BF3 fps with GTX580

MattyB

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Just wondering what fps people have when playing BF3 with the 580M. I checked out the Nvidia site for optimal settings and they say that I should have about 54fps with their settings for the GTX 580M on a 1920x1080. I seem to get between 23-31fps with those settings. I have no other programs running. I'm guessing they use a desktop for their tests but should that make that much of a difference for what I have? Seems a big difference to me. Any ideas?
 

Maelstrom

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With normal laptops you wouldn't want to OC them but AWs are designed to be OC'd. That's why there so huge; so that they can keep cool (relatively) when OCing. I've never gotten above 80C OCing my GPU and that's not even the limit that I would go to. Even if you just have it raised up for good airflow then you should be fine. The CPU OCs already (unless you've disabled it) so you should be fine there. You should just monitor your temps and get a feel for how hot it gets when you play. Then, when you know how hot it gets, you can just OC it when ever you want and not worry about monitoring the temps. Some games don't need the OC so you should only do it for games that you want more FPS anyway. And if you have a second monitor (even a crappy one) you can put all the temp monitoring applications over there so you don't have to switch between them all the time.
 

MattyB

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I would love to play around with it a bit. I may have to give it a go. I have been told my a tech expert I work with that I know just enough to be dangerous. Is there a way/program to set overclocks for certain games automatically which will then revert back to normal when you change? Rather than do it manually each time.
 

Maelstrom

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Well, generally the GPU goes back to standyby mode when you aren't gaming. Because Win7 only uses it for graphics intensive programs (not Aero, lol). So you could have it OC'd all the time and you shouldn't have to worry about it staying heated up (unless your running Vista). And if you aren't comfortable OCing all the way then you should just do it in increments until you get to a point that your comfortable with.
 

Maelstrom

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Yeah MSI Afterburner is great. On one of my laptops I managed to get a 230M from 500/1100/790 to 630/1400/1000 (core, shader, memory) and it was stable. That allowed me to play my favourite games at higher settings ie. Call of duty series - I could enable specular map :)

Aren't the core and shader supposed to be locked in a 1:2 ratio? They are on mine and I know you can unlock them but I thought it wouldn't really help at all.