Very little change in FPS between graphic settings

Hello,
First I would like to mention that this problem did not seem to be occurring a couple months ago (I may be mistaken but to my knowledge everything was fine).
Basically in most games there is very little change in FPS (increase or decrease) between graphic settings.
For example in Far Cry 4:
Ultra 35-40fps
Medium 45-55
Low 55-60
Vsync was turned off and yet it was not breaking 60 fps. But really my problem is this is happening in most games I play now. It almost feels like there is some hidden Vsync action going on even though it is turned off in game. I have read online and it seems that in alot of cases this problem is due to CPU bottle necking, and that may very well be the case. If so then is there any explanation to why this seems to have only recently started occurring?
CPU - AMD FX 8350 @ 4.00GHz (not overclocked but I may try to see if that does anything)
GPU - Radeon R9 280x
RAM - 8Gbs Corsair
PSU - ? (I belive it is a 650w but am not entirely sure at the time of me posting)

I know these are not the greatest specs but it gets the job done and gets it done pretty well even with this little problem I am having.

I can give anymore information as needed.
Any and all help is appreciated
Thank you for the replies!
Reply to GlennyDMB
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  1. Possible CPU or gpu throttling??

    What's your motherboard model?

    The above said , farcry4 was always a hard game to run, you'll be lucky to get a 50fps frame lock on any fx chip.

    The 280x is also showing its age nowadays , it is after all nearly 5 year old tech.

    Drop your in game resolution to 720p, see what difference that makes.

    It will remove GPU limits & place all the emphasis on the CPU instead.
    Reply to madmatt30
  2. madmatt30 said:
    Possible CPU or gpu throttling??

    What's your motherboard model?

    The above said , farcry4 was always a hard game to run, you'll be lucky to get a 50fps frame lock on any fx chip.

    The 280x is also showing its age nowadays , it is after all nearly 5 year old tech.

    Drop your in game resolution to 720p, see what difference that makes.

    It will remove GPU limits & place all the emphasis on the CPU instead.



    I tried both 720p and 900p, running around the same areas I was testing at 1080p I only saw a 1 fps increase.

    Motherboard is an ASUS A5a97 r2 I believe, and also from what I am seeing from hardware monitor my temps seem to be fine, gpu is running a bit hot compared to my Nvidia ones but I'm no expert
    Thank you very much for the quick response!
    Reply to GlennyDMB
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