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I have a Asus 4870 1GB, but it never seems to get loaded past 50% or so, and games run poorly.
Anyone else have similar problems or know what's wrong?

I know my system isn't exactly top of the line, but I think I should get more than 30fps in source engine games






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Pentium D 830 (crap)
 
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Reinstalled drivers a couple times, but no improvement.

I figured it had something to do with my cpu, but it never gets loaded much either. Core0 is at around 70-80% and core1 is only like 10% while gaming.

Would this still bottleneck the 4870?
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Yeah like he said that cpu is just not enought for a 4870.... move up to dual or quad core.
The PD is a dual core, just a bit of an old one
 

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Reinstalled drivers a couple times, but no improvement.

I figured it had something to do with my cpu, but it never gets loaded much either. Core0 is at around 70-80% and core1 is only like 10% while gaming.

Would this still bottleneck the 4870?
tf2 is a prime example of source engine cpu rape. tf2 has little to no support for multi cores and at most use the 2nd core for little things.
 

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Source engines are only single threaded so it needs raw clock speed and an efficient architecture. Moving from yours to even an E2160 @ 3GHz would be a large step up. My old AMD X2 was limiting even my 3870.
 
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try cpu affinity from task manager for games if they are running on a single core,see if that helps.my cs1.6 runs on a single core,not sure about source titles.
 

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Turn up the eye candy and turn down the physics. You are getting poor framerates and low GPU usage because your 4870 is waiting for data from your Pentium D.
 

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Can you overclock you Pentium D? If you get sufficient cooling you should hit 4GHz.
 
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Thanks for the help guys. Looks like I'll be upgrading cpu and mobo next.

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Can you overclock you Pentium D? If you get sufficient cooling you should hit 4GHz.

I would, but these things run hot. On load at stock clocks I hit 50-60c easily so ocing isn't really an option for me
 

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What I meant was go with a core2duo or an athlonx2... a dual core p4 is still a p4. Poor architecture. Plus a Pentium D has 2 separate dies with one core each which sucks for gaming.
 

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Something still doesn't add up. Althought the Pent. D is crap(slow), still doesn't explain the lack of gpu usage. I still have a Pent. D 840 and yes it would just make you slow but you should still see 95-100% cpu usage in 3d apps. Try Furmak in a windowed low resolution mode, like 640 x 480. Run gpu-z at same time with furmark in either a benchmark or stability test. See if then don't get close to 100% cpu usage.
 

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Enable multicore rendering under TF2 advanced video options, it was added in a recent patch.
 
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