Originally Posted by zxCoTToNxz
hey guys im new to nvidia surround and i was wondering is there anyway to cheaply improve my system via overclocking or anything else so that i can maximise its performance for nvidia surround for games like bad company 2 and soon to be BF3 as sometime i can play bc2 on medium to high settings and sometimes i cant and its starting to bug me if oc'in is a soloution could you please provide a guide to follow for dummys like me
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has known issues with triple-wide setups that are not present in Vietnam. If you're getting frequent crashes, it's the game and not Surround.
Beyond that, in a general sense, I would suggest overclocking those 470s (use something like MSI Afterburner, even if they're not MSI cards) but mine get so hot when I do overclock them that I'd not really recommend it; especially since you will run face-first into that 1.25GB VRAM wall when you start turning details up.
Follow one of the first-gen Core i7 overclocking threads to get your CPU speeds up a bit - I saw a bit of a framerate bump going from 2.66GHz (i7 920 stock) to 3.8GHz, but nothing big enough to get seriously excited about - Surround just gives the GPUs so many pixels to push that the CPU acting as a bottleneck on performance is minimised in all except older games.
Other than that, I'd set the resolution to where you want it (Surround) and details to minimum, and watch the framerate and VRAM carefully with something like the FPS OSD offered by MSI Afterburner. Start turning settings up, and watch to see when VRAM usage starts getting into the 1150MB region; it's after that you'll probably notice framerate dropping like a rock as the card starts swapping texture memory first to system RAM, then when that's full, to the HDD. Which is really, really painful - 1fps painful.
Originally Posted by Chobbit
Check out the other Surround gaming thread you posted in, I've replied to your post.
Haha, just to keep life interesting, I'll reply here!