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post #1 of 10
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Hey guys so I recently bought brink (last night) I was sooo sad to see it running at near unplayable frame rates with my card. I opened the catalyst control Center and tweaked it up to 825/1350 or so and it made a barely noticeable difference.

Bottom line is I need to fix this, and don't know wither I should: get a 2nd 5750 then crossfire or abandon my card altogether and get a new one?

My specs are all for a box that is about 4 years old now, But I have been replacing pieces as necessary. (not at home at the moment so this is just rough)


Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe/Wireless Edition (I am originally had a GTX 8800 till it over heated and died hence the SLI deluxe board.) I am 95% sure this is my board. If not it is near identical.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 ~3.0 each core (stock)
Corsair XMS2 extreme ram (4 gigs matched pairs 4X1Gb)
1000 watt cooler master Power supply
single ATI Radeon 5750 825/1350
Also thermatalk OrbCooler (the big one.)

and 2 of the larger case fans. rear/side

Display Samsung 22" wide 1680X1050

here is a shot of the board for refrence



So Please help me get brink up and running well! Also I was in need of an upgrade anyway.


I have a reasonable budget ie like 100-200 but I can be tempted with longevity...
Edited by MoxVoid - 5/10/11 at 5:52am
post #2 of 10
It might be the drivers. If so AMD would likely release an update. If not than it seems like Brink is badly coded.

As far as upgrades go I would definitely recommend the 6850, best price/performance and is capable of playing most games max at 1080p so at your resolutions you wouldn't need anything more than this (And you can always OC).

$155 after rebate newegg link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121419

If you're looking for longevity then you have to go with a reference model 6950 2GB and unlock to a 6970, again really good price/performance. You would probably start to see a cpu bottleneck though.

With the 6850 you could always CF at a later date though, and CF 6850s > 6970 by ~20-40% depending on the game. You would still see a cpu bottleneck though.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 5/10/11 at 6:02am
 
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post #3 of 10
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Thanks for the feedback, I will try updating my drivers when I get home, hopefully that will fix it because I have everything turned down and still getting absolutely terrible frame rate. Unplayable even. Also will that card fit my board.

Also crossfire noob question but can I even cross fire my cards on an SLI board like mine? and would say a 5770 + a 5750 out preform the 6850?
post #4 of 10
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http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=1881255

It seems many others are also having issues. There is a new driver out to fix the game so I will do a clean install and hopefully that will work.

So for anyone else who encounters this problem the 11.5a drivers are supposed to fix Brink issues!


This thread can now fade away into eternity.....
Edited by MoxVoid - 5/10/11 at 4:16pm
post #5 of 10
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I still can't vouch for this personally however many of my friends had tried updating to the 11.5a drivers and this actually made game performance worse!

I stumbled on this bit of advice on the splash damage forum, and one of my friends has tried it and reported success.

"As ridiculous as this might sound, it worked for seven (yes SEVEN) different people on our server, including myself, so it's worth a mention. Please try it before shooting it down.

Click the "DEFAULTS" button on your 3D Gaming Preferences page in Catalyst.

Even if you think this is nuts and it might actually increase many of your settings, it actually appears to work for some odd reason. I was running multiple items on "Performance" and had various things like AA reduced and in-game settings on LOW and the game still ran in the 20s w/Fraps. I did the fix and immediately the game ran like butter. I was then even able to change in-game to High/Medium and it still ran great. Easily doubled my frames and others reported the same.

I'm fully aware early release games are full of strange oddities and false reporting so here's all the background info I have. Of the seven of us with ATI cards, five were on 11.5a and two of us stuck with 11.5, all of which had sluggish performance. For me (4850 1GB) and another user (6600), 11.5a was much worse. I uninstalled everything, went back to 11.5 stock and it was still bad but playable. Mid game someone said "I clicked defaults and the game runs like glass now". One by one we exited and like magic the game ran much better. I have not gone to 11.5a yet but others on it found the "Default" trick to work just the same.

Take this all for what it's worth but PLEASE report back if this works for you. Let's get the word out if true"


I will be home in a few hours and if this works I will let everyone know. (the reason I am being so thorough with this is I know how much it sucks to get a new game and not have it work.)
post #6 of 10
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Ok I so I updated to 11.4 drivers noticed no difference, then I disabled shadows by enabling the console in game like this

"To enable console go to steam library, right click on brink and go to properties. under the general tab, click set launch options and then put this in the box: +com_allowconsole 1

Then go into game and hit the tilde key (~) to the left of the number one key and type in this command to turn off shadows: r_shadows 0
"

This has made the game playable now I have not used the 11.5 drivers or the hotfix yet as so far I have not heard of anyone with my card having success.

I tried the "CCC to default fix" no noticeable difference, I may still end up trying the newer drivers just to see what will happen tonight. But so far the only thing that has helped is completely disabling shadows, and the texture settings being on high or medium have no effect, and Anti-Analyzing doesn't seem to even be functioning with my card and also doesn't impact the frame rate either way.

I will keep updating this with what ever confirmed fixes I can and only can speak for the 5750 as each card seems to be experiencing unique problems.
post #7 of 10
I just sold my 5750CF from my 2nd rig and 5750Cf performs pretty good.
You can also do 5750 + 5770. If you plan to crossfire, make sure to install crossfire profiles. They're like 0.5mb.

Here is one of old reviews:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/vid...cs_hd5750.html
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ATI and Brink just don't match right now unfortunately. Lots of peeps having issues even some 69xx guys too. some people have had luck rolling drivers back to 11.2 or 11.3 and others it didn't make a difference. Seeing as the game dose not support CF right now and some report no SLI performance gains either. I am on 2 4850s and it runs like crap for me, I can't even play after setting to lowest res and turning everything off in console. I am guessing you have found the fixes supposedly for all the issues if not here is an article for the fix and tweaks.

http://segmentnext.com/2011/05/10/br...s-and-fps-fix/


SD forum: http://www.splashdamage.com/forums/f...splay.php?f=37
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I hate to say it but this is why I sold my ATI card and went NVIDIA. You are going to have to wait it out.

Well, to be exact, not because of this game.. but because this is not exactly rare for ATI to have completely unplayable games for the first month of their release.

ATI makes great hardware, but they really need to fire the majority of their driver department.
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post #10 of 10
I would go with a 6850, 6950 is a bit much for that screen res
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