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Hello,

Currently playing BF3 with my sig rig. I am able to play on high settings averaging around ~40-50 FPS. On Ultra settings I average around ~30-40 FPS. On Ultra, the game is quite stuttery.

Are crossfired 6970s not powerful enough to play Ultra settings? Or is my Q6600 holding me back? I have viewed the render.perfoverlay in game, and the CPU and GPU are relatively parallel in movement with only mild spikes during heavy rendering and switching between rounds or maps. Otherwise, they appear to not be bottle necking anything.

Also, I am currently running the latest 12.1a CCC preview drivers with no cap.

I am planning on upgrading later this year once Ivybridge is released, but at the moment if my Q6600 is capable then I'd like to stick with it.

Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks
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post #2 of 13
The cards themselves should be, I would say your CPU is the bottleneck in the setup though.
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When I had 2 6970s paired with a 2500K at 4.5Ghz there was no stutter and constant 60+ FPS on Ultra.

Q6600 is holding you back
    
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post #4 of 13
AMD Phenom 960T 3.0 Ghz. + 1x HD6950 2 Gb. can run BF3 on Ultra.

Your Q6600 is holding you back. My brother had a Q6600 and 2x 6970, and he just recently upgraded to i5-2500k.
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post #5 of 13
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Alright, thanks guys. I'll start looking around for some new components, something to hold me over until Ivybridge comes out. I'll have to retire my Q6600 into a HTPC or a server or something.

Thanks
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what is your q6600 running at? if you can get it close to 3.8+ it should remove some of the bottleneck.
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Alright, thanks guys. I'll start looking around for some new components, something to hold me over until Ivybridge comes out. I'll have to retire my Q6600 into a HTPC or a server or something.
Thanks

Why not just run with a single 6970 for a while untill Ivy Bridge? One card is enough for BF3 Ultra smile.gif
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Why not just run with a single 6970 for a while untill Ivy Bridge? One card is enough for BF3 Ultra smile.gif

This.

Exactly what ive been doing.
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what is your q6600 running at? if you can get it close to 3.8+ it should remove some of the bottleneck.

3.6ghz on air. Any higher and heat becomes an issue.
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Why not just run with a single 6970 for a while untill Ivy Bridge? One card is enough for BF3 Ultra smile.gif

I am running Eyefinity. I've tried one 6970 on Eyefinity, and it seems really bottle necked. Should that not be an issue?
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3.6ghz on air. Any higher and heat becomes an issue.
I am running Eyefinity. I've tried one 6970 on Eyefinity, and it seems really bottle necked. Should that not be an issue?

1x screen, 1x GPU smile.gif
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