GTS 250 and Sims 3
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Hi all,

I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?

My PC specs:

AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+
4 GB of RAM
Win XP Pro

I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.
Hi all,



I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?



My PC specs:



AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+

4 GB of RAM

Win XP Pro



I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.

#1
Posted 11/27/2010 11:11 AM   
Hi all,

I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?

My PC specs:

AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+
4 GB of RAM
Win XP Pro

I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.
Hi all,



I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?



My PC specs:



AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+

4 GB of RAM

Win XP Pro



I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.

#2
Posted 11/27/2010 11:11 AM   
Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />

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I'm a ninja. Not a pirate.

#3
Posted 11/27/2010 08:06 PM   
Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />

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In Memory of Chris "ChrisRay" Arthington, 1982-2010
I'm a ninja. Not a pirate.

#4
Posted 11/27/2010 08:06 PM   
[quote name='Annuta' date='27 November 2010 - 06:11 AM' timestamp='1290856277' post='1152195']
Hi all,

I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?

My PC specs:

AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+
4 GB of RAM
Win XP Pro

I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.
[/quote]


70-130 FPS with Sims 3 on max @ 1680 X 1050 with 2 250 GTS's in SLi.
[quote name='Annuta' date='27 November 2010 - 06:11 AM' timestamp='1290856277' post='1152195']

Hi all,



I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?



My PC specs:



AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+

4 GB of RAM

Win XP Pro



I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.







70-130 FPS with Sims 3 on max @ 1680 X 1050 with 2 250 GTS's in SLi.

Home-Built DesktopImage
XFX 850W Black Edition PSU


Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV10xCPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 2410M RAM: 6GB DDR3 1333Mhz ram GPU: nVidia GT 540M 1GB GDDR3 Dedicated HDD: Toshiba 640GB 5400RPM 16MB cache SaTa 3.0GB/s Windows: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

#5
Posted 11/27/2010 10:21 PM   
[quote name='Annuta' date='27 November 2010 - 06:11 AM' timestamp='1290856277' post='1152195']
Hi all,

I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?

My PC specs:

AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+
4 GB of RAM
Win XP Pro

I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.
[/quote]


70-130 FPS with Sims 3 on max @ 1680 X 1050 with 2 250 GTS's in SLi.
[quote name='Annuta' date='27 November 2010 - 06:11 AM' timestamp='1290856277' post='1152195']

Hi all,



I just upgraded to a GTS 250 1Gb. I am consistently getting 15-25 fps when playing Sims 3, depending on what I'm doing in game. My settings are all set on high. I expected that this card would fair much better; is this expected performance for GTS 250 and Sims 3? If anyone uses this card to play Sims 3, what fps do you get?



My PC specs:



AMD Athlon 64 (AM2) x2 4600+

4 GB of RAM

Win XP Pro



I upgraded from GeForce 7950GT 512MB, and I don't see only a slight improvement in performance, which is disappointing.







70-130 FPS with Sims 3 on max @ 1680 X 1050 with 2 250 GTS's in SLi.

Home-Built DesktopImage
XFX 850W Black Edition PSU


Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV10xCPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 2410M RAM: 6GB DDR3 1333Mhz ram GPU: nVidia GT 540M 1GB GDDR3 Dedicated HDD: Toshiba 640GB 5400RPM 16MB cache SaTa 3.0GB/s Windows: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

#6
Posted 11/27/2010 10:21 PM   
[quote name='RuffeDK' date='27 November 2010 - 12:06 PM' timestamp='1290888372' post='1152339']
Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
[/quote]

Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?
[quote name='RuffeDK' date='27 November 2010 - 12:06 PM' timestamp='1290888372' post='1152339']

Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />





Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?

#7
Posted 11/28/2010 01:43 AM   
[quote name='RuffeDK' date='27 November 2010 - 12:06 PM' timestamp='1290888372' post='1152339']
Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
[/quote]

Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?
[quote name='RuffeDK' date='27 November 2010 - 12:06 PM' timestamp='1290888372' post='1152339']

Sims 3 is heavily based on your CPU. If you can overclock it to 3 GHz you might see a huge change in fps /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />





Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?

#8
Posted 11/28/2010 01:43 AM   
[quote name='Annuta' date='28 November 2010 - 02:43 AM' timestamp='1290908610' post='1152444']
Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?
[/quote]
As long as you have the Athlon 64 X2, any GPU upgrade will be bottlenecked by your CPU. If however, you're looking to spend some money in platform upgrades, I can strongly recommend Phenom II, since they are more likely meant for gaming and heavy multitasking.
[quote name='Annuta' date='28 November 2010 - 02:43 AM' timestamp='1290908610' post='1152444']

Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?



As long as you have the Athlon 64 X2, any GPU upgrade will be bottlenecked by your CPU. If however, you're looking to spend some money in platform upgrades, I can strongly recommend Phenom II, since they are more likely meant for gaming and heavy multitasking.

Image
In Memory of Chris "ChrisRay" Arthington, 1982-2010
I'm a ninja. Not a pirate.

#9
Posted 11/28/2010 01:12 PM   
[quote name='Annuta' date='28 November 2010 - 02:43 AM' timestamp='1290908610' post='1152444']
Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?
[/quote]
As long as you have the Athlon 64 X2, any GPU upgrade will be bottlenecked by your CPU. If however, you're looking to spend some money in platform upgrades, I can strongly recommend Phenom II, since they are more likely meant for gaming and heavy multitasking.
[quote name='Annuta' date='28 November 2010 - 02:43 AM' timestamp='1290908610' post='1152444']

Thank you for the tip. I've never overclocked before, but I'll look into it. Given what you said, any further improvements in video cards will not help due to my CPU being the limiting factor?



As long as you have the Athlon 64 X2, any GPU upgrade will be bottlenecked by your CPU. If however, you're looking to spend some money in platform upgrades, I can strongly recommend Phenom II, since they are more likely meant for gaming and heavy multitasking.

Image
In Memory of Chris "ChrisRay" Arthington, 1982-2010
I'm a ninja. Not a pirate.

#10
Posted 11/28/2010 01:12 PM   
IF you can scrape up the coin, the new 1090T processor is plenty powerful for Sims3 and another CPU weighted games. Parking one of them on a 890 based board is very powerful.
IF you can scrape up the coin, the new 1090T processor is plenty powerful for Sims3 and another CPU weighted games. Parking one of them on a 890 based board is very powerful.

#11
Posted 11/28/2010 03:21 PM   
IF you can scrape up the coin, the new 1090T processor is plenty powerful for Sims3 and another CPU weighted games. Parking one of them on a 890 based board is very powerful.
IF you can scrape up the coin, the new 1090T processor is plenty powerful for Sims3 and another CPU weighted games. Parking one of them on a 890 based board is very powerful.

#12
Posted 11/28/2010 03:21 PM   
Hmm. If he want to stick with Nvidia in the future (SLI, PhysX, ect), it's very important that his motherboard is compatible.

Asus and MSI has some nForce 980a SLI with AM3 support. Great boards, so far. Or AM3 boards based on Lycid Hydra.
Hmm. If he want to stick with Nvidia in the future (SLI, PhysX, ect), it's very important that his motherboard is compatible.



Asus and MSI has some nForce 980a SLI with AM3 support. Great boards, so far. Or AM3 boards based on Lycid Hydra.

Image
In Memory of Chris "ChrisRay" Arthington, 1982-2010
I'm a ninja. Not a pirate.

#13
Posted 11/28/2010 04:08 PM   
Hmm. If he want to stick with Nvidia in the future (SLI, PhysX, ect), it's very important that his motherboard is compatible.

Asus and MSI has some nForce 980a SLI with AM3 support. Great boards, so far. Or AM3 boards based on Lycid Hydra.
Hmm. If he want to stick with Nvidia in the future (SLI, PhysX, ect), it's very important that his motherboard is compatible.



Asus and MSI has some nForce 980a SLI with AM3 support. Great boards, so far. Or AM3 boards based on Lycid Hydra.

Image
In Memory of Chris "ChrisRay" Arthington, 1982-2010
I'm a ninja. Not a pirate.

#14
Posted 11/28/2010 04:08 PM   
Hi all,

Thank you very much for the suggestions. Interestingly, the other game I play, World of Warcraft, runs perfectly ever since I upgraded my card to GTS 250. I thought that Sims 3 would run just as well, if not better.

RuffeDK, my motherboard is ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition. Would the CPU that you suggested work with it?


I appreciate your help!
Anna
Hi all,



Thank you very much for the suggestions. Interestingly, the other game I play, World of Warcraft, runs perfectly ever since I upgraded my card to GTS 250. I thought that Sims 3 would run just as well, if not better.



RuffeDK, my motherboard is ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition. Would the CPU that you suggested work with it?





I appreciate your help!

Anna

#15
Posted 11/28/2010 04:22 PM   
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