 )
I also have about 10 mods, two of them make LOD's better, the rest add little things like armor etc.
I did try doing a fresh install of skyrim and it was only about 7 fps better :/ 
Should i try and exchange it for a new one?
January 8, 2013 5:05:19 AM

bigshootr8 said:
Well that is a little odd but keep in mind different cards behave differently in different games (Amd, and Nvidia) Do you have any other games that you play that have been giving you this result. Do you also have the most up to date drivers 310.90

yes i have the newest drivers ( 310.90 )
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January 8, 2013 8:16:11 AM

no dont exchange for a new card, skyrim is very cpu demanding, you wont get 60 fps constant with a dual core cpu. at such a low resolution, your cpu is really a bottleneck. Here's a tip that may help, force on vsync and tripple buffering in nvidia control panel. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a... look at this bench, it shows the i3 2100 dipping to 29fps min fps, and the 2500k at 4ghz dropping to 40fps. they used a 7970 3gb in that bench, so the game is really cpu limited. they have since made patches that optimise the game better for multi-core cpu's. and there is this optimization mod if you would like to try it, apparently gives 40% boost in cpu limited areas of the game http://www.dsogaming.com/news/skyrim-acceleration-layer... i dont know if it does anything on the latest updated skyrim version though.
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January 8, 2013 10:37:32 AM

Worth a shot though with a game that has proven to be quite cpu intensive indeed looking at that chart geez!
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