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okay, so i can confirm that the newest drivers (beta) ones helped a crap ton. GPU usage went up to 96% before even loading the new drivers so maybe that's an issue with the 400 series regarding DX11. not sure.

old driver:
DX11, High, AA 2x AF off, SSAO off
FPS: 166 was lowest, averaging ~180

DX11, High, AA 2x, AF 8x, SSAO on
FPS: 85 was lowest, averaging ~102

DX11, Very High, AA 2x, AF 8x, SSAO off
FPS: ~24


new driver (beta)
DX11, High, AA 2x, AF 8x, SSAO on
FPS: ~104

DX11, Very High, AA 2x, AF 8x, SSAO off
FPS: ~90 (huge difference from before!)
some stuttering. when i turned AA/AF off, stuttering went away completely

this was all at 1920x1080, with the other 3 check boxes (for Very High) left unchecked. so there is def some improvement. i think a final release driver from nVidia and a patch from BioWare will solve the issues.

now, time for some DA2!

edit: also, i'll be glad to post screen shots of the ~90 FPS. i also took one of MSI afterburner before installing beta driver to show GPU usage was indeed up to 96% at one point while playing.
Seriously? I upgraded to the 267.46 beta driver and the 1.01 patch and performance for me on my 560 is still the same - low 30's FPS in an area like sundermount dipping into the 20's during combat. Very high settings, everything else turned off. This is BS
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My first impressions so far. When I first started playing DA:O and Awakening I was captivated instantly by the story. I could not wait to see what happened next and to go exploring. So far, DA2 is not like I expected. I've reached Kirkwall and I am a tad bored to be honest. Maybe the game picks up but at the moment it is by far worse than the first installments.
 
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My first impressions so far. When I first started playing DA:O and Awakening I was captivated instantly by the story. I could not wait to see what happened next and to go exploring. So far, DA2 is not like I expected. I've reached Kirkwall and I am a tad bored to be honest. Maybe the game picks up but at the moment it is by far worse than the first installments.
Yeah, that is pretty much how it is. The game does start out quite slow and you aren't completely sure who the main bad guy is, I am in ACT 2, and I still don't know, but I have a better idea, but the story and game is getting better so don't give up on it.
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Seriously? I upgraded to the 267.46 beta driver and the 1.01 patch and performance for me on my 560 is still the same - low 30's FPS in an area like sundermount dipping into the 20's during combat. Very high settings, everything else turned off. This is BS
what driver did you come from?
if you came from the 267.24, its the same driver. Its just an edited driver by Zotac... it has the same release notes as the 267.24

"This is a beta driver release from the Release 265 family of drivers (versions 265.xx to 269.xx). You can read more about this family of drivers on GeForce.com.

This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

New in Release 267.24

Adds 3D Vision support for Bulletstorm.
Adds SLI support for Homefront.
Improves compatibility with Dragon Age II.
Fixes an issue where the NVIDIA control panel may not be accessible via the Windows desktop.
Other

Installs HD Audio driver version 1.1.13.1
Installs PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514
Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here."


"Download GeForce Forceware 267.46 Windows 7 and Vista 64-bit drivers


This is a beta driver release from the Release 267 family of drivers (versions 265.xx to 269.xx).

This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

Adds 3D Vision support for Bulletstorm.

Adds SLI support for Homefront.
Improves compatibility with Dragon Age II.
Fixes an issue where the NVIDIA control panel may not be accessible via the Windows desktop.
Other

Installs HD Audio driver version 1.1.13.1
Installs PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514
Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here."


look familiar?
wait til you see real driver releases from Nvidia's website... or geforce.com before you get too excited. Manufacturers o Nvidia's cards do this often, and it can confuse people.
    
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look familiar?
wait til you see real driver releases from Nvidia's website... or geforce.com before you get too excited. Manufacturers o Nvidia's cards do this often, and it can confuse people.
Whoops, I need to actually compare the changes next time.

In any case, I tested DA2 Beta Patch 1.01 and 267.46; still horrible GPU utilization:

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Another screenshot:



Red shade = "Very High" settings; 50-70% GPU utilization; micro-stuttering.
Blue shade = "High" settings; 60-75% GPU utilization; less micro-stuttering.
Purple shade = "Medium" settings; 70-80% GPU utilization; no micro-stuttering.

Call me crazy, shouldn't more intensive graphics utilize more GPU, not the other way?

That screenshot is also using the Nvidia Inspector DA2 profile tweak posted earlier in this thread. Unfortunately it didn't do anything for me.



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Another screenshot:

http://i.imgur.com/7Fdb0.gif

Red shade = "Very High" settings; 50-70% GPU utilization; micro-stuttering.
Blue shade = "High" settings; 60-75% GPU utilization; less micro-stuttering.
Purple shade = "Medium" settings; 70-80% GPU utilization; no micro-stuttering.

Call me crazy, shouldn't more intensive graphics utilize more GPU, not the other way?

That screenshot is also using the Nvidia Inspector DA2 profile tweak posted earlier in this thread. Unfortunately it didn't do anything for me.

http://i.imgur.com/PeZ48.gif

SLI is a double-edged blade; some games will give you better results, some will give you same results, some will give you worse.
Believe me it's worse on a single GPU, I've tried. I get constant 60 FPS at high settings and everything else maxed though.
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Believe me it's worse on a single GPU, I've tried. I get constant 60 FPS at high settings and everything else maxed though.
but my single GTX 570 gives me 84 - 89% GPU usage... but still low frames.
    
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Finished first play-through, and I figured out why the game sucks. I was eating a samich after I finished and was incidentally watching the credits, and I discovered that EA/Bioware has 874 overhead positions for each technical/creative position. Totally reasonable that the game would be marginal when your OH expense is 55 million a week in salary.
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look familiar?
wait til you see real driver releases from Nvidia's website... or geforce.com before you get too excited. Manufacturers o Nvidia's cards do this often, and it can confuse people.
Ok but I also installed the 1.01 beta patch which was supposed to yield better performance, and still nothing. They should have fixed this a long time ago with the amount of devs they have on this title.
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