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Low FPS while using a good video card on a low resolution screen?

Right, so I recently bought a new computer and I was expecting to get quite a lot of FPS while gaming but apparently, for whatever reason, I get FPS drops and I'm not getting the FPS I expected. Maybe I'm wrong, but my FPS is supposed to be a lot more higher than this. I'm getting about 30-35 min FPS in Crysis 3 and an average of 45-50. Same issue in other games such as Skyrim, Hitman: Absolution and such. In DayZ the issue was A LOT worse as the FPS could usually go down to 20 but I doubt my set up is the issue, I heard the game was quite poorly optimized as it's still in Alpha state. I used Fraps to check as I noticed slight lag every now and then, no benchmark, but I'll do it if necessary. I honestly expected something a lot higher as my screen resolution is 1366x768, 60 Hz. I'm not worried right now as I can play games perfectly fine this way, but it's just that I'd like this set up to do fine with the games coming up for the next couple of years at least, and if there's any issues, I'd like them resolved now than later.

My specs:

Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
Processor: AMD FX-8350 @ 4.2 GHz.
Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290.
RAM: 8 GB Kingston Hyper-X 1600 MHz.
PSU: XFX ProSeries XXX Edition 850W 80+ Bronze.

I listed all that matters, temperatures are stable and should not be affecting the performance that much. Any ideas?
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  1. What is your cpu usage and gpu usage when ingame in Crysis 3?
  2. Suztera said:
    What is your cpu usage and gpu usage when ingame in Crysis 3?


    Let me just check for you real quick.
  3. I'm guessing your CPU is not being utilized properly your GPU can destroy that resolution
  4. low resolution = cpu bottleneck. you'll need to overclock that 8350 to do better.

    btw: the r9-290/290x are made for 1440p... that resolution is so small... i'd be amazed if you ever break 2% gpu utilization.
  5. ingtar33 said:
    low resolution = cpu bottleneck. you'll need to overclock that 8350 to do better.

    btw: the r9-290/290x are made for 1440p... that resolution is so small... i'd be amazed if you ever break 2% gpu utilization.


    Over-clocking my 8350 is not possible at the moment as I'm using the stock cooler and it's basically freaking useless and my CPU already goes up to ridiculous temperatures with it.

    Anyhow, CPU and GPU usage are right here, keep in mind that it's pretty low at the moment as I tabbed out of the game a while before I took the screen shot:

    www.imgur.com/HJDg9yD,hGQ6Esn

    Hope I was able to do this correctly, first time I'm doing this.
  6. Best answer
    yep. you're 100% cpu bottlenecked.

    gonna have to get yourself a real cpu cooler and start overclocking. all those benches showing a 8 core fx in crysis 3 typically have that 8 core up around 4.7ghz...
  7. ingtar33 said:
    yep. you're 100% cpu bottlenecked.

    gonna have to get yourself a real cpu cooler and start overclocking. all those benches showing a 8 core fx in crysis 3 typically have that 8 core up around 4.7ghz...


    Ah, well, guess I'm gonna have to learn how to over clock, then. I have very limited options for cases/water coolers as I'm living in Egypt and you can't get everything here. Anyhow, an off topic question, do you think a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme would fit on the top side of my Zalman Z3 Plus?
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