Topic Title: Dual Graphics issue A8-3850 + HD6670
Topic Summary: not an in-game improvement
Created On: 10/09/2012 10:17 AM
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 10/09/2012 10:17 AM
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boggy_b1
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I've read much of the threads here about crossfire problems, dual graphics, FPS issues but could not find the one having the same characteristics as I do.

My rig specs:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A75-D3H
Processor: AMD A8-3850 (with integrated HD6550 graphics)
Memory: 8Gb Kingston 1600MHz
Video: Gigabyte Radeon HD6670 1GB DDR3 128-bit
HDD: WD 500Gb 7200Rpm
PSU: Inter-Tech Energon 550W

The problem starts when I enable Dual Graphics, not only that Windows 7 benchmarks stays almost the same (6.7->6.8) the in-game FPS (talking about BF3) doesn't change either (25-35 FPS on low settings). A very strange fact is that if I use the dedicated 6670 only as the primary display device the improvements are visible, I mean 40-50 FPS on medium settings. I don't think this is normal considering the fact that crossfiring the GPU with the APU using this new technology should improve the grafics not drag them down. Heres a link to prove this http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/44338-amd-a8-3850-apu-review-llano-hits-desktop-7.html

Just to clear some questions upfront here's what I've did to setup my Dual Graphics:

With the 6670 not plugged in I've setup BIOS to use the primary display graphics ONBOARD 
- Installed the latest AMD Catalyst (12.8) 
- Plugged in the discreet card and swiched monitor cable from onbord DVI to the dedicated DVI 
- Enabled in Catalys the AMD Dual Graphics option (there is no Crossfire option only this one) 

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OS

And a helpfull (I think) print sreen

 

I would highly apreciate any ideas of where the problem could be.

Cheers.

 10/09/2012 02:32 PM
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Don't mistake dual graphics with crossfire. The apu's low bandwidth brings the dedicated gpu to its knees so you actually win nothing and probably get better fps using ONLY the hd6670.



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 10/10/2012 08:44 AM
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Then why this technology even exists if there are no graphic improvements.

Please some benchmarks that proves differently:

 

And the AMD official site, whre it says this: "Only AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics combines two powerful Radeon™ DirectX 11-enabled graphics processors to provide the ultimate gaming performance boost when you need it. Experience gaming at higher resolutions with greater image quality and boost visual performance when you combine a Quad-Core AMD APU for desktops with the AMD Radeon™ HD graphics card."

http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/dual-graphics/pages/dual-graphics.aspx

 10/10/2012 12:06 PM
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Perhaps in benchmarks.. but for example a few game benchmarks here: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/46157-amd-a10-5800k-dual-graphics-evaluation/?page=2 . In some games like Dirt showdown on 1080p you get a lot more fps than on lower resolutions, but in Arkham City benchmark you actually lose some fps. So I guess its fair to say it works better in some games than others and for some it makes things worse.



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