|QUOTE (Nillus @ Aug 17 2009, 16:53)|
|QUOTE (Chevyboy @ Aug 17 2009, 16:14)|
| Good to hear and glad to see |
Yep, but hey you can try overclocking your E8500 aswell.
A friend of mines has one too and overclocked it to 3.5GHz with stock cooler and getting 50+ on the GTA IV benchmark.
Oh and a Arctic Freezer 7 Pro is below 20 euros/pounds so your CPU stays cooler and your PC more silent.
I do overclock it, I had to update the bios recently and have yet to overclock it again
Been overclocking for many years
Last time I was at 4.4Ghz and benchmarked close to 60FPS with the same settings, I won't be going so high this time as it's summer and 4.4 was pushing more voltage through it than I feel comfortable with.
Anyways after playing around a bit last night/this morning I've come up with a stable, low voltage 4Ghz clock. I still need to run it through a proper stress test as I only gave it about 7 hours last night (I'll finish with a good 16 or so hour run later) but the results...
Average FPS: 56.57
Duration: 37.19 sec
CPU Usage: 95%
System memory usage: 64%
Video memory usage: 79%
Video Mode: 1680 x 1050 (60 Hz)
Texture Quality: High
Texture Filter Quality: Highest
View Distance: 30
Detail Distance: 100
Microsoft® Windows Vista" Home Premium
Service Pack 2
Video Adapter: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Video Driver version: 184.108.40.2065
Audio Adapter: Speakers (Auzentech X-Fi Forte)
Intel® Core2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16GHz
File ID: benchmark.cli
Now it's hard to say how much these drivers have optimized but I did dig up a benchmark of the last time I was at 4Ghz. FPS was a tad under 52 with slightly lower settings. Keep in mind this was with 8.12 drivers so it's hard to say if it was one specific driver or optimizations throughout.
Anyways gonna do some further tweaking but even with 900+MB's of vram usage on a 512 card these drivers have eliminated the very minimal amounts of popins I experienced previously. 60 FPS should be doable with further tweaking and with the ram timings being tightened up which I have yet to do.
Cheers.**** To those with rain issues, try setting Catalyst AI to enabled and "standard". I attempted to turn it off because of issues in another game earlier and forgot to turn it back on. GTA4 suddenly had no rain detection. Enabled it once again and the issues was fixed.****