The cpu is fine, i have the same one(oc'ed to 3.4ghz though) and I can run the game on high without any noticeable slowdowns, and perfectly fine on medium, the install may be bad, check if you have any background programs running, and latest video drivers, your computer may also be running hot and downclocking itself.
Frame rates should probably be higher with that graphics card at medium presuming 1920x1080 resolution, CPU is not too bad even though it is kind of low clocked for AMD. I had an Athlon II x3 3.2Ghz which is very similar and the results were better with the same graphics card too. maybe there is a problem somewhere
You're definitely overestimating SC2 requirements O.o I run it on low with a 1.7Ghz core 2 duo (laptop CPU) and while I get some slowdowns lategame, the game is easily playable for most of the game. Even in lategame it's still playable pretty easily, I've never felt that it was bad. The FX-8150 at Ultra settings (3.6ghz clock) gets 47 FPS. If a Phenom II is even comparable to FX, (which it should be), a slightly lower clocked Phenom II definitely doesn't need to be set on low to be playable.
Numbers come from Anandtech bench. I couldn't find a phenom II benched with SC2, but I think the FX is known to be relatively equivalent to the Phenom II. Even if the Phenom II was 50% slower than FX (it isn't), you would have 25 FPS on ultra settings, definitely not in need of low.
Edit: And I definitely don't get zero FPS during large fights on my comp. I might have slow downs, but micro is definitely possible, which means there's some other issue with your computer. I'm not smart enough to find that (sorry), but you don't NEED to buy new hardware (although you certainly could).
I think I've fixed the issue for the most part. The issue was, you cannot use the AMD Overdrive feature. Overclocking anything makes it have way less FPS. Not sure why but, when I turn it off there is definitely a difference when it is off and on.
FPS with AMD Overdrive = 25 FPS without AMD Overdrive = 45+
My FPS obviously still drops to like 15 during big battles because of the CPU but it's definitely better.
Alryk United States. June 10 2012 02:50. Posts 2408