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After buying my core 2 duo e6600 (OCed to 3.4ghz) I have noticed a large reduction in FPS in one of my games. The game is Age of Empires 3: The War Chiefs. Normally, I play it at around 60-70fps max graphics at 1280x1024 with all effects on. I am absolutely baffled about this and am unsure of what to do. Right now the game is running at 30fps and feels much choppier. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Did you change any drivers recently?
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post #3 of 17
I just got mine stable at 3.5ghz and am noticing a slowdown as well. It may be my imagination. I need to let it fold for another week and see how well it does. But, it appears that at 3.3ghz, it was actually running faster.
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post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by LembasBread View Post
Right now the game is running at 30fps and feels much choppier. Does anyone have any ideas?
I would say go to Intel and download the latest chipset drivers, also download and install the latest BIOS for your P5B.

BTW, I don't trust on-board sound, I always use a PCI sound card, right I'm using a creative sound card that I bought in 2001, the Audigy Gamer, you could get one at eBay for about $30. And yes, using an on-board sound controller will use some of your CPU power.
post #5 of 17
you dont by chance have any programs like AIM triton enabled do you? i notice that even this simple instant messaging program messed with my fps in oblivion.
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post #6 of 17
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you dont by chance have any programs like AIM triton enabled do you? i notice that even this simple instant messaging program messed with my fps in oblivion.
I have xfire open, but all of these things were present before I had this new CPU and yet my FPS were higher. My scores in 3d mark 06 were higher in every category and I am encoding DVDs way faster. Nothing seems to worsen except this.
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post #7 of 17
Lower your overclock if you see sign of slowdown as it shows instability.
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post #8 of 17
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Lower your overclock if you see sign of slowdown as it shows instability.
The thing is, even before I OCed the CPU it was like this and it only affects this game. In fact, all my other games perform better.
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post #9 of 17
Bleh the game uses old level SSE processing I believe, you will get a slowdown with 128 bit Integer SSE processing

They need to patch the game, before I do it for them
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Could be some incompatibility with dual-core from the game then..
    
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