Like Catapult I was considering a new video card after rf2 version 134 was released. With it I got my first taste of micro-stuttering (minor pauses) and some tearing. Some people told me I needed a new card (one person even recommended 3, lol) but again, first build I've had these issues with and I've not upped my settings. So I did some test and I want to know if I'm correct in my thinking because I'm honestly just guessing and would like to understand things better.
I monitored the CPU and memory usage as well as the GPU and memory usage. (Afterburner/Task Manager)
Here's what I got:
CPU 25% usage (I have an i7 2600k)
System memory usage 35% (I've got 8gb)
GPU 35-45% load avg. 50% max (It's a 6950 2gb card, 840mhz)
GPU memory usage 483mb (out of 2 gb)
Having never oc'd the card I decided to take it up to the max allowed in CCC. Zero difference in performance so I felt the additional heat was unwarranted. Without overclocking my card runs between 45 and 55 c.
To me, the numbers suggest that the stuttering and tearing is not because I'm underpowered and overtaxing my system.?? (I know I'm underpowered as far as being able to max everything as that has always been evident by lower fps, but that's not what I'm talking about here, I have adjusted those settings accordingly (shadows, AA etc.)
At first I kept reading people suggest that everyone needs a new card, which I am more than happy to do, however, many threads at ISI suggest even those with the newer GTX680's and multiple GPU's have encountered these issues (stuttering/tearing) which has given me reason to pause.
I was able to resolve the tearing by using VSYNC:Video. No other setting would resolve it, but the stuttering remains. I find myself believing it's the game (it is unfinished after all) or the drivers or something else causing these issues and I've hesitated to desert my GPU so quickly.