Not much headroom

Finally pushing into the hardware limits of my stock gaming machine. Config is Win 7 64, Athlon 64 X2 6400+ BE (3.2GHz), Radeon 3870X2. The latest installment in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, namely Call Of Pripyat, has brought my machine to its knees, at least when running with most settings maxed. It’s perfectly fine with the DX9 lighting and high detail, but has to be run at medium with DX10 for acceptable performance.

Well I wanted to establish whether it was primarily the CPU or the graphics card holding it back. Probably a bit of both, since my CPU is old K8 architecture although the fastest stock speed AMD offered. I tried overclocking the CPU first…couldn’t get it stable at 3400 or 3300 at stock voltage. Could juice it up a bit but really…with that kind of result I don’t think I can expect much over 3400, if that. I’m thinking of replacing the CPU first since this thing is old 90nm tech and sucks down power. Although it’s a nice space heater for winter.

Can’t afford to replace either the CPU or video card in the immediate future, though. So will make do with DX9 on high. It’s the only newer game I’m playing at the moment anyway.

November 19, 2009 В· agw В· No Comments
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