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FX8350/R9 390 (MSI) GTAV Low FPS

Hey guys!

I have an FX8350, MSI R9 390, and 8gb 1866 RAM. Having a really rough time with GTAV. Recommended settings have everything set to Very High but when benchmarked I can only get around the upper 20 to lower 40 fps range. CPU is clocked at 4.33ghz and GPU is clocked at 1100mhz. What makes it seem very strange to me is that neither the GPU or the CPU is at full usage. GPU load is very sporadic bouncing from the upper 90's to 0 constantly with the CPU usage on all cores holding a steady 70-80%. Temps are fine on all cores and VRM's. Monitoring with HWMonitor and GPU-Z. I have also seen many threads like this detailing enthusiast grade hardware absolutely failing at GTAV and would really appreciate an answer to a question that has most definitely baffled me.

First post so please go easy on me!

Thanks guys!
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  1. what kind of temperatures are you experiencing?
    have you updated the drivers?
  2. At idle I'm getting upper 30's on the CPU and upper 60's on the GPU just watching YouTube. In game I get mid 60's on the CPU and upper 70's on the GPU. This is well enough below the max for those two components isn't it?
  3. yes.
    maybe lower the in-game settings?
  4. Oh! Something I forgot to mention is that I tried with the recommended, everything on Very High AND with everything at its lowest setting with little to no increase in fps.
  5. chasedula said:
    Hey guys!

    I have an FX8350, MSI R9 390, and 8gb 1866 RAM. Having a really rough time with GTAV. Recommended settings have everything set to Very High but when benchmarked I can only get around the upper 20 to lower 40 fps range. CPU is clocked at 4.33ghz and GPU is clocked at 1100mhz. What makes it seem very strange to me is that neither the GPU or the CPU is at full usage. GPU load is very sporadic bouncing from the upper 90's to 0 constantly with the CPU usage on all cores holding a steady 70-80%. Temps are fine on all cores and VRM's. Monitoring with HWMonitor and GPU-Z. I have also seen many threads like this detailing enthusiast grade hardware absolutely failing at GTAV and would really appreciate an answer to a question that has most definitely baffled me.

    First post so please go easy on me!

    Thanks guys!


    This is probably your motherboard not feeding your CPU the power it needs. It's a common issue. What is the make/model?
  6. M5A99FX Pro R2.0. Got it from Microcenter back in February of this year and was told that it would be a very good pick from a friend who is even more technologically inclined than myself.
  7. chasedula said:
    M5A99FX Pro R2.0. Got it from Microcenter back in February of this year and was told that it would be a very good pick from a friend who is even more technologically inclined than myself.


    Yes, it's definitely not the motherboard.
    What is your PSU, windows version and are you running the latest drivers on GPU, MB and the latest version of GTA5?

    If yes, then try the game with all the setting and the resolution turned as low as possible.
  8. PSU: Corsair CX750M
    MB is on BIOS version 2501 which is the latest, checked that yesterday.
    GPU is running Crimson 16.4.1 which I believe is the latest.
    DL'd GTAV from Steam yesterday so I'm assuming that it is also up to date.
  9. try doing a clean driver install
    "Clean" graphics driver install in Windows 7, 8.1 or 10.
    http://i61.tinypic.com/rbm69y.jpg**CLEAN GRAPHICS DRIVER INSTALLATION**First and foremost, if you're using an automatic driver management utility, I'd recommend you get rid of it. Most of them, including GeForce experience, cause more problems than they... Read More
  10. chasedula said:
    PSU: Corsair CX750M
    MB is on BIOS version 2501 which is the latest, checked that yesterday.
    GPU is running Crimson 16.4.1 which I believe is the latest.
    DL'd GTAV from Steam yesterday so I'm assuming that it is also up to date.


    This is strange. Have you altered anything in the BIOS? Regardless of whether you did or not, go there and do a load optimized defaults. Plus the clean driver install Thineswar suggested.
  11. Sorry for the huge AFK time. Load optimized defaults will undo everything I've changed in the BIOS like OC's and things of that nature? Also, as I've had both CCC and Crimson, will doing a fresh driver install remove both of the existing so I can put on the most recent one? I have both because Crimson was being weird when I first got the card.
  12. chasedula said:
    Sorry for the huge AFK time. Load optimized defaults will undo everything I've changed in the BIOS like OC's and things of that nature? Also, as I've had both CCC and Crimson, will doing a fresh driver install remove both of the existing so I can put on the most recent one? I have both because Crimson was being weird when I first got the card.


    Yes load optimised default will reset everything. But i assume you can save an overclocking profile beforehand.

    Do a driver uninstall with this to make sure you remove any and all gfx driver leftovers.
  13. Awesome! In the middle of some homework at the moment but I'll try and give this a go later on tonight.
  14. Also, I'm moving the game from an old HDD, had it stored there because of the game's massive size and relative emptiness of that drive, to my main SSD that houses all of my current games. Any ideas on the outcome of that? The reason I decided to do it was because on benchmarking the game last night it was very slow to load the next section of the benchmark and would stutter like crazy through most of them.
  15. Did what you guys said which was to load optimized defaults and clear/reinstall graphics drivers. Played with settings on very high again which was what was recommended with no increase in fps. GPU clock stuck at what I OC'd it to, 1100mhz, but the load bounced around like crazy still. Starting to think that maybe it is a CPU bottleneck because across all 8 cores the max usage in HWMonitor was in the upper 80's and lower 90's. If you guys have anymore ideas I'd love to hear them but I am starting to think that I'm at the end of my rope on this one.
  16. actual in game performance would not be impacted by what kind of drive you use.
    anyway, doing away with the overclock only makes the cpu run hotter.
    when i said lower the in-game settings, i meant lowering it, if needs be, all the way to the lowest setting possible and see if there's any improvement
  17. Going from 4.3 back to 4(factory clock) would make it run hotter? I knew going into the drive swap that it most likely wouldn't make a difference but I was pretty desperate haha. Also, I've lowered everything and it still doesn't make a change. I've gone to 800x600 or whatever that crap resolution is and all settings either off or on their lowest option.
  18. that seems to be case doesn't it?
    anyway, i should've done this earlier, but it turns out, that is the expected performance of that card.
  19. Really? I haven't done too much research but I've seen playing at 1440p going above the bare minimum of the settings. Does that leave the CPU to blame or am I just screwed?

    Edit: Could you link me to where you read that?
  20. Best answer
  21. Oh jeez, I totally missed the link. Thanks a lot man! You and Hlsgsz have been a big help. So thanks again for all the advice even though there isn't much to be done.
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