Sapphire HD 6870 not performing like it should

By evilgower
Dec 13, 2012
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  1. Elo I have an

    amd radeon sapphire 1gb not overclocked
    fx 6100 six core prossesor water cooled
    8gb ram
    750w power supply

    this is my setup but I struggle to play games like shogan 2 and all of the other total war series arma 2 mw3 battlefield 3 I have to play them all on lowest settings to get good framerates but I look on youtube and there people uplaoding videos same GPU as me and able to play on highest settings any ideas please
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    What resolution do you play at? The 6870 is now a low-mid range card so if you're running at a high resolution you might have to turn down the settings in the more demanding games. It should be fine in MW3 though.

    Make sure you download the latest drivers from AMD.
  3. evilgower

    evilgower Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    1280x720 shogan playing on meduim settings laggy realy bad

    And yea I have the latest drivers
  4. evilgower

    evilgower Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    This is wat I mean here is someone playing battlefield 3 on ultra settings on the same card as me
    but I have to play on lowest settings
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    At that resolution your 6870 should give very good performance. Download MSI Afterburner and check your GPU usage and clock speeds when you're gaming.
  6. TechGamer

    TechGamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 407   +34

    Seems like your going to have to replace that card hopefully your still under a waranty cause I think it has some damage componments
  7. evilgower

    evilgower Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    While I was using msi afterburner and playing mw3 max GPU USAGE went to 78

    I came across something wierd I was getting high framerates while playing and had fraps in the corner was getting 91 frames but still seemed laggy is it possible to have mouse lag
  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    What kind of lag are you experiencing and are you playing these games online? It could be network lag, go on pingtest.net and test your connection.
  9. TechGamer

    TechGamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 407   +34

    You have to specifiy more dude if the gpu is performing quite good there might be many factors what Brand is the PSU

    When was the last format or Driver update or what is your internet Speed

    www.speedtest.net
  10. evilgower

    evilgower Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    Have you downloaded the latest drivers from AMD? do a clean install of the drivers and see if that helps.
     
  12. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Ya first thing is you need drivers. I had the same problem as you when I got my first videocard a Geforce2 MX400 and didnt have nvidias drivers. Despite dad being a computer engineer he didnt know any better and I definitely didnt at age 11.
  13. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    you cant do that with AMD, you have to do a bunch of steps. Try this OP, go to add or remove programs, find AMD Catalyst install manager and press change. Then click express uninstall. Reboot. The next step would usually be deleting the AMD folder on the C drive, but this should not be done on an AMD chipset since it could delete crucial files. Then go to AMDs site and install version 12.10 stable, 12.11 should come out in the coming days so sit tight. After you do this install Application Profiles: http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/pages/crossfirex-app-profiles.aspx

    Tell me if this helps
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,131   +171

    BF3 is pretty CPU intensive. Don't know about the rest. Also what monitor are you using?
  15. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    I notice it is much more GPU intensive. Most tasks that are usually sent to the CPU are sent to the GPU in modern engines.
  16. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,131   +171

    I'm running a HD7950 OC edition and an i5-760 and it is massively CPU bound. Borderlands 2 is the same. Both games at 1080p with very high graphics settings (apart from physx which I generally turn off as I don't have an nvidia card).
  17. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    I have a i7 740QM in my laptop, and I notice my CPU usage is at 73% and my GPU is at 100%, it is most likely because I am running at medium maybe. Check what I said before, I am not taking into account that BF3 is only using 30% of frostbite 2, so therefore it is pretty CPU intensive. I think BF4 will be a bit less taxing on the CPU. But being inside cities or around buildings requires a lot of CPU power. For example PS2 is very CPU intensive, it requires a i5 quad core to play well, but a lower end gfx card since it has huge maps and therefore more computing
  18. evilgower

    evilgower Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yes I have downloaded the latest drivers
     
  19. evilgower

    evilgower Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok thanks I will give it a try
  20. evilgower

    evilgower Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    im using a crappy VGA one
  21. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    After you install the drivers, go to Catalyst control center and restore factory defaults. if this doesnt work, then you have to call Sapphire and ask for a replacement
  22. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Turn off AA in the game. If you have it set on 8x that'll kill your framerates. AA really murders fps but 4x really cleans up the jaggies.
  23. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    the 6870 is capable of AA, while still achieving high frames, it is an issue with the card itself
  24. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Depends on what CPU and resolution he's pushing. AA slashes frame rates, 8x will probably quarter or third non AA fps.
  25. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    with the latest application profiles that shouldnt be a problem


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