Mass Effect, strangely slow...?

January 12, 2010 at 12:51:47
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon x2 5200+ / 2GB Kingston DDR2-800
Ok, so I just got my new video card, a Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM and a nice Vapor-X cooling system.

I've started trying out all the games on which I couldn't get decent FPS before...I tried out CoD: MW2 with all its settings maxed and it ran beautifully throughout the entire the game...I also played TF2 and L4D2 and they both ran very nicely. The first game on which I come across with slowdown issues was Mass Effect, It became unplayable at 1280x1024 with High Texture Quality.

Maybe I think my gfx card is hotter than what it actually is, but 10-20 fps on menu screens is a bit excessive, no?

Is it the rest of my hardware? Maybe 2GB RAM is too little...? Or my CPU?
Could it result from OS-related compatibility issues? Something to do with the Catalyst Control Center? Or is it the game itself which is very demanding?

Best Regards,
-Deimos

EDIT: My PSU was also upgraded, I have a Corsair TX650W, 650 Watts.

AMD ATHLON X2 5200+ 2.6GHz
ASUS GeForce 8600GTS
ASUS M2N-E SLI MB
2xKingston 1GB DDR2 800


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#1
January 12, 2010 at 20:43:17
It's not the game is very demanding. But it could be it has issues with catalyst<i remember getting low fps in rainbow six vegas cpu=e8500 ram=2gb card=9800gt 1gb> try to download latest patch may be it will fix the problem. With your system u can run any game in high settings<some games max settings>.

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#2
January 13, 2010 at 04:42:19
Try installing the driver only without the Catalyst Control Center.

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#3
January 13, 2010 at 08:55:28
Jam
installing driver without catalyst is done thru device manager?

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#4
January 15, 2010 at 11:07:07
mass effect is a very demanding game like kuwese said
but i 'd advice a patch download or turning down some quality settings

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#5
January 18, 2010 at 18:06:45
let me know if you get this resolved. i'm having very similar
issues on a 4650. i compared benches online and the 9500gt i
was previously sporting was supposed to be moderately slower
so i'd bet this is code issue. sad :(

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#6
February 8, 2010 at 04:08:26
PC MINIMUM System Requirements
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OS = Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 / Windows 7
Processor = 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
Memory = 1 GB RAM for Windows XP / 2 GB RAM for Windows Vista and Windows 7
Hard Drive = 15 GB
DVD ROM = 1x Speed
Sound Card = DirectX 9.0c compatible
Direct X = DirectX 9.0c August 2008 (included)
Input = Keyboard / Mouse
Video Card = 256 MB (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support). Supported Chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or greater; ATI Radeon X1600 Pro or greater. Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 7300, 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, and 9300; ATI Radeon HD3200, and HD4350 are below minimum system requirements. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required. Intel and S3 video cards are not officially supported in Mass Effect 2.

PC RECOMMENDED System Requirements
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Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 / Windows 7
2.6+ GHz Cure 2 Duo Intel or equivalent AMD CPU
2 GB RAM
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, or better recommended
100% DirectX compatible sound card and drivers
DirectX August 2008


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#7
February 10, 2010 at 03:54:13
Minimum System Requirements for Mass Effect 2 on the PC

Operating System:
Windows XP or Vista

Processor:
2.4+GHZ Intel or 2.0+GHZ AMD

Memory:
1 Gigabyte Ram (XP)
2 Gigabyte Ram (Vista)

Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 6 series(6800GT or better)
ATI 1300XT or better (X1550, X1600 Pro and HD2400 are below minimum system requirements)

Hard Drive Space:
12 Gigabytes

Sound Card:
DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
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Recommended System Requirements for Mass Effect 2 on the PC

Operating System:
Windows XP or Vista

Processor:
2.6+GHZ Intel or 2.4+GHZ AMD

Memory:
2 Gigabyte Ram

Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or higher.
ATI X1800 XL series or higher

Hard Drive Space:
12 Gigabytes

Sound Card:
DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers – 5.1 sound card recommended


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