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I don't know why my game keeps dropping to below 10 fps everytime I do anything that isn't in the menu.
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I have really been wanting to get ARMA 3 for a while, but just yesterday I got the game, thinking, "Wow! I finally got it! I'm going to have so much fun!" But little did I know, that the game was going to utterly crap out on me every time I either join a server, play a single player mission, or join friends. My FPS hits below 10, it's ridiculous, I have WAAAAAY more than what the requirements ask for, but I still can't get past the number 10. In the menu I hit almost 500 fps. I would like to know, why your game has been shitting in my face after I spent $60 on the damn thing, after all the tweaking and optimizing I did, overclocking both my GPU and my GTX 970. Please I just want to have fun with this game.


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Have the following:

  1. AMD FX8320 8-core Processor
  2. Nvidia GTX 970
  3. 16 GB of RAM
  4. Windows 10
  5. and 500 gb SSD

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Narutoght set Category to Game Settings.
Narutoght set Reproducibility to Always.
Narutoght set Severity to None.
Narutoght set Resolution to Open.
Narutoght set Legacy ID to 108693182.May 8 2016, 12:50 PM

Hmm didn't realise game was still $60 on a 50% sale

In the Arma 3 Launcher, try the following:

  • Click on "Parameters"
  • Select "Advanced" tab
  • Click "Advanced" category
  • Check "CPU Count" option and set it to "8"
  • Check "MaxMem" and set it to something around 4000.
  • Start the game (without mods of course).

The idea is that maybe auto-detect doesn't work and the 8 cores are not all in use.

Furthermore, open up your graphics card utility, any software monitoring your graphics card will do. Check the graphics card GPU clock if it is actually running at high performance (1000+ MHz) or if it is constantly in energy saving mode (300 MHz).

The idea is that sometimes the driver does not work optimally and doesn't set the graphics card to high performance. Modern graphics cards almost always go down to saving power when in 2D mode (desktop or little load). I've had a case where the GPU wouldn't fire up when a game was started. Try updating all relevant drivers and see if the problem persists.