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    Default i7-950 Performance Issues

    Hi all... I was hoping for some help here. I apparently don't know as much about building my own computer as I thought I did because something seems to be wrong with my setup.

    The computer is a couple years old now and all this time I thought my struggles with my game playing (CodMW2, and BF:BC2) was just because I sucked. But now I'm starting to think things are out of whack.

    So first,my setup....

    CPU: I7-950, 3.06ghz, LGA1366

    RAM: Corsair XMS3 6-gig Triple Channel DDR3 1600mhz (cmx6gx3m3a1600c9)

    M\B: Asus X58 Sabertooth

    Graphics: Asus EAH6850 (Radeon HD 6850), 1gig GDDR5, 790 mhz Engine core, 4000 mhz Memory Core

    Power: 630w Raidmax.


    Now with that said, I believe I should have a pretty decent computer but then I just can't understand why my games are jumpy, non-smooth, bad FPS, etc. After doing some reading I decided to run the following programs.


    Fraps:

    Yesterday while I was playing I was getting around 60 FPS. I have since change my bios setting to switch to "X.M.P." mode and now I seems to be a bit better yet my game playing issues still exists.

    Passmark:

    CPU = 6069, 3d Graphics = 2340, RAM = 1850, Overall Score = 2373


    3dMark 11

    CPU (Physics) = 7557, Graphics = 3316, Combined = 3456, Overall Score = 3756

    * May be worth noting that during the test, my FPS was 20 or less for practically every test.


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    FPS = 20.4, Overall Score = 513


    So although I'm posting this in an overclocking forum, I guess I should say I'm not as concerned about OC as much as just wondering why these older games seem to be struggling. So I figured I'd ask the smart guys for any ideas or things I should check. 

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    Default Re: i7-950 Performance Issues

    Hello! Welcome to Pure OC!
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    Hmmm based on what you posted, that's a low 3dmark11 score. I was getting around 4500+ with my GTX 560ti before. 7000+ with my GTX 660. I did play BF3 with an HD 6770 which is inferior to your card but it wasn't running on default settings. I had to lower it just to be able to run it. I'm thinking the HD 6850 needs an upgrade.
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    Default Re: i7-950 Performance Issues

    Ok so far from what I am seeing your GPu is on par with other benches i have seen with that card (3750 on 3dmark 11)

    You did not tell us if you were maxing out the detail settings in the games. Do you have AA settings a 4x or high or other features like that. The 1GB frame buffer is not helping either.

    What are you using for CPU cooling? Have you been keeping an eye on temps? Seems like you got a little cheap when it came to powering your system with that psu. Not saying it is causing your issues but you never know.

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    Default Re: i7-950 Performance Issues

    I think you need to upgrade youre card first.Then get a bigger PSU.
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    Default Re: i7-950 Performance Issues

    Thanks all for the replies... I think you guys are right. As I tried different OC settings (which I eventually had to back out because of freezing issues) the one thing that never changed was my Graphics score.

    I did make a couple of changes to make sure I wasn't running too high of settings in addition it sees like I have had better luck running a 'native' resolution on my monitor vs selecting more of a true 16:9 settings.

    Look like I'll be turning my attention to OC'ng the card or getting a new one.

    thanks again

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