I recently upgraded to a R5 2600 from a FX-8350. Of course, this meant a new motherboard (MSI X470 gaming pro) and 16GB of DDR4 3000 MHZ. I kept my 8GB R9 390 GPU.
After a stressful motherboard transplant (I inverted the reset and power switch, so I thought I killed the motherboard during installation), I went into BIOS and set the RAM speed to 3000. Installed Windows 10 Education. Downloaded GPU drivers, version 18.9.3, Origin, and BF1.
I loaded the game up and went into graphics settings, and noticed it was set for Ultra settings, capped at 200 FPS. I chuckled and said out loud “Ha, we’ll see about that.” I didn’t expect great performance, just replacing the CPU and adding faster RAM.
So, I’ve played about 6-10 rounds since the upgrade and my FPS is pegged at 60FPS. It is by far much more smooth than 60FPS on my 8350, with no lag and frame drops in CQ gun battles. I play on a 60 hz monitor and at 1080p, but even on my old hardware, I would rarely drop much lower than 60. I usually capped my frames there, to keep the PC cooler and the gameplay smoother. Of course, I had most of the settings turned down and there would be stutter in intense CQ battles and maps areas with lots of explosive spam and particle effects.
I know Frostbite is CPU intensive, so I monitored CPU usage and it was 30-50%. My GPU rarely hit its top overclock speed of 1065mhz, usually hovering around 1015-1040 (stock). Battlefront II was maxing out the GPU speed. Temps are solid, considering I play in a warm room. I’ve checked the FPS via the console command and via Afterburner OSD.
Is this normal for my type of setup? It’s like I’ve locked the frames at 60, even though I haven’t. The game looks beautiful, and running very smoothly...like silky smooth.