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Please post all ongoing issues with Bad Company II performance (or other games for that matter) with the Fermi cards.

The other major issue that is apparently related is low gpu usage with Fermi cards under load.


This issue looks to be occuring both single card and in SLI configs. Despite the various temporary fixes suggested at the nvidia forum, nothing resolves it completely (or at all in most cases).

Nvidia has promised a fix for both issues a la a driver update.


http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?s...=170238&st=320


Here is the thread in the Nvidia forums: ^^


(QUICK UPDATE 30TH MARCH 2011 Info from ManuelG is now a very old update!)

ManuelG, an Nvidia employee has posted in the forum the following (latest comment):

I wanted to give everyone an update. We are in the process of building the final driver and it will take about 10 days for testing to complete and pushed out to NVIDIA.com. I will still update everyone who has PM'd directly but I would expect the final driver to be available on NVIDIA.com in the next 10 days.

This was posted by ManuelG on September 3rd at 8:34 PM.

Edit: Update. (Tuesday 7th September 2010) 19:28PM UK Time.
It would seem that there could be a potential conflict bewteen the fermi's and the core i7 920. The common factor with all the people who have this issue all have a i7 920. The current nvidia driver might not be fully optimized when a i7 and a GTX 4XX card are ran together. This is just pure opinion that ive come up with. Also, many people say BC2 stutters on nvidia but not ATI. This shows ATI cards seem to be able to play the game without any issues. Others who report no problems with BC2 and GTX4 cards might not realise that what they are seeing is not how the game should be and that the issue can ony be spotted if you play the game with a ATI card before using nvidia. If you have never experienced this game on a ATI card, you might not realise that the game is not playing as it should with Nvidia 4 series cards is what i am trying to say.

In conclusion, the new drivers should fix the stuttering in all games. They just need some tweaking to get the i7 920 and the GTX 4 cards to run together as they should.

Again, this is just opinion given the comments from other users.

Update: 8th Sep 2010 18:27PM UK Time

The new drivers are here with the BFBC2 stutter fix/Low GPU Usage fix.

View this link
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...-260-52-a.html

It will take you to a thread.
View second post for the link to DL.

(Update) The new drivers do not contain the stutter fix. We must still wait for the drivers to be put onto the nvidia site.

Update:
We have recieved news from a Nvidia worker that the leaked drivers DO contain the fix but most users report that the stuttering is the same. A small amount of users have said the game is now smooth. Try for yourself but it looks like this game might not be fixed for most for a while.

Update: 14th Sep 2010 >> 20:39 UK Time.
The new BETA drivers can now been found on the Nvidia beta drivers website. 260.63!
A few people this thread have already reported very smooth gameplay. Check it out for yourself.
Go to www.nvidia.com

Update: 19th Dec 2010
If anyone has stuttering issues and usage issues with the GTX 570/80, please come forward. Thank you!


Update: 2nd January 2011 at 18:17PM UK Time

For GTX 4 and 5 users, it seems Nvidia driver versions 265.90 and 266.44 are performing well. Many users have said the stutter issue and low GPU uage has been fixed. Please not, if you use this driver yet you still experience low usage, disable vsync. If you suffer from bad tearing or stuttering, try enabled vsync. Many like vysnc, and many don't. Try the game with vsync both on and off to see what works best for you.

Update 3rd January 2011 at 00:20AM UK Time
A member has said the "Phenoms" have seen no improvement with the 265.90 and 266.44 drivers. This is not official yet. Waiting for more input.

Update 4th January 2011 at 15:42PM UK Time
Nvidia release Beta drivers. See link for more info.
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...a-drivers.html
The link will direct you to a different thread on OCN where you will see the DL source.


Please keep checking this page for updates.
Updates are usually every 2-4 weeks!

(Please post any ATI/AMD issues regarding flickering textures, low usage and stuttering, but please remember, the main purpose of this thread is the 4 and 5 series of GTX graphics cards by Nvidia, thank you)

Update 17:52PM British Standard Time 11th Feb 2011
If anyone is having issues with this game on the ATI side of things, come forward. It's good to have a comparison to stop the issues for clearly.

Update 21:33PM British Standard Time 13th Feb 2011
Some Nvidia GTX4 series users are experiencing crashes related to the drivers. main symtom, crash to desktop or coloured bars/lines displayed, or both!

Update 01:15AM British Standard Time 6th March 2011
Beta drivers now released. GTX580 Only.
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...a-drivers.html


Update 17:35 British Standard Time 29th March 2011
New official drivers and GTX590 Beta drivers!
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...7-60-whql.html

Update 20:20 British Standard Time 30th March 2011
New driver updater for nvidia software, as seen in amd's 11.4 previews!
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...fications.html

Update 17:27 British Standard Time 18th April 2011
Nvidia 270 drivers.
See link
DL now
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...d-drivers.html

Update 20:30PM British time 5th May 2011
New Quatro Drivers just in case anyone has a professional card that needs an update. Don't bother trying it on a normal gaming GPU.
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...ql-quadro.html

Help us help you!

Before posting any issues, state the card, OC, temps on full load, settings, vsync on/off, tripple buffer on/off or 3rd party software being used whilst playing this game. Please also state your drivers. Thank you.


UPDATE 18:18PM British Standard Time 24th May 2011
New beta drivers. Click link for more info and download.
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...a-drivers.html

UPDATE 14:18PM British Standard Time 28th July 2011
New Beta Drivers. Click link for more info and download.
http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...0-19-beta.html


UPDATE 22nd Aug 2011 12:42PM British Standard time.
It seems that Nvidia cards do not seem to perform as well as AMD on the Battlefield 3 Alpha. No specific details can be given as it's under strict laws of privacy whilst under developement. On average, 6970 in CF is twice as fast as the GTX 570 in SLI. AMD have also released caps around 2-3 weeks ago to further increase performance. When the game is released, this thread will also discuss issues found in BF3 if there are any.

UPDATE 13th September 2011 21:05PM British Standard Time.
New Nvidia drivers, Beta 285.27
Source: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-wi...ta-driver.html
Some report no fixes for certain on going issues and a member of the forum has reported issues regarding 3D gaming.

UPDATE 23rd September 2011 00:05 British Standard Time.
New patch for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is on the way. ETA is TBA, however we should expect it very soon.
More information.
http://www.overclock.net/video-game-...d-company.html

UPDATE 26th September 2011 22:46
BF3 Beta drivers out now, DL here!
http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=351361

 

UPDATE 3RD DECEMBER 2011 01:51AM UK TIME.

BETA 290.36

http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/win7-winvista-64bit-290.36-beta-driver-uk.html

FIXES BATMAN ARKHAM CITY PHYSIX

SLI AND AMBIENT OCCLUSION FOR SKYRIM

AMBIENT OCCLUSION FOR COD MW3

ENGINE AND 3D VISION UPDATEDAND MUCH MORE

.


Edited by BradleyW - 12/2/11 at 5:56pm
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Hhmmm, and what are your clocks at for cpu and gpu?

Sounds like the gpu isn't getting enough data. Only using 40-60% of it is crazy, should be 90%+ load about 99% of the time playing BC2.
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Only thing I can think of is try rolling back to a previous driver version.
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Originally Posted by rx7racer View Post
Hhmmm, and what are your clocks at for cpu and gpu?

Sounds like the gpu isn't getting enough data. Only using 40-60% of it is crazy, should be 90%+ load about 99% of the time playing BC2.
What can be the issue?
I had the same issue with my previous 5870 + QX6700...

I traded and upgraded only to find the same issue for BC2...
EVERYTHING is NEW besides the Hard Drive...I doubt it's the problem.

EDIT: Had the SAME issue with previous drivers
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Try this, go into My Documents/BFBC2/settings.ini

and change "RenderAheadLimit" to 4

Try everything from 0-4 and see which produces the best results.
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BC2 is particularly CPU savvy. Getting that low of a GPU usage is a sign of such an issue...
Try overclocking the CPU, the usage % and FPS should scale almost linearly with the % overclock if I am right.
Edited by heraisu - 6/29/10 at 3:49pm
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Ok, I'll post up results later on today.
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Sigh.. Again with this.

Post your GPU usage while ingame in BC2.

Edit: Search function. It's been asked probably ten times now. Ftl.
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I dunno ... does that fact that it's online make a difference?

What happens if you do the single player?
    
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Quote:
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I dunno ... does that fact that it's online make a difference?

What happens if you do the single player?
It does because there are more character models to render.
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