Ah, then you're not running at true max settings, you're just running at the pre-built config called max or whatever.
And are we talking STO or EVE? I'm talking about STO, not EVE. EVE requires much less.
If you choose advanced settings, then look at your anti-aliasing, I bet it's not maxed. And I bet a lot of other settings are not maxed on the max pre-set.
I will have to give it a go once I get off work. As I said I glanced over the advanced settings, which is how I changed the view distance, and everything seemed topped out. I bet I missed AA because it is a pull down with options rather than a slide bar like just about everything else.