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Originally Posted by adjas View Post

You're running
2 Screens
&
2 GPU's
You need to get a 4 core CPU, end of.

Don't underestimate the i3 wink.gif

I'm pretty sure it's not the processor holding you back. Have you tried running BF3 on the lowest settings? Just to see if the stuttering remains?
I'd also try a different driver. Might be some crossfire issue.
Perhaps keep an eye on what's running in the background? It's a great processor but it's still only 2 cores which BF3 will happily use. So other processes will interrupt.
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Yes. I would try to sell the 6850s and just buy 1 single card. Is ur ram running ddr3 1066?
Nah, it's DDR3 1600
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Since you are new to the forums. I would sell the i3 on ebay or craiglist for 100-110. Then invest in a used 2500k from the OCN market place. You can find some for 150-190. Sometimes you will find an i7 2600k for around 210 dollars....sometimes even 200 dollars....


Same for the 6850s. You are most likely hitting a vram wall on battlefield 3 along with the cpu bottleneck.... I sold my 6850s and invested the money i made towards my 7850s. The extra vram helps in newer titles such as BF3. I would sell the 6850s on ebay or craigslist and put that money towards a single gpu. IE: 7870/7950/gtx670
Edited by Quesoblanco - 8/24/12 at 2:48am
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Don't underestimate the i3 wink.gif
I'm pretty sure it's not the processor holding you back. Have you tried running BF3 on the lowest settings? Just to see if the stuttering remains?
I'd also try a different driver. Might be some crossfire issue.
Perhaps keep an eye on what's running in the background? It's a great processor but it's still only 2 cores which BF3 will happily use. So other processes will interrupt.
I've tried shutting down everything that isn't necessary (Skype, Steam, Ventrilo, etc.), and only keeping my hardware utilities open (ASRock eXtreme Tuner, Sapphire TRIXX, etc.)

Performance marginally improves, but that damn slight stuttering happens.
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Going to try taking one of the GPUs out and running some benchmarks. Maybe I'll see some decent results.

Having that CrossFire setup with a weaker CPU does make sense about why it isn't running well.
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I've tried shutting down everything that isn't necessary (Skype, Steam, Ventrilo, etc.), and only keeping my hardware utilities open (ASRock eXtreme Tuner, Sapphire TRIXX, etc.)
Performance marginally improves, but that damn slight stuttering happens.

Well, before you rush off throwing money at your PC like everyone seems to suggest.
I'd take out one 6850, put BF3 on the lowest settings possible (lower the resolution as well) and see what it does.
If it still stutters then its the CPU holding you back. You have to lower the graphics settins to take the GPU out of the equation.
If the stuttering disappears it might be a crossfire issue and/or vram limit.

After this you'll have your answer and can start thinking about spending your money wink.gif
Definitely don't be afraid to buy second hand stuff. You can do some great deals sometimes.

EDIT: and don't call the i3 weak wink.gif It can be faster than AMD deneb quadcores in some games.
Edited by Bloitz - 8/24/12 at 3:18am
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Something is telling me the 2120 can likely handle the 6850's. But this is hard to test because if it can't handle 2x6850's then taking one out doesn't tell us much - it just tells us that it will handle a single 6850 (which isn't very hard for the 2120). Although as mentioned lowering the quality settings will eliminate this issue to an extent.

Sorry if I missed it but what version of Catalyst? Are the latest CAPs installed....?
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Something is telling me the 2120 can likely handle the 6850's. But this is hard to test because if it can't handle 2x6850's then taking one out doesn't tell us much - it just tells us that it will handle a single 6850 (which isn't very hard for the 2120). Although as mentioned lowering the quality settings will eliminate this issue to an extent.
Sorry if I missed it but what version of Catalyst? Are the latest CAPs installed....?
Running Catalyst 12.8

I removed a 6850, and things seem to be running strangely better, or just the same. I'm still having the stuttering problem though (BF3, Sims 3, Fallout: New Vegas)

I'm thinking it might be either the CPU or the Catalyst drivers. I'm always hearing about people having issues with the drivers.
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Disable all cpu downclocking and cpu power saving features in UEFI (or bios).
If that does not help, then check ram.
     
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Disable all cpu downclocking and cpu power saving features in UEFI (or bios).
If that does not help, then check ram.
Will do.

By the way, most games that I play are automatically put to the lowest settings. When I just switched to integrated graphics, it takes them up to Medium. Could that be a driver issue?
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