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Hey everyone, I am brand new to this forum and also brand to to this overclocking world =P. I just recent put together a fairly decent PC.

The specs are....

Vista 64bit
EVGA Nforce 790i Ultra Motherboard with the latest p05 bios
Intel Q9450
Three BFG 9800GTX OC in TRI SLI clocked at 700mhz each
Patriot 4gb DDR3 PC3-10666 1333mhz (7-7-7-20), 1.7v
Two 150g Raptor hard drives.
XIGMATEK HC NRP-HC1201 1200W power supply
Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case

So I've been running Crysis and Max settings and I am only getting around 20-25fps average at 1650x1080 on Very High when the action starts happening. Is this low? I am wondering if someone of my of my settings are off or is it just my CPU that is bottle necking my graphics cards? Currently I am planning to overclock the Q9450 but I really have no clue where to start.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 16
It's not your CPU bottlenecking the graphics card. You are more likely than not quite GPU limited at those settings.

Anyway, I'd check to see that SLI was enabled and working correctly; maybe run some other benchmarks.
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fairly decent my @ss, Thats a nice rig congrats.
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Yeah, pretty sure 3 GTX's should get higher than 25FPS in Very High. I mean, I can get about 14-20 in Very High with a single 8800GT!
    
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What clock is your processor running at?
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Current my processor is running at 2.66 which is stock speed. I'm really sad that my fps is still pretty low with 3 graphics cards. Any suggestions?
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Try overclocking your CPU to 1748FSB for 3.5Ghz. That would eliminate the possibility that your CPU is bottlenecking performance.

Try tigher RAM timings, too.
    
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what timings would you suggest?
And should I keep the memory clock the same at 1333hz?
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what timings would you suggest?
And should I keep the memory clock the same at 1333hz?
7-7-7-20 on DDR3 Ram is FAST for DDR3.

Mine's at 8-8-8-24 and can't get any tighter so you've got yourself some very decent RAM.

My only suggestion would be to put a slight overclock on your 9450. You ought to be able to get to 3.6+ on stock voltages. Mine runs 3.805 at a little less than stock volts.

That would definetely eliminate any thought of a bottleneck.
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I've tried raising my FSB to to 1500mhz on the board so I can get 3.0ghz. But at that point the system becomes totally unstable. It will not even boot. I have no clue how you guys are getting like 3.6GHZ . That would mean I had have turn the fsb to 1800mhz. And it is set to 1333mhz stock so I am a little scared.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220278

That's the ram I bought.
Is it correct for me to set it at 7-7-7-20 at 1.7volts?
And I have the mem clock set to 1333hz
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