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Specs of the 8400gs

My card

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I'm trying to play a game and I'm only getting 20~ fps with everything set on low. I know this isn't the best card for gaming, but it's all I have :/

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Thanks for editing my post Journeyman – Rufio Jan 22 '13 at 10:27
Also, I've never touched my card before. That's the main reason I'm wondering if I got it overclocked from the place I bought it. – Rufio Jan 22 '13 at 10:28
Are you sure the problem is the performance of the graphics card? – vonbrand Jan 22 '13 at 10:47
I have 8gb of memory and an i7 processor. I'm pretty sure it's this obsolete card. – Rufio Jan 22 '13 at 10:50
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The speeds that are given seem to be consistant with what EVGA lists on their website - I'm guessing the memory speed being 'half' since the ram's DDR/GDDR of some sort. If there's any overclocking in play, its a factory overclock, and that's the speed it was shipped from the factory. Non factory overclocks are controlled by software in most modern video cards anyway, so there's little chance of it being overclocked otherwise.

You should be able to check this (and do overclocking) by installing EVGA precision (or MSI afterburner, same application, different skins, and the latter works on non MSI video cards too). I'd note, while overclocking may be a slight improvement, its unlikely to be a major improvement - you're unlikely to get drastically better frame rates.

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Thanks for the answer Journey. I was wondering if you also knew a way to keep the card cool? I'm afraid to fry the card. I know this might be an idiotic question, but does placing a home fan close to the card a good idea? Edit: increasing 5-10fps would really help I think. I feel i'm on the verge of running the game smoothly. I get 30-50 most of the time but it drops to 15-20 in heavy maps. – Rufio Jan 22 '13 at 10:45
The 8XXX series in my experience dosen't react too well to heat - they may have a flaw in their contruction that often results in them failing prematurely. I've had both the ones I have owned over the years fail interestingly (One suddenly stopped working. The other had some graphical corruption before it dropped dead). Opening the side of the case and putting a box fan should work, though I recommend very careful tuning of the system even with that. I'd probably try the onboard processor on the core i7 first before trying OCing that old thing. – Journeyman Geek Jan 22 '13 at 10:51
Try the onboard processor on the core i7? Can you explain me what does this do? (I'm not really familiar with computer hardware much). Thank you. – Rufio Jan 22 '13 at 10:55
If you have one of the newer core i7 processors, they may have an onboard video adaptor. These arn't great, but on a sandy bridge or ivy bridge processor they're probably good enough for very basic gaming. Its worth a try. – Journeyman Geek Jan 22 '13 at 10:58
Wow I was not aware of this. Thank you for letting me know! It's an Intel Core i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz on a Asus motherboard. Is there any easy way to verify if it has an onboard video adaptor? – Rufio Jan 22 '13 at 11:03

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