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i just got the demo of arma 2 and was thinking about getting it because i am getting tired of BF BC 2 and was looking for a more tactical type of game. I have 2 6970s and it is still quite taxing on them and my performance is low for the gpus i have, i know im on max but i thought an i7 at 4.6GHz and 2 6970s at 1010MHz each would be enough to run it in 50 to 60 fps range, I WAS WRONG.
when just sitting on the side of the hill in the demo i get 38 to 40 fps, when running i get 25 to 35fps, and when i turn quickly i drop to 15 to 25 fps. Is their a problem or is the coding of the game not so well or what, ive never had such low performance in any game.
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Well there have been 9 patches so far and almost all of them improve perfomance.If they never updated the demo with these improvements,I can imagine how horible it would run smile.gif
You need to get full game if you want better perfomance.
Still expect it to run like crap,because altrough not mentioned very often,it's one of the most demending games currently available ( along with metro 2033 and crysis 1 )
Dont expect better perfomance then you would get in metro 2033.
I find that lowering viewing distance/visibilty slider helps a lot. Did you by any chance put it at maximum ? No pc is capable of that afaik. Lower it to around 3600
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the demo is unpatched. the full game is easier.
it is still very bad though, you'll need an SSD for best performance in my experience.
if u don't have an SSD, turn view distance to 2000 or less. set video memory to default. make sure all the res options are the same as ur native res.
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I ran it when I had a Phenom X3 720 (unlocked and at 3.6) and just 1 5850 with no problem.
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Originally Posted by digiadventures;13789084 
Dont expect better perfomance then you would get in metro 2033.

lol i get 180 fps in metro 2033 and average 90 to 100
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I'm running the full game with 2 years old 4870, try to turn down the motion blur & view distance...etc.
I also play BC2, mw2, black ops, brinks, fast pace FPS.
But I have different kinda fun in Arma2, since first released biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by digiadventures;13789084 
Still expect it to run like crap,because altrough not mentioned very often,it's one of the most demending games currently available ( along with metro 2033 and crysis 1

I can run it pretty well, so I would imagine the OP can run it just fine.

I think it's pretty boring though.
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