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Here's how I fixed the low GPU usage problem with DA2 and Nvidia cards.

1. You'll need the latest beta drivers that have the Dragon Age 2 profile/improved compatibility.

2. Download Nvidia Inspector if you don't already have it. Make sure to update it to the latest version (1.9.5.5).

2. Open it and click the driver profile settings.
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3. Find the Dragon Age 2 profile and scroll down to the SLI section and set each line to however many cards you have. I have two so I changed every setting to two. If you have one, set it to one. If you have three, set it to three etc.
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I can't promise that this will work for people using only a single card but it's definitely improved performance for me. My cards went from 55-70% usage with huge fluctuations to a solid 90+% usage during gameplay after doing this. My FPS has also increased to an average of 55-70 fps during gameplay and even going up into the 90's and mid 100's in certain areas using the high res texture pack @ 1920x1080, very high, 4xAA, 16xAF, DX11.

Hope it helps.
Edited by Pillz Here - 3/9/11 at 11:42am
post #2 of 23
This is interesting stuff! My gtx 570 gets hammered really hard when I have the game maxed out and I have the beta drivers from nvidia. I get like 6fps with it maxed where as my buddy with a 5870 can max it no problem.
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Bioware noted that DX11 mode on the demo was known to be having issues with Nvidia cards, and they recommended setting it to another DX version. I don't know if they have fixed it yet, I just remember the issue being present.
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Originally Posted by EfemaN;12671191 
Bioware noted that DX11 mode on the demo was known to be having issues with Nvidia cards, and they recommended setting it to another DX version. I don't know if they have fixed it yet, I just remember the issue being present.

Its the same with the full game sadly
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can anyone verify if this improves performance in a single card setup?
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Originally Posted by mothrpe;12671276 
can anyone verify if this improves performance in a single card setup?

I will test this tonight and let everyone know
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post #7 of 23
I laugh at how little testing they did before releasing this game. I'll give this a shot. Thanks OP.


Edit: after some testing in the Bone Mines I am now at 95% usage on both cards and no f'ed up textures. The Highest Textures on DX11 looks soooo much better than med DX9 biggrin.gif
frame rates aren't perfect but at least playable
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Edited by Draygonn - 3/9/11 at 10:30pm
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For my single GPU doesn't do anything.
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fudge why AMD only.. ...... racism
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I have 2x gtx 460's.

I was getting 40% usage on each in SLI

After your tweak I am now getting between 70 and 75% each in SLI.

Thanks!
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