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System in sig, Q9300 OC @ ~3200 on air, GTX 460 @ 850/2000, running BF3 1920x1200 with mostly high settings on a 24" LCD. Just not getting anywhere with the improvement. The biggest jump was the first step with stock CPU (2.5HGz) and GPU OC from 700 -> 800 core and 2000 mem. FPS went from 20s and just into the 30s to solid mid-30s. It didn't noticeably improve when I up the GPU from 800 to 850 and the CPU from 2500 to 3200. What's holding me back? I know this isn't the latest hardware but I didn't expect it to plateau so early. Temps and stability are fine even at the highest I've tried so I can push it more but I'm just not seeing the return I expected.
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What game are you referring to?
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System in sig, Q9300 OC @ ~3200 on air, GTX 460 @ 850/2000, running BF3 1920x1200 with mostly high settings on a 24" LCD. Just not getting anywhere with the improvement. The biggest jump was the first step with stock CPU (2.5HGz) and GPU OC from 700 -> 800 core and 2000 mem. FPS went from 20s and just into the 30s to solid mid-30s. It didn't noticeably improve when I up the GPU from 800 to 850 and the CPU from 2500 to 3200. What's holding me back? I know this isn't the latest hardware but I didn't expect it to plateau so early. Temps and stability are fine even at the highest I've tried so I can push it more but I'm just not seeing the return I expected.
i thought this was the game?
 
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its safe to say there are 2 things holding you back.

1. BF3 is still in "beta", wait for a patch once its released.
2. 1920x1200 might be too much for the GTX460, you could sell it and buy a GTX570.
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thanks I will bump it down a few pixels and see where that puts me. it's an old LCD by today's standards with a slow refresh so it's not mandatory that I play at native anyway.
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i thought this was the game?
Oops.


The GTX 460 is more than likely your culprit. You probably need to drop some settings. Overclocking will only get you so far.
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1680x1050 with 2xAA should yield good results without losing eye candy.
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I brought it down to 1680 like you said and left 4xAA and AF (I think) and it improves by about 10fps. High 40s is totally playable for me, thanks
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You really want improvement? Turn off AA completely, switch to SSAO, turn down shadows.

We have to make sacrifices with 1GB VRAM.
    
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We have to make sacrifices with 1GB VRAM.
That just sounds crazy to me. A sign of the times, I suppose. I still own a number of desktops and laptops that run on less, and slower, system memory. lawl

Watching my VRAM usage, it tops about 500MB in BF3 at the highest rez, which gets me about mid-30s FPS like I was saying before. CPU 75%, GPU 99%, but GDDR5 about 50%
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