Quote: Originally Posted by damoh
Right looking over your specs, i see nothing that would prevent you from getting above 100 fps. Remember when evaluating CSS that its 6 years old and when it was released we were entering the P4 age, which was not 2.2 ghz. I dont think that the HDD is even an issue. However i know im goner welcome people flaming me for saying its not your CPU. Like i say remember its a 6 year old game, not bioshock. So this leaves us with other things. have you got a custom config? One of those FPS Configs? Such as bens or similar? Do you play the same server all the time or change to random publics? Have you checked your FPS on all servers you go on? Let me know the answers to that and i might be able to suggest other things. Dont blame hardware too easily for failing to get above 50 fps. I run Windows 7 64 with a 8800gts 512 card and get 190fps on average.
However ill check around, im not saying its NOT hardware, but those specs seem more then able to run css. One more thing, when u changed cards, did you properly uninstall the nvidia stuff before installing the ATI? Or did you clean install?
In quick answers to your questions, its just plain CSS and none of those modifiers that are optional. I usually play on two to three servers and all report roughly about the same thing (the servers reside in UK and the US) - i leave the "show fps" thing on to see. What I have done since i posted was to clear all the drivers properly (using a driver sweeper) as I realised that some was not properly uninstalled. I have also updated the mobo bios, reinstalled the 4870 bios and reinstalled the 4870 drivers.
On the CSS stress test now, i get 90fps over 70fps in i forgot to mention btw (*havent played enough to see if its an improvement of 50fps in real time server games) - still shy of what i really want though.
Stress test gives 70-75fps
Real time gameplay gives 50fps
Stress test gives 90fps
Dunnot about real times yet
EDIT: no real significant improvement in servers after playing around for a bit (it still likes to drop in the 30-40 or lower zone when there is 5-7 players on the screen shooting in a deathmap server) and it seems that the stress test reports back to 78 fps once again after that.
EDIT2: if it helps, the drivers used in the Razer Barracuda are meant for XP - Razer still aint finished with the Windows 7 Drivers for this sound card.