Topic Title: 7950 crossfire perfomance issues
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 03/08/2012 02:22 AM
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Hi, I am so far not impressed with the performance of my new 7950's in crossfire. They are the Gigabyte windforce ones with 3 gb of gddr5 ram each, they also come stock overclocked to 900mhz core and 1375mhz memory. Running the benchmark in just cause 2 (the dark tower one) I am only averaging around 39 fps. This is with all settings maxed out with v sync off. I can also tell the fps are not up to par in normal gameplay. Here are a couple reviews of the cards in crossfire (albeit they are different brands): [...] ndex9.html

There are many others and all of them have much better frame-rates. One of them is using the exact same benchmark. I don't think anything in my system is a bottleneck as you can see:

Motherboard: Asrock z68 professional Fatality

CPU: i5 2500k @ 4.5 ghz

Memory: 16 gb cosair vengeance low profile (to fit under the noctua cooler for the cpu)

PSU: corsair HX 1050

GPU: 2x gigabyte windforce 7950's

Storage: 2x corsair force 3 120 gb's in raid for OS and apps, 1.5 tb seagate green for other storage

cpu cooler: Noctua nh-d14

OS: windows 7 64 bit

So is there anything I am missing here like a bios setting or a catalyst setting? I know the crossfire is working because of the crossfire icon at the top of the screen during game play.

The cards do make a barely audible humming noise (not the fans) while in crossfire mode, so I don't know if that is normal. Thanks for the help!

PS I did make sure the drivers are up to date and the catalyst settings are set to application controlled.

 03/08/2012 12:37 PM
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1x PCIe x16
1x PCIe x8
1x PCIe x4
2x PCIe x1
1x PCI

So for one thing since all the slots are x16 physical but different electrically make sure you have them in the x16 and x8 slots, and make sure you have the latest UEFI.

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 03/08/2012 04:42 PM
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Thanks for the help. I have the cards in the two top slots (16x and 8x), I will check into the UEFI. Do you think that my cards are bad? Is there a definitive way to test them to make sure they are working properly?

*just checked and the UEFI is up to date according to Asrock website.

Edited: 03/08/2012 at 04:48 PM by 65caliente
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