Funny, there are also people with 3.8ghz OCed 920 i7's, 6gb of ram and a single 580 GTX running the nexus pretty smooth on preset 4.
$$$$ does not = quality. Yes, good parts can cost some cash, but the game is not unplayable, even at nexus. (Network/server lag is not the same as FPS lag, and they don't have anything to do with each other, *Yes the servers are lagging with the nexus*, but that's not the cause of the FPS dips)
In any case, people need to learn that Ghz and cores do not equate directly to performance.
For example, my wife was running an old 775 socket core2quad and a recently bought 580 GTX and was getting terrible FPS on Ktera. So I switched her out to a 920 i7 and OCed it to 4.0ghz and she runs the game on max settings, no slow downs at all.
The problem with your build is your AMD cpu isn't fast enough to handle all the load of the nexus. Even the best bulldozer CPUs get smoked in performance by intel 920s (over 3 years old now), 2500k, and 3570ks. Clock for clock the i7/i5 cpus are far superior to AMD's best clock for clock.
Also, your 6870 isn't even as fast as a 560ti (A very inexpensive card). Though I doubt that this is an issue as Tera is very light on the GPU requirements, it certainly isn't helping, especially if you're trying to push 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Just a quick comparison, a 2500k clocked at 3.3Ghz is about 40% faster than a 3.6ghz Bulldozer in gaming. And Bulldozer is slightly faster clock for clock than the Phenoms....
Some games you wouldn't really see any issues because the bottleneck would be on the GPU end, Crysis 2 with HD/DX11 packs, BF3, etc, the strain in on the GPU and there for you don't notice the poor performance of the AMD chips as much.
However, MMOs in General are notoriously CPU bound, and Tera is no exception.
To perfom on par with a 3.3ghz 2500k or 920 or 3570k Ivybridge, you'd need to have that phenom clocked somewhere between 5 and 6ghz.
Also note that most people able to play the Nexus at a decent FPS have their i5/i7 CPU OCed to ~4.0ghz, some even higher.
So if that's what it takes to run it well, you're looking at needing to clock that CPU at ~7ghz lol.
Btw I used to be a huge AMD fan... needless to say, I wouldn't go anywhere near their chips atm.
Edited by: Gallus
over 1 year ago
- Reason: FTW