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Old 01-27-2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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Alright here's my situation. I got a new kick ass 7900 GT 256 mb. Me thinking its going to solve all my game problems. Wrong! I havent seen a HUGE difference in performance that i was hoping for from my 6600 GT 128mb that i had. Now i play games like BF2, CS Source, and Supreme Commander. Now my cpu is a Athlon64 3000. My question is, is my cpu bottlenecking my video card from performing better? Would a Athlon X2 4400 fix my issue? I really hate to have spent the money for the video card for no reason

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Old 01-28-2007, 12:03 AM   #2
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I doubt its bottle necking it too much. Is it socket 754 or 939?
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:04 AM   #3
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Socket 939. Do you think it would be a Bios update? It hasnt been updated since 2005 i think lol. Can it make that difference?
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:07 AM   #4
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Na, but what fps are you getting in those games, at what settings and resolution?
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:10 AM   #5
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Like BF2, i had to turn down like a couple getting to low or medium to get it running sorta smooth at around 60 fps and people i hear going 80 or 90 on full graphics.

With CS Source, im getting like very unstable fps from like 30-40 to 60-70-80 fps. I mean something is not right here with a GPU like this.

Supreme commander, i was playing 1v1, and like it was lagging very bad, like i would probably get the same with my 6600GT u know. I dont know, but something is weird. Could it be my shitty old sound card? CPU?
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:16 AM   #6
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What resolution are you running at? Yea, cus you should be able to max out bf2 no problem. Unless your running it at a high resolution.
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:18 AM   #7
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I know im running max 1248X1024 man. Thats my max on a 19inch. Thats why i dont get it, somethign is wrong, and i cant figure out it. Its been on my mind all week!
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Yes somethings defiantly not right. But its not your cpu. Are you noticing any artifacts or anything? Try running 3dmark 05, by your score, you should defiantly be able to tell whether somethings really wrong.
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Yeah im going to do that. Do i need to maybe update my nforce4 drivers or something? Im getting the bios updates.
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Thats not a bad idea. Try that.
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i agree, try the new bios, and if you can, run a MEM test on it. it wouldn't be the first time i've seen bad RAM bottleneck things.
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:50 AM   #12
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I updated the video card drivers, nforce 4 chipset drivers and i see no difference. I wasnt able to update the bios cuz when i use Asus update to do it, it doesnt do anything and my cpu usage goes 100% for like 15 min and doesnt do anything. Some winflash.exe uses it but it never finishes, it seems to be running in the background. Anyways im doing 3dmark 05 right now. We'll see. How do u know if you have bad memory?
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K i got like 7403 in 3dmark05.
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Default Re: CPU bottlenecking GPU?

thats not a bad score, but i think from looking at your specs it sould be better.

Mem test is a bootable CD program. download the file from the following link, and use a program like nero to burn an image of the file to a CD. Put the disk in, and restart your computer.

http://www.memtest86.com/

this test will run as long as you let it. it does not stop. People say you can get accurate read outs in about three hours worth of run time, but i'd recommend about 8 hours. that gives your RAM time to heat up and see if high-demand usage (Like gamming) is doing weird things.


from personal experiance, i need to ask if you have a wireless card in your system. In my old comptuer, if i had a wireless card installed, i would lag and lock up my computer in games(both single player and online). The moment the wireless card was gone, BOOM, no more problems.
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Default Re: CPU bottlenecking GPU?

I ran the memory test all night, and no errors. Could it be my sound card? Too old?
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I ran the memory test all night, and no errors. Could it be my sound card? Too old?
Maybe, try taking it out, and uninstalling its drivers, then installing teh integrated motherboard drivers.
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I tried doing what you suggested but it wasnt that. The integrated sound sounded horrible if anything, but video card performance didnt change at all. I have no idea, i just formatted like 2 weeks ago when i got a SATA drive. The memory test went fine and it wasnt that. Do you have any other idea guys? Im very desperate.
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I updated the video card drivers, nforce 4 chipset drivers and i see no difference. I wasnt able to update the bios cuz when i use Asus update to do it, it doesnt do anything and my cpu usage goes 100% for like 15 min and doesnt do anything. Some winflash.exe uses it but it never finishes, it seems to be running in the background. Anyways im doing 3dmark 05 right now. We'll see. How do u know if you have bad memory?
that was happening to me on the winflash let it sit there overnight, thats what I did and it finished.
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The card might just be defective, RMA it. Hopefully you bought it at newegg.
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Cant be cuz my friend sold it to me and he was running perfect with it, like 100 fps in cs. Could it be because he's got a 3800 X2 processor?
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