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I was recently replaying Thief 1. It's an old dx6 game. Runs great in win7 32bit.

My GTX580 often switches from 2D to 3D clock speed while in Thief 1.

In game, zero stuttering. Perfectly smooth gameplay. I only realized gpu speed was changing after I exited the game and saw in Afterburner that my gpu clock speed was often switching from 405MHz (high 2D) to 3D, and back to high 2D again. It surprised me.

When gpu usage is very low, the card will downclock. This is normally not a problem at all. Stuttering is usually caused by the cpu/ram/motherboard or multi-gpu setup or poor game coding.
     
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PSUs do not lose power with age - they go bang and die. And 4 years old is still easily within the lifespan of a PSU.
Actually they do lose power with age due to parts wearing such as capacitors.
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OP, download EVGA Precision (I don't know of Afterburner can do it), go into the monitoring settings and tick the "GPU Usage" for in-game overlay. Then play your games, and give us screenshots of the usage of the GPU.
he already stated his GPU downclock to 405mhz when playing game which leaded to him thinking that is causing the stuttering, hence, the thread
Edited by poyyiee - 4/27/11 at 11:23am
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PSUs do not lose power with age - they go bang and die. And 4 years old is still easily within the lifespan of a PSU.
Really now? You're telling me that capacitors don't age over time, and lose the ability to produce the same amount of power?



A 4 year old 400w unit, is likely only putting out MAYBE 300w today, if he's lucky.
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he already stated his GPU downclock to 405mhz when playing game which leaded to him thinking that is causing the stuttering..
I know, but I want to know what percentage of the GPU he is actually using, if it's a negligible amount then that easily explains the downclocking, further proving the CPU/bandwidth bottleneck.

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Really now? You're telling me that capacitors don't age over time, and lose the ability to produce the same amount of power?



A 4 year old 400w unit, is likely only putting out MAYBE 300w today, if he's lucky.
IF it was even putting out 400 watts to start with. A big if.
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I know, but I want to know what percentage of the GPU he is actually using, if it's a negligible amount then that easily explains the downclocking, further proving the CPU/bandwidth bottleneck.

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IF it was even putting out 400 watts to start with. A big if.
Actually, the OCZ SX 400w isn't a BAD unit, it was actually one of the better 400w units in its day. I want to say it was 350-380w or so on the 12v, when new. Keeping in mind, its a 4 year old unit...so its obviously aged over time.
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IF it was even putting out 400 watts to start with. A big if.
Not a big if, it was.
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Actually they do lose power with age due to parts wearing such as capacitors.
Yes, electrolytic capacitors deteriorate with age - but that takes quite a while. Any quality capacitor will be fine under normal use within a 4 year lifespan. And there has been no proof from what I have seen that this does in fact lead to an overall loss in power output (one that would cause a graphics card to malfunction, in this case probably a loss of over 100W).
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Not a big if, it was.
No.. it wasn't. Even if it's capable of using both rails to the max (and multi rail PSUs are never set up that way) it would be capable of 372 watts on the 12v. It's more likely ~330-350 watts max combined load.
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