Old games on newer hardware

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May 5, 2010 at 19:03:46
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 , 4 GB
I still enjoy playing the old Call of Duty: United Offensive game online from time to time. I usually cap my frame rate at 333, but it seems to drop down a lot, to around 140-180 depending on the amount of players, and the size of the map. On some maps, it even drops as low as 125. I've talked to other people that have much older hardware than me, and they seem to be able to hold a constant 250, which makes me think that I should be able to handle a little more than that considering my hardware is much better. I would have assumed this beast of a card would have been able to handle such frame rates steadily on such an old game, but maybe I'm just wishful thinking. Below are my specs:

Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.8 GHz
ATI HD 5870
4 GB Corsair XMS3 1333 CL7

I tried Left 4 Dead on max settings, and I get about 190-250 constant, which doesn't make sense to me. Shouldn't I be able to get better frame rates in older games, that require much less when it comes to hardware requirements?



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May 5, 2010 at 19:31:17
New video drivers usually aren't as well optimized to old games.

HTPC | Pentium M @ 2.82GHz | 4GB | 1.0TB | Radeon HD5750 | Blu-Ray | Win7 Pro | HDMI out to Onkyo TX-SR707

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May 5, 2010 at 21:33:59
If you can actually tell the difference between 120 FPS & 250 FPS just by looking at it, you have eyes that are super human.

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May 5, 2010 at 21:44:00
No one needs super human eyes to be able to tell you are jumping higher and farther.

The game mechanics change depending on certain frame rate levels: 125, 250, 333 FPS.

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May 5, 2010 at 23:33:21
I agree with jam & jack, left for dead is old but modern game so below 25 fps your eyes will notice difference. 30fps for old games isn't enough. Your frame rates is fine.

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May 6, 2010 at 01:10:01
The game mechanics change to your benefit depending on certain frame rate levels: 125, 250, 333 FPS. 333 being the best. If it didn't matter at all, I wouldn't bother asking. If you still can't wrap your mind around it, just assume it did.

Can you at least answer this question? Do older games not play well with newer hardware?

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May 6, 2010 at 02:12:42
I think jackbomb has already answer your question.

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