Originally Posted by ThisMaySting
Thank you for the reply! That's all I am looking for here too, so already I know this is a great match!
There is one particular subject that I would like to bring up, and honestly I have been doing so much research trying to figure out what I can do to either "smooth out" the problem or correct it altogether.
For the record, before I start, let me say that games such as Crysis 3, BF 3, Farcry 3, all these games run with a fluidity that could make water jealous, and for this I am grateful and extremely impressed, not only with the board, but with my particular 8350 and the GTX-670 FTW as well. I can literally max out all settings in these games, everything, anisotropic maxed, antialiasing maxed, I have fooled around with FXAA and TXAA as well and maxed them out, I mean it's more than what I was expecting times about ten!
Having said that, there is one area of gaming that, come hell or high water, I have not been able to get to the bottom of, and this would be the MMO side of things, particularly WoW. I only notice huge lag spike and frame drops in GW2 if there's a 250+ person world versus world encounter going on and I forget to drop the video settings, and there's not one person in the battle who is not complaining about the lag anyway.
In WoW though, sometimes even in a 10 man raid with my guild, I notice some serious dips in FPS, down into the 20's, and it actually starts to lag. I know that AMD isn't the strongest with single threaded applications such as WoW, but I know there is something I am missing that is causing this, I don't accept what I have heard so far from so many people; "If you wanted good performance in WoW you should have gone Intel."
I won't accept that, not after seeing what I have seen this set up do with games that make WoW graphics look like Atari.
One of the wonderful things about this board is the OC Profile, so when I DO find the "WoW" sweet spot, even if it mean disabling a couple cores to help fix the problem, we all know how easy it is just to swap a BIOS profile and keep plugging!
This leads me to my overall point / question. Do you think it would come down to maybe running only 4 or even 2 cores for WoW? Maybe even making a profile with a lower overclock on 2 or 4 cores to be able to enable the Turbo profile (which I have never done but I have read that it can boost single threaded performance, though I have yet to test it...)?
I have been through every voltage I can possibly change, I have raised and lowered respective to the overclock and nothing has worked. I know that the IMC in the FX chips isn't the greatest in the world, but honestly, again, I refuse to believe that there is nothing that can be done about this. 25 mans are obviously worse, sometimes they dip into the teens for FPS.
Just for ease of reference, here is the validation to CPU-Z, to save anyone from having to scroll back up: http://valid.canardpc.com/2872233
I didn't write "everything" down from BIOS, but here is a combination of what I have written down and what I remember solidly about my current BIOS settings, specifically voltages:
CPU/NB: 1.32v (have tried from 1.2 - 1.35v)
All LLC settings are set to HIGH (I found that EXTREME had a tendency to crash the system at this overclock, and even at 4.8 GHz, HIGH was perfect!)
VDDA: 2.65v (Tried everything from 2.0v to 2.65v due to my high CPU/NB and HTLink clocks)
CPU/NB: 2500MHz (Have used from 2400 - 2750MHz)
HTlink: 2500MHz (See above
FSB overclock: 250
RAM: Everything on Auto (11-11-11-28), specs are 11-11-11-30. Running at 2000MHz.
C1E and all that jazz is all disabled. PCI-E I set to 100MHz rather than use Auto.
This is what I have written down and can remember off the top of my head. If you need anything else that is pertinent to the issue at hand, please, by all means let me know and I will be happy to provide you with it.
Thanks in advance, I know that someone will have the foresight and knowledge that I am looking for with this!