7970 & Skyrim / Crysis 3

Hi folks, I've wondered about this for a while, and decided to ask here.

I recently purchased a Gigabyte 7970 Ghz Ed card. It's beautiful and runs flawless with two exceptions...
With Crysis 3 all settings maxed I get as low as 15 fps rendering it unplayable. If I back off the MSAA to 4x it runs 25-50 fps which is playable for me and honestly, I can't see the difference. Question is... Should it run this slow? I've read Crysis 3 runs slower than it should so maybe that's it? I'm only running 1920x1080 and I've got a 3930k CPU that isn't close to being maxed. Only one core hovers around 90%.

I've modded up Skyrim quite a bit. It typically uses 2 GB of the 3 I have at a minimum. The game will crash to desktop if it runs out of video memory. I know this could be crappy mods, but my GTX 260 never crashed to desktop when it ran out of memory.. just kinda chugged along stalling bad enough to make the game nearly unplayable but no crashes. Is that normal as well?

Thanks for any thoughts :)
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  1. could be a cpu bottleneck
  2. Wait for patches
  3. Crysis 3 is probably either not optimized well or it's very hard on PC's and would be nothing to be worried about for now, Driver optimizations will start coming for it too.

    Skyrim its mostly the mods, i wouldn't stress about it
  4. Jackkend76 said:
    Hi folks, I've wondered about this for a while, and decided to ask here.

    I recently purchased a Gigabyte 7970 Ghz Ed card. It's beautiful and runs flawless with two exceptions...
    With Crysis 3 all settings maxed I get as low as 15 fps rendering it unplayable. If I back off the MSAA to 4x it runs 25-50 fps which is playable for me and honestly, I can't see the difference. Question is... Should it run this slow? I've read Crysis 3 runs slower than it should so maybe that's it? I'm only running 1920x1080 and I've got a 3930k CPU that isn't close to being maxed. Only one core hovers around 90%.

    I've modded up Skyrim quite a bit. It typically uses 2 GB of the 3 I have at a minimum. The game will crash to desktop if it runs out of video memory. I know this could be crappy mods, but my GTX 260 never crashed to desktop when it ran out of memory.. just kinda chugged along stalling bad enough to make the game nearly unplayable but no crashes. Is that normal as well?

    Thanks for any thoughts :)


    I have the same problem, i adjusted to smaa x4, when I reset the config file it recommends msaa x2 with high texture detail and everything else Very High. So I backed off the AA and turned up the textures to Very High. I also loaded the beta AMD drivers, they have added support for Crysis 3.

    I am pushing 45 to 50 fps at 1680 x 1050 and 38 to 45 on 1900 x 1200. I think there is a memory leak though cause when I first start the cpu is around 50 to 60 load and after 20 or 30 minutes it becomes pegged. After 3 or 4 hours Music starts skipping. Reloading the game fixes it.

    i5 3750 no OC
    8gb 1866 G.skill Sniper
    Gigabyte 7970 GHZ
  5. ^"memory leak"?
  6. no single GPU card can run crysis 1/warhead/2/(probably 3) smoothly "maxed (16xAA)". AA is the culprit sir.
  7. Thanks for the link! interesting read. I didn't realize a game would come out that would actually bring top end hardware down but I applaud there effort. If more gaming companies did this instead of marketing for consoles we'd be better off :)
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