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Hey all.

Specs are in sig.

I just purchased Settlers 7 and running it on MAX 1920x1080 and AA on it doesnt give me the best FPS. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 22
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I have 6gb ram, not 4gb.
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At first glance, not knowing which games you are trying to run, I would say your video card. What games aren't satisfactory? Using the latest drivers?
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Originally Posted by Stupidhatmatt View Post
At first glance, not knowing which games you are trying to run, I would say your video card. What games aren't satisfactory? Using the latest drivers?
Op already said Settlers 7.
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u need to provide more info means what would u call best fps...?????
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Originally Posted by Apexii22 View Post
I have 6gb ram, not 4gb.
Well that'll hurt performance a little bit. You're using 6GB on a dual channel motherboard. You will not be able to go dual channel with 3 sticks of RAM. You should either get rid of a stick of RAM or add a stick of RAM.

Other than that, I don't really know... Probably your video card but I have absolutely no idea what kind of performance you are getting. Please be a little more precise than "not the best"
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post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Airolden View Post
Well that'll hurt performance a little bit. You're using 6GB on a dual channel motherboard.
It's possible he's running 2x2GB + 2x1GB.
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
It's possible he's running 2x2GB + 2x1GB.
Thats true, never considered that. Is this true?
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post #9 of 22
Can you give us a list of games you play except settlers 7. Also, what exact fps do you see on these games, including settlers 7.

I don't think you have a bottleneck. Have you tried patching all games, updating all drivers including chipset, INF, Audio, Windows, SATA/AHCI/IDE Controller drivers after a fresh format of windows? Tried latest GPU drivers?

You could run a benchmark, OC your CPU a bit higher and run a bench again. If you see higher GPU points, your CPU is bottlenecking you. Keep increasing CPU speed til the fps stops increasing no matter how high you continue to overclock. Good way to rule out CPU bottleneck!

Tell me more about your hdd's. Textures are loaded from the hdd throug out some games. If your hdd is too slow, sometimes this can cause a fps decrease and a hdd activity increase. I suffer from this in bad coded games even with an SSD....Black ops lol.

Also, try running EVERYTHING on stock and check your fps. If you see a more consistant fps or higher fps, you may have had some instability that's been decreasing overall gaming performance but not enough to BSOD the computer.

Edit: AA will always eat into your FPS. I lose 20fps in BFBC2 with 8AA enabled.
Edit: How many amps do you have on the 12v rail of your Power suppy? If you have more than one 12v, please specify. Lack of power and higher demand of graphics can cause fps drop.
Edited by BradleyW - 1/2/11 at 3:17pm
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post #10 of 22
I don't see a bottleneck anywhere.

You have a great CPU, a great GPU and more than enough RAM.

Maybe the game just performs badly? It wouldn't be the first one.
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