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Hello all,

I picked up Fallout 3 GOTY on Steam during the Christmas sale. Right off the bat I was having problems. My game crashed every 5-10 minutes and having the ability to save my games required me to be signed into GFLW. A simple google search reveals that the game has problems with quad cores and higher. I am currently running the game on two cores through a simple config tweak and so far the game has not crashed yet. However, the game runs horribly. When there are no NPC's around, I get around 60-100FPS. In heated battles or in VATS, my fps tends to drop below 50FPS. This is rather annoying as the game does not feel fluid. I was wondering if any of you guys have had an awful experience with FO3?
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As much as I hate to write uninformative posts, welcome to Fallout. I've never been able to play the game for more than a few hours at a time without it crashing.
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As much as I hate to write uninformative posts, welcome to Fallout. I've never been able to play the game for more than a few hours at a time without it crashing.
I own Fallout New Vegas as well and it runs slight better than FO3 even though it does not have Crossfire support.
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I own Fallout New Vegas as well and it runs slight better than FO3 even though it does not have Crossfire support.
Yeah so do I and it does run a little better, but I still get random crashes here and there. I've learned to live with them sadly
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Considering I play on an 8 threaded CPU with Crossfire 5870s and have NEVER encountered a problem (my GTX 480 crashed and had white pixeled artifacts though!), I think there is some misinformation going on.

I have a copy, that let's just say isn't from Steam. I've never played it with GFWL but that very well could be your problem. If you do some searching, there are ways to disable GFWL and still play Fallout. I'm not sure if I can post links, so just look around.
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Considering I play on an 8 threaded CPU with Crossfire 5870s and have NEVER encountered a problem (my GTX 480 crashed and had white pixeled artifacts though!), I think there is some misinformation going on.

I have a copy, that let's just say isn't from Steam. I've never played it with GFWL but that very well could be your problem. If you do some searching, there are ways to disable GFWL and still play Fallout. I'm not sure if I can post links, so just look around.
As I said before, a simple google search reveals that a lot of quad core owners have problems running FO3.

I am currently using a mod which disables GFLW. However, I am faced with bad performance (with or without the mod) so that is why I am posting here.
Edited by NitrousX - 1/10/11 at 9:14am
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Considering I play on an 8 threaded CPU with Crossfire 5870s and have NEVER encountered a problem (my GTX 480 crashed and had white pixeled artifacts though!), I think there is some misinformation going on.

I have a copy, that let's just say isn't from Steam. I've never played it with GFWL but that very well could be your problem. If you do some searching, there are ways to disable GFWL and still play Fallout. I'm not sure if I can post links, so just look around.
The problems with Fallout 3 seem to be eratic to say the least. 2 people with identical systems could have completely different problems or none at all from one another.

Oh and disabling GFWL on Fallout never worked for me, although it did make the game menu less annoying.
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I've had the crashing problems on occasion, but when the game runs, it seems to run very smoothly for me.
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Are you on the latest patch?

I don't understand how the amount of cores on a CPU can affect how stable gameplay is... If your system is stable, and a game is only single-threaded or uses two cores, etc... it doesn't really matter. Windows does a good job of handling thread priorities, and unless there is a problem with the game's code itself, you shouldn't have any problems.

I think the underlying problem is something else, don't ask me what. Maybe try disabling steam overlay in addition to GFWL? I ran it with the xfire (program, not abbreviation for crossfire) overlay with 0 problems on the 1.7 patch for as long as I can remember.
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I actually think 3 runs better than NV in my playings. The game is horribly done coding wise. My sig rig will play 3 maxxed without any issues for about 3 hours then things will get choppy and laggy. If you reboot you can play for another 3 hours. I think it has to do with the way the game loads textures and things for areas that you have been to. For ex if you run all over the map you will have issues because it loads so much stuff as opposed to if you stay in one place it will be fine.

This is pure speculation based on playing both games.

Just another example of crappy console porting.......
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