Hey Y'all! I just want to start with I love the community here, I've read lots and watched lots without ever posting myself. But alas, I've stumbled upon an issue I can't quite figure out how to solve.
So, I build and sell PCs for money on the side. Whether it's for a friend or just any ole random person, I try to make a decent PC for the money. My most recent idea was an athlon x4 750k based gaming computer. I know the athlon isn't the best 'gaming' cpu, but having seen the reviews, benchmarks and videos, I went ahead with it. Seeing as I mostly play BF3/4 I saw no reason to go with this as the frostbite engine is mostly GPU intensive (And BF4 is supposed to have special AMD gpu utilization or w/e) Now, since I spent nearly nothing on the mobo/cpu (I did the same setup that Logan suggested in one of his recent kill your console vids), I was able to budget A LOT more towards the gpu. So I went ahead and purchased the 'new' gigabyte r9 280x. This thing screams. On BF3 (64 player) at preset ultra at 1080p, I'm normally getting 60 fps stable with vsync on, 60-100 with vsync off). So that's great. But for whatever reason, I decided I wanted to install MSI Afterburner to monitor temps. Well the temps are very very cool; never passing 65, which is again nice. The problem is, for whatever reason, ever since I've installed MSI afterburner, the GPU REFUSES to go past 25-30% usage. As you can imagine this means I'm now getting max 30fps. So I've read everywhere, I've tried almost anything (with what little time I've got). I've read left and right that people with similar builds (using a 7970, not r9 280x) are having the same problem. Most people immediately say "CPU [email protected]#@[email protected]#" but I can assure you, this isn't the case. I don't understand how it COULD be the case considering the computer was running stable for two days until I installed afterburner.
Before continuing I should give you a list of my specs and drivers.
CPU-Athlon x4 [email protected]
GPU-Gigabyte R9 280x @ 1050mhz 3gb gddr5
MOBO-MSI a75m fm2 (whatever Logan recommended)
CPU Cooler-Hyper 212 EVO with antec formula 5 paste (runs cool as can be)
PSU- Rosewill HIve 600w (80+Bronze on one solid 12v rail)
SSD-Kingston HyperX 3k 120gb
HDD-WD Blue 1tb
RAM-Gskill Ares 1600mhz 8-8-8-28
Case-Fractal Define Mini
GPU Driver-The most recent (and apparently only R9) beta driver.
So this is the part where I tell you what I've done to attempt to fix this issue.
I've reinstalled all the drivers. I mean ALL, mobo, cpu, peripherals, gpu, you name it. (although I've not yet gotten an older driver because I'm not sure if they work with the r9 even though it's just a 7970)
I uninstalled MSI Afterburner/Reinstalled it
I've flashed the bios.(mobo)
I've OC'd the CPU
I've underclocked the CPU
I've reinstalled my games.
I've lowered the detail to see if this issue will fix but for WHATEVER REASON IT STAYS AT 35FPS. I read online that people say if you lower the detail and resolution and still get seriously low gpu usage, then it's your cpu holding you back. So I went ahead and did 720p at low settings. The gpu usage maxed at 15% and the Fps stayed at 35ish. BUT, during this whole ordeal the cpu usage was only at like 60%. I should mention that at ultra, 1080p, the cpu is at about 85% usage. I understand that's on the high side, but wouldn't it be 100% if it was pure CPU bottlenecking?
I've tried a few other things which I can't recall right now. I'm currently on campus between classes and had to ask y'all for help because this issue has been plaguing me for a few days now. I just don't believe the cpu could be the problem considering it worked 100% fine before all this. Also, I've seen builds online where people use this same build but with say an HD7850 and it works perfectly. Do you think this could be driver problems? After all I am using beta drivers because they're the only given ones on Radeon's site which suppport the r9 line. Any help would be much appreciated.
P.S. I should mention that the only other game I've played on the rig was DOTA 2. DOTA Maxed out at 1080p was getting 80fps, but again the gpu usage never really went above 40%. I know that's an easier title so perhaps the GPU see's no need to go higher? When I get home I'll try to fire up Bioshock Infinite and Metro 2033 to see if they get the GPU running aswell.