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My frame rate drops, even though I have a pretty good set-up.

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February 22, 2013 3:37:30 PM

In games like Mass Effect 3, Skyrim and, to be honest, pretty much all games, I get about 20 fps most of the time. I don't think this is right with my set up.

Video Card: AMD HD7950 (3GB GDDR5)
CPU: AMD FX 8-core processor
PSU: Alienware 750W
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
February 22, 2013 3:47:15 PM

What resolution do you play at? How many mods do you have installed in Skyrim? What driver? Bulldozer or Vishera? GPU/CPU temperatures? CPU load per core? I need more info to tell if you have a problem or not.
February 22, 2013 4:18:18 PM

1920x1080. 18 mods. Latest stable driver. Bulldozer.

GPU Temp Idle: 38C
GPU Temp Skyrim: 60C
CPU Temp Idle: 33C
CPU Temp Skyrim: 42C

CPU Loads during Skyrim:
#0: 52%
#1: 0%
#2: 26%
#3: 0%
#4: 54%
#5: 0%
#6: 20%
#7: 0%
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February 22, 2013 4:25:32 PM

Bulldozer is pretty awful. That's why. Not to mention Skyrim is only dual core optimized.
February 22, 2013 4:26:53 PM

Ok all that looks good, but is that showing max usage per core? Does your gpu load go up to ~99% in all games? You are right, you should be getting more than 20 fps. Do you clean uninstall, using driver sweeper or the method, between driver changes?
February 22, 2013 4:26:58 PM

It isn't just Skyrim. My main issue is Mass Effect 3
February 22, 2013 4:31:44 PM

I did a clean install when I noticed this issue and it didn't sort anything, unfortunately.

And my GPU Load goes up to 80% in Witcher 2. Thought I'd give another game a go. I get low FPS in that too.
February 22, 2013 4:35:19 PM

PSU: Alienware 750W

What are the specs on that? And are you forcing anything in your drivers? AA/AF/etc
February 22, 2013 4:39:24 PM

I've fiddled around with the control center and I find it only makes the problem worse, so I leave it to default.

The Alienware PSU is an unknown. I only know the make and the wattage. I'd need to take it out of my computer to see the specs, unfortunately.
February 22, 2013 4:46:34 PM

I'm going to venture a guess and say core #0 on your cpu is at 100% when you see these dips.
February 22, 2013 5:13:33 PM

And what would that mean?
February 22, 2013 5:16:02 PM

That would mean your cpu is holding you back. OC it a little and see if it makes a difference. If so, then the cpu is the problem.
February 22, 2013 5:19:53 PM

Was 8-core the wrong way to go, then?
a b À AMD
February 22, 2013 5:31:57 PM

Jaranja said:
Was 8-core the wrong way to go, then?

No but that 8 core CPU was the wrong way to go.
February 22, 2013 5:40:36 PM

Why's that?
February 22, 2013 5:44:15 PM

I'd say something's wrong indeed. With that videocard and proc u should be able to run newest games without any problems. Also your cpu and gpu don't show full load. Maybe your being limited by a wrong pci-express bus setting? Maybe you have your system set at maximum power savings?
a b À AMD
February 22, 2013 5:44:26 PM

Jaranja said:
Why's that?

AMD's FX series came up short compared to Intels offerings.
February 22, 2013 5:57:45 PM

Yeah amd screwed that one up. The FX series's performance per clock is lower than that of a phenom 965 despite having double the cores. What resolution are you playing at? Even with that CPU i don't think you should be getting FPS's that low. I mean do they just drop and its all smooth for a while then they start dropping again. is that how it happens? if so then try out a different PSU if you can