Far Cry 3 and low clocks

Alright, well, after searching through the plethora of Far Cry 3 stuttering fixes, I have now noticed that my game is only pulling around 11-15 fps, and my clocks won't go up or stay constant, they're alternativing between 150/300 and 1100/1450 (what I have it set to) but it won't stay and the fps is just dreadful; before I recently reformatted, I was able to edit the profiles to keep my clocks constantly at 1100/1450, but now that doesn't seem to be possible with the new driver updates. Any ideas?

Intel i7 860
Sapphire 7950OC w/ Boost
12GB DDR3
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
750 PSU

Latest recommended drivers CCC 13.1 WHQL with the latest Catalyst Application Profiles installed.
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  1. We supposed to guess what hardware you are talking about and the other important details?
  2. Oh, crap; Sorry I got so caught up in describing my problem I forgot to describe my hardware.

    Intel i7 860
    Sapphire 7950OC w/ Boost
    12GB DDR3
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
    750 PSU


    Latest recommended drivers CCC 13.1 WHQL with the latest Catalyst Application Profiles installed.
  3. Far Cry the only game you having problems with? Is that the newest AMD driver? Not sure about Catalyst Application Profiles since I have not had an ATI/AMD card in years. You try turning those both off and on if you can?
  4. I've tried with, and without, no difference. Far Cry is the only one I'm having troubles with at the moment, but I have tried the latest drivers, I have tried the beta drivers, I've have tried older drivers as well and nothing seems to work. I'm monitoring my fps/clocks with afterburner and they keep clocking up and down and they just won't stay at a consistent rate. I've never really had any problems with this card (well, except for Dark Souls, but that was solved by forcing the clocks), and everything else runs fine.
  5. I would think any issues with the game would have been solved by now as far as drivers go since it's been out a while now. It almost sounds like thermal throttling. Are your temps OK? Can you manually set the clocks with Afterburner or are you already doing that?
  6. I've tried to manually set the clocks, and the temps are okay, it's definitely got sufficient cooling.

    Thing is, my fix for Dark Souls was to edit the preset profile so it couldn't downclock and idle, so it would always give me the intended performance, but with the new driver updates, that doesn't seem to be the case, as the XML files are missing the chunk of text I need to edit heh.
  7. I have honestly never heard of a card doing that. It sounds like the card may be defective or at least have some sort of problem. Short of trying to flash the card to a different BIOS revision I don't really know anything else to try. Sorry I can't be of more help.

    Keep the thread open and see if anyone else chimes in that might have had this problem before and can help.
  8. Thanks :)
  9. use asus gpu tweak, or another tool, to disable the 2d clocks
  10. Alright, so I've tried that, still notoriously low FPS, so I'm not sure it's the clock anymore; This is really starting to irk me that a game this big hasn't had these issues fixed yet!
  11. Can you replicate the errors by using stress programs? Furmark and the like? Just for shits and giggles what is the make and model of your PSU?
  12. Download and run Heaven and 3d Mark on your GPU and post the results.
  13. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139040 That should be it; At this point I'm certain it has to be the game. I get the right FPS on all my other games, no problem.
  14. Graphics Card
    AMD Radeon HD 7950
    Vendor
    Unknown
    # of cards
    1
    SLI / CrossFire
    Off
    Memory
    3,072 MB
    Core clock
    1,100 MHz
    Memory clock
    1,450 MHz
    Driver name
    AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
    Driver version
    9.12.0.0
    Driver status
    FM Approved

    Processor

    Processor
    Intel Core i7-860 Processor
    Processor clock
    2,134 MHz
    Physical / logical processors
    1 / 8
    # of cores
    4
    Package
    LGA1366
    Manufacturing process
    45 nm
    TDP
    95 W

    General

    Operating system
    64-bit Windows 7 (6.1.7600)
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK Computer INC. P7P55D
    Memory
    12,288 MB
    Module 1
    2,048 MB Samsung DDR3 @ 667 MHz
    Module 2
    4,096 MB Patriot Memory DDR3 @ 533 MHz
    Module 3
    2,048 MB Samsung DDR3 @ 667 MHz
    Module 4
    4,096 MB Patriot Memory DDR3 @ 533 MHz
    Hard drive model
    750 GB ST3750330AS ATA Device

    Detailed scores

    3DMark Score
    P3519
    Graphics Score
    7680
    Physics Score
    1356
    Combined Score
    1318
    3DMark Score
    3519 3DMarks
    Graphics Score
    7680
    Physics Score
    1356
    Combined Score
    1318
    Graphics Test 1
    25.43402099609375 FPS
    Graphics Test 2
    50.28591537475586 FPS
    Graphics Test 3
    63.60032272338867 FPS
    Graphics Test 4
    22.292993545532227 FPS
    Physics Test
    4.30548096 FPS
    Combined Test
    6.13295794 FPS
  15. I had this same exact problem and the only thing that worked was to turn down the MSAA all the way. It isnt a hardware problem because pretty much no matter what settings you are on it causes very low fps if you have MSAA
  16. I'd grab the 13.2 Beta 6 CCC I think it will solve the problem, or at least it might help?
  17. SNORT said:
    I had this same exact problem and the only thing that worked was to turn down the MSAA all the way. It isnt a hardware problem because pretty much no matter what settings you are on it causes very low fps if you have MSAA



    Haha, that's the thing, I haven't been using MSAA :\

    I believe I had tried the 13.2 Beta 6 drivers before I had reformatted, when I used them I believe I was getting good fps for a minute or two and then it plummeted down, but that could've been the lack of forced clocks. I will try again here in a little bit and report my findings.
  18. make sure you do a clean install by unintsalling the amd drivers then running driver sweeper.
  19. bluebob951 said:
    make sure you do a clean install by unintsalling the amd drivers then running driver sweeper.


    I thought Driver Sweeper was defunct and Driver Fusion was the new way to go?
  20. I don;t know i've just always used driver sweeper
  21. Alright, sorry that took so long; I did a driver sweep and installed the latest beta drivers; only got about a 5 fps increase :(

    Gah, a game that's been out since November and had issues since day one should've had a patch by now, but it hasn't...at least not one fixing this issue.
  22. so you're getting 20-25? you are using MSI afterburner? any voltage increase? does it bounce around in other games or just that one?
  23. I've used afterburner and gpu tweak, I've played with the voltages; It's just this game that's giving me errors, and googling seems to show similar problems with other uses.....it's at this point definitely a software issue.
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