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Ok, second Oblivion issue of the day, lol.

So I'm getting low FPS in certain places with my setup below. I've cross referenced this against Benchmarks, and it doesn't seem right at all.

Check this screen, as you can see i'm not overlooking a huge pile of complex polys, I'm staring at some horse stable. As I turn around and see miles of trees and grass, I get upto 80FPS! It seems it's more related to NPCs, which would point to CPU, but my CPU isn''t that bad.

I have the settings on Ultra High, with HDR on and AA off, at my native res. Draw Distances are at about 70%, but as I say, this is short range facing an NPC and some horses. I unchecked "show FPS in Screenshots", by accident, but I'm getting 20-23 FPS there...





I also ran GPU-Z, but it crashes after about 1 minute, I have to restart the entire computer as I lose all visual. However, I told it to save a log, and GPU usage was between 30-60%, temperature was 85C ~ .

I'm pretty sure the card is fine, I've played about 20 hours on other games like BC2 at high settings, where it has heated up more and generally been stressed higher. I've also ran quite a few Furmark and Vantage tests, which have come out with good if not above average scores for my card. I am running the latest drivers as of last week, whatever they were then.

Thoughts?
Edited by Dom_sufc - 2/16/11 at 2:18am
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tried using your old drivers?
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tried using your old drivers?
I haven't tried older drivers yet. I will do if there's no other decent answers.

Here's an update. I lowered the resolution to the lowest possible 720 x 640 or something like that. Exactly the same FPS. Well - 1 different, but it flickers between 28 and 29 constantly.





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hmm well am no expert by a long shot but try your old drivers then if it works keep them, i remember there bein one set of drivers for the 4870x2 which were particully good but i dont remember which version sorry ^^
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Which one do you think I should go for?

10.1, maybe? I've not used ATi before last week, so I don't know much about the drivers.

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...w_vista64.aspx
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10.4 Drivers yielded a 2fps drop in the same position as the screenshots above. :/
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Tried 10.5, improved about 1 FPS from the original. This is still no where near what I should be getting on this card.
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Oblivion is more CPU dependent than GPU, particularly when there are NPC's on screen. Overclock that Q8300 as much as you can, and you'll get substantial increases in FPS.

In my case, upgrading from a 4870x2 to a 5970 did nothing for my Oblivion minimum/city FPS. What really did the trick was moving from a Q6600 to my 930. Heck, I could stick in my old 4870x2 right now and still expect fairly the same FPS.
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happens on my 1055T, even at 4ghz. It overloads the CPU, i noticed 100% usage.

Live with it. When i ride in first person on oblivion i get about 150Fps, but in third person it drops to 30.
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Oblivion is more CPU dependent than GPU, particularly when there are NPC's on screen. Overclock that Q8300 as much as you can, and you'll get substantial increases in FPS.

In my case, upgrading from a 4870x2 to a 5970 did nothing for my Oblivion minimum/city FPS. What really did the trick was moving from a Q6600 to my 930. Heck, I could stick in my old 4870x2 right now and still expect fairly the same FPS.
Fair enough, then. I can live with it. But I was more annoyed at the thought I was missing out on something I should be able to do.

I never took notice of the CPUs on the benches, but I bet they were top models of the times.
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