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HELP: BenQ 2730Z+Radeon R9 290 - Works Great on New Games, Poorly on Older Titles, Why?

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The Problem: Recently purchased BenQ XL2730Z monitor. It looks great on new games and poor on older games and even some new, can you help? (I apologize if this was asked before).

Good: Looks Great (Overwatch/Star Wars Battlefront 2015) at 2560x1444 resolution. Battlefront preforms great on "ULTRA" settings and looks amazing, Overwatch looks great on "Epic" for texture, details, and "HIGH/MED" on other settings. I do have Free-Sync ON. On both games I'm getting about 100-110 FPS. Overwatch will preform around 130-140FPS if I lower the detail settings.

Bad: X-Com 2 & Metal Gear Solid V look awful in "HIGH" settings preforms at 20-30 FPS, and looks barley playable at "Low" graphics setting which raise the FPS, but maxes out at 50-60 and goes too slow to actually play. CS:GO and Team Fortress 2 preform at about 30-60 FPS on "HIGH" and only show a higher FPS around 70-90 FPS when set to "LOW" grapics quality, as well. (Please note all games were playable on the higest quality on my old TN Panel at 30FPS).

Online forums suggested: Try MSAAx2 on/off, setting a higher power limit on MSI Afterburner or within AMD Control Center. As well as "Triple Buffering", "Vertical Sync", "Antialiasing" on or off. I have tried so many combos, none of which have worked very well yet. I've also heard a 2nd GPU might help.

Question: Can you help me maximize my current setup for the best my system can handle?
Also why does my work monitor (AOC E2070SWN 20 inch 1080p) show CS:GO .gifs looking flawless, then my home computer struggles to play CS:GO on low settings with my "Gaming Monitor"......?

My Computer:
Dell Inspiron 3847
CPU: Intel i7 - 4790 3.6 GHZ
GPU: Radeon R9 290 4GB
RAM: 16 GB
Power Supply: Corsair 750 Power Supply
OS: Windows 10
Monitor: BenQ XL 2730Z - w/Free Synch - 2560x1444 Resolution

Thank you
post #2 of 8
That sounds wierd because a quick check on youtube shows fps should be around 200+ for CS:GO and TF2. Even MGS V is above 60fps on 1080 with max settings. Personally, i'd recommend doing a complete wipe of drivers with DDU then reinstalling.
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Thanks, so "Display Driver Uninstaller" and just hook up to my on-board HDMI to uninstall/install? The BenQ monitor did not come with any drivers it seems to be plug and play, the CD it came with was just a manual. I downloaded BenQ's software "Display Pilot" and updated drivers. The max fps I have seen with this monitor is 144-150, but only at certain times in game. VLC media player shows a FPS of 24, based on my "FRAPS" FPS software, should that be better as well? I'll give it a try. Thanks for the quick reply.
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Also I guess I should mention I'm hooked up Display-port (GPU) to Display-Port (BenQ Monitor) currently. I heard online the "Free-Sync" Technology is only transmitted by the Displayport, but another review I saw said "Be sure to use DVI-"Dual Link" connection." So I have a few different cable I can try. So far I tried plugging in the Monitor (Displayport) to the (DVI-Dual Link) input on the GPU, but was unable to get a signal with that cable, even if I switched it around with DVI on monitor to DIsplayport on GPU card. Let me know if that makes a difference, thanks. I also have a cable DVI-Dual Link to DVI-Dual Link, but that did not work either.
post #5 of 8
Download the latest drivers from AMD's site. You don't need to hook up anything. Just uninstall, reboot, then install the latest drivers and you are good to go. As for the cables, I make use of the displayport to displayport connection for my MG279Q as it's the only one capable of working with freesync (hdmi to come later); you also want to try to make sure the wire is less than 1 meter long. If it's longer, you could get display issues.
Edited by Tobiman - 7/21/16 at 6:24pm
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post #6 of 8
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Okay I will try uninstalling/reinstalling when I get home. I will sell these cables on ebay and curse the youtuber that said i need DVI-Dual Link for 1444 display. Thanks.
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Update - Okay I uninstalled and reinstalled AMD/R9 the "crimson" driver latest pack, I'm getting the same results. I can get up to 160 FPS in Overwatch, if I do not have ambient occlusion or triple buffering, or lighting on high. IS that what I should be getting? I can live with how Overwatch runs, I'm just hoping to get the others like X-Com 2 which is a slow turn based game to run on high graphics. So far It will run well on "LOW" but will run poorly on "High" at at low framrate. I also tried overclocking, and it spazzed out and had to boot in safe mode and uninstall afterburner in order to boot up, since afterburn loads at startup... So overclocking is out for now, I need help with the settings of these games. Please advise.
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probably the card is throttling due to temps
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