Originally posted by beedubaya
I don't understand why ANYBODY would get an ATI X8xx series card (even though I was a dumb stupid noob and did). You know that card you just bought won't support the new HDR feature in HL2? If I were you, I would return it and get an Nvidia card.
About your problem, HL2 is a CPU-intensive game, so you will notice yourself getting much higher frames if you upgrade your CPU, preferrably to an AMD 64.
wow, what a nvidia fanboy. Umm, yea thanks for your help in solving this guys problem you retard. That card will get frickin way higher fps than that and will own any stupid nvidia card out there, so why don't you just stfu then.
AT poster, do you have the latest catalyst drivers? These would be version 5.4. I would recommend you get the ones with the catalyst control center. Also make sure you have microsoft .NET framework 2.0 beta.
Then run the catalyst control center. I could give you a few example settings and see how that does performance wise.
put AA on 6X
AF on 6X
mipmap textures on high quality
catalyst AI on Advanced
Truform on application preference
vertical refresh on Always Off
then in the API Specific settings try these:
Enable Geometry Instancing - Check
Support DXT texture formats - Check
Alternate Pixel Center - Not checked
Triple Buffering - Not checked
Force 24-bit Z-buffer depth - Not checked
Lastly, Enable all VPU recover options and enable catalyst Overdrive
And bear with me here because I am not familiar with counter-strike but any vsync and fps caps make sure all of those are disabled. Also if there is an option for compressing lightmaps make sure that is disabled.
And I'm not sure if you can do this on counter-strike but on the game I play I am able to set the cache size (though I do have to go into the .ini file to do this). I would set that to 128MB for best performance.
Also try reading this half life 2 optimization guide:
Oh and btw, I just looked at some benchmarks, for maxed out settings those are normal fps. I don't know what you're expecting but those are a lot higher than if you had a nvidia card.