At such a high resolution, even a 6800 will have trouble doing CS:S on high settings. I have a 6800 (regular, not GT) and get an average of 50fps. Try turning AA and AF to the lowest setting, or all the way off. HDR maps will make your system chug if you have HDR turned on. You should really just play with the settings until you get something that you deem playable and that looks acceptable to you. Also make sure your NVIDIA settings aren't overriding the settings you have in the game (turn all to application controlled).
i have a NX6600GT 128mb GDDR3 AAx2 AFx4 OC @ 580/1000
my avg fps in cs source is around 90
and a 6800 should be killing that.
go into your nvidia properties and make a few changes.
turn it to high performance
make sure "verticle sync" is disabled
ensure that you are using the global drivers, and not a "themed driver" say for like Q4.
then go into css, join a server, and in your console input:
your net frag should be 2 straight lines with no color variations. 0 choke.
if you do all that and you still have low fps, try a different driver possibly a "Z-Tweaked" driver, those guys make great drivers for nvidia vid cards.
if that doesnt show you a lil bit more umph for your card then maybe its defective, saying that your not running anything in the back ground ie. wmp visualizations. those fps numbers are really low for a 6800 in css.
I have a P4 630 @ 3.0 GHz, 1 GB Ram (I think DDR2-667, or whatever Dell included in the Dimension 9100, and don't yell at me because the PC was a gift so I'll take it), and 256 mb GeForce 6800 vanilla. I just clicked "recommended settings," the game looks really pretty, and it runs as smooth as butter too.
I'm also having problems with my FPS... I was getting about 156 average on the stress test with one 7900GT but when I go SLI i get around 136 average and I can't seem to get it to go any higher... anyone have SLI 7900GT's and care to share their profile? My fps should be much higher I think... =( I just had the settings on max with no AA or AS... and 1280x1024 resolution... I don't think lowering the resolution gave me much if any of a FPS increase.
2GB DDR500 G.Skill
2 x EVGA 7900GT SLI
AMD Opteron 170
DFI LP Expert SLI
2 x 250 GB SATA WD in RAID 0
exactly... instead of being at around 80 fps in a battle ill be at like 50... and trust me thats noticable... thats why I would prefer scoring higher in the stress test... in the actual game your fps will be much lower in any graphically challenging scenerio.
if you were any way nearly serious about your gaming, you should play on the most basic graphics, so turn EVERYTHING off. Your resolution is ok(basically coz in css a pixel can kill ya from far away ) and have fun fragging...Worry about the AA and AF in Half Life 2 single player