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Question about Battlefield 3 and performance

#1NovaFlame112Posted 7/7/2012 8:15:44 AM
I'm trying to play the game on my low-mid end rig, with the following specs

AMD Phenom II X4 B55 3.25ghz
4gb of DDR3 ram
AMD Radeon 6670 1gb
Windows 7 64-bit

I play on all medium, and I get mostly 30fps with slow downs in quite a few spots. I find it odd though that many people with similar specs are getting higher fps then myself. I've tried putting the settings to all low, but there was absolutely no fps gain.

So I take a look at my drivers. I'm still using AMD Catalyst 12.1. I'm unable to download the latest drivers from AMD's website for some reason, because it uses a WWW2 address? It say's the address could not be found. I can't even grab the latest drivers from the Catalyst software itself, is there any other way I could get a hold of them?

Secondly, I play from an external hard drive. Would this affect performance?

Thanks!
#2thaandieselPosted 7/7/2012 8:49:02 AM
6670 is by far the weakest thing in your system, and imo would guess those are normal frames. 6670 is a low end gaming card, and if gaming at 1080p, consider yourself lucky. and playing from a external would definetly impact performance, unless its a thunderbolt or usb 3.0 connection. if its usb 2.0, yea, your game will lag regardless, slow transfer rate.

your cpu is enough to run ultra settings, and you have 4 gigs of ram, gpu is the limiting factor.
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#3NovaFlame112(Topic Creator)Posted 7/7/2012 9:09:23 AM
I don't game at 1080p, I game at 1440 x 900. So I think I should be getting a bit better frames, at least.
#4JonWood007Posted 7/7/2012 9:34:26 AM
6670 is still a bit weak for BF3. Don't get me wrong, you can run BF3 on it, but it's equivalent to the minimum requirement of an 8800 GT.
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#5DragnfyrPosted 7/7/2012 9:39:29 AM
You need to quit the game and restart after changing settings before the settings are actually reflected. That's why you didn't notice a FPS change when setting the settings to low.
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#660secondAssasinPosted 7/7/2012 9:40:12 AM
JonWood007 posted...
6670 is still a bit weak for BF3. Don't get me wrong, you can run BF3 on it, but it's equivalent to the minimum requirement of an 8800 GT.


this. you want better performance in BF3? get a better gpu.
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#7DarkZV2BetaPosted 7/7/2012 9:45:27 AM
1440x900 is a pretty high res to be running something like BF3 on a 6670. Try 1280x800/low. Closer to console settings. At the very least, you should be getting ~30fps, like peasant console devices struggle with at 1280x720.
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