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It downclocked itself from 920Mhz to 405Mhz..

It was not on full load, and not overheating..
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Well how hot was it exactly? FSX eats GPUs for dinner. (Well hehe, when I had a 6800GT anyway...)

Otherwise, possibly consider a driver update/reinstall?
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post #3 of 19
405mhz is the 2D clock.
It could be that something is running in the back ground forcing it to run at 2D, or some drivers issue.
Try to reinstall the latest drivers.
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I already re-installed it..
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When your GTS450 is not under heavy loading, it will downclock to 'save energy'. Now, FSX is a CPU hungry game and relies less on GPU power. But I am not sure if this fact will trigger your card going into 2D mode (ie downclocking). But, except having a lower clock, do you suffer from any other effects, eg lower framerate?

While I am not sure of the cause, I suggest this 'fix':-
Nvidia Control Panel-> 3D Settings->Manage 3D Settings->find FSX under Program Settings->Power Management Mode ->set to Prefer Maximum Performance

This should keep the card from downclocking when you are running FSX.
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When your GTS450 is not under heavy loading, it will downclock to 'save energy'. Now, FSX is a CPU hungry game and relies less on GPU power. But I am not sure if this fact will trigger your card going into 2D mode (ie downclocking). But, except having a lower clock, do you suffer from any other effects, eg lower framerate?

While I am not sure of the cause, I suggest this 'fix':-
Nvidia Control Panel-> 3D Settings->Manage 3D Settings->find FSX under Program Settings->Power Management Mode ->set to Prefer Maximum Performance

This should keep the card from downclocking when you are running FSX.
Agreed.
You could also force 3d clocks always using Afterburner. Just select the same clocks for 2D and for 3D.
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Agreed.
You could also force 3d clocks always using Afterburner. Just select the same clocks for 2D and for 3D.
I am wondering if OP is complaining because he is getting low framerate?

Frankly, I do not think the CPU-hungry FSX game will use the GPU to such a low degree that triggers the downclocking, under normal circumstances....unless there is a problem, say, with the driver.

As downclocking is the result of low GPU usage (instead of the other way around), forcing the clock staying at 3D would not solve the fundamental 'problem' (ie low GPU usage).

OP said the GPU usage is not full. I just wonder how low it is.
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When your GTS450 is not under heavy loading, it will downclock to 'save energy'. Now, FSX is a CPU hungry game and relies less on GPU power. But I am not sure if this fact will trigger your card going into 2D mode (ie downclocking). But, except having a lower clock, do you suffer from any other effects, eg lower framerate?

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Nvidia Control Panel-> 3D Settings->Manage 3D Settings->find FSX under Program Settings->Power Management Mode ->set to Prefer Maximum Performance

This should keep the card from downclocking when you are running FSX.
It crashes..

I will try to play FSX abit later and report back here..
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I am wondering if OP is complaining because he is getting low framerate?

Frankly, I do not think the CPU-hungry FSX game will use the GPU to such a low degree that triggers the downclocking, under normal circumstances....unless there is a problem, say, with the driver.

As downclocking is the result of low GPU usage (instead of the other way around), forcing the clock staying at 3D would not solve the fundamental 'problem' (ie low GPU usage).

OP said the GPU usage is not full. I just wonder how low it is.
It jumps all over the place well kinda..

But average would be around 60% or 70%.

I think..
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