I'm using nVidia GTS 450, a card in midrange of GPUs. It allows me to play Battlefield 2 at frame rate of almost 100 frames per second (with all graphic settings set to max).

However, I can play Counter-Strike Source at only 20 frames per second (map de_inferno for example).

Is Counter-Strike Source too bad at graphic optimisation?

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    The source engine has always been one of the most forgiving for me in terms of performance on bad hardware. Are your drivers up to date? Commented May 8, 2012 at 18:13
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    Check your render in Video options, make sure you're using "OpenGL" and not "Software."
    – Decency
    Commented May 8, 2012 at 18:26

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People complain a lot about this,with new high end graphic cards they would still get low framerates(not nearly low as 20 but still).

Open ingame console and write fps_max 100 it can go even higher but no point...This is in case your max FPS is limited.

Changing your .cfg file is another option, here you can find more details.

Other than that you could change your driver options or ingame options.

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    I very much doubt fps_max is the problem.
    – kotekzot
    Commented May 8, 2012 at 18:03
  • @kotekzot Would be good to hear from the OP if this actually solved his problem. Sometimes answers are accepted but disputed on good grounds.
    – Alex
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 9:36

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