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Getting microstutters while playing games (Not using SLI, btw).

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I've recently built this computer and am experiencing weird stuttering while playing games.

At first, I thought it might've been Realtek's sound driver causing the problem so I disabled it. However, that did not fix the stuttering.

I've also reinstalled my GPU drivers, but that didn't fix it either.

What else could be the problem?
post #2 of 19
Do you have vsync enabled? Some games if you don't, since the monitor can't keep up with the fps you get something that is similar to micro stuttering
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What are the symptoms?
Are you sure its micro-stutter?

Are you get tearing or frames freezing?
Are you having high FPS or low FPS?
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A fraps video would help. What games specifically have you noticed the issue in? Are you overclocking at all? If so, do you get the same issues at stock (GPU)?

Also, is it stuttering? Or microstuttering? The two are vastly different.
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It could conceivably be a very fragmented or failing HDD, but that's unlikely as you said it's a new build.

I only made the HDD comment as I've seen people comment that it was their HDD itself and/or fragmentation and it went away.

I'd try several drivers, see what occurs as I've seen it disappear based on the driver I was using.

I had micro-stuttering in BF:BC2 but it only lasted 2-4 seconds immediately after a map loaded, then it was smooth as butter. I didn't experience it in anything else. I'm not raiding HDD's. I use my only SATA drive for Windows 7 and I use my very old IDE ATA 133 drive for storage.

Having said all of that, the extremely low amount of micro-stutter I got in BF:BC2 after the map loads went away when I switched to an MSI driver as my card was so new 266.58 won't recognize it, which makes sense as 270.61 even states it enables support for new 4**/5** series cards. MSI version was 1 month newer than 266.58 as well, appeared to be a slightly tweaked version of 266.58
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
Do you have vsync enabled? Some games if you don't, since the monitor can't keep up with the fps you get something that is similar to micro stuttering
I have V-Sync enabled in Assassin's Creed 2 and I've still noticed stuttering.

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What are the symptoms?
Are you sure its micro-stutter?

Are you get tearing or frames freezing?

Are you having high FPS or low FPS?
I'm not sure how to describe. My frame rate is always pretty high in the upper 90s. It would be butter smooth when I'm running, but every once in awhile, everything just freezes for a split second, then returns to normal. This would happen more often when I'm turning.

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A fraps video would help. What games specifically have you noticed the issue in? Are you overclocking at all? If so, do you get the same issues at stock (GPU)?

I've noticed it in games like Crysis, AC2, and Risen. Games I haven't noticed it on is Crysis 2, Starcraft II, and Warcraft III.

I haven't OCed the GPU myself, but the card I have does come factory OCed.

Also, is it stuttering? Or microstuttering? The two are vastly different.
I really have no idea what's the difference, but I've described it earlier in this post.

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Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado View Post
It could conceivably be a very fragmented or failing HDD, but that's unlikely as you said it's a new build.

I only made the HDD comment as I've seen people comment that it was their HDD itself and/or fragmentation and it went away.

I'd try several drivers, see what occurs as I've seen it disappear based on the driver I was using.

I had micro-stuttering in BF:BC2 but it only lasted 2-4 seconds immediately after a map loaded, then it was smooth as butter. I didn't experience it in anything else. I'm not raiding HDD's. I use my only SATA drive for Windows 7 and I use my very old IDE ATA 133 drive for storage.

Having said all of that, the extremely low amount of micro-stutter I got in BF:BC2 after the map loads went away when I switched to an MSI driver as my card was so new 266.58 won't recognize it, which makes sense as 270.61 even states it enables support for new 4**/5** series cards. MSI version was 1 month newer than 266.58 as well, appeared to be a slightly tweaked version of 266.58
I just got this HDD new. It's not very fragmented yet. Last I checked, it was still at 0%.

I haven't tried other drivers for my GPU yet as I wasn't sure if that was the problem.

I do noticed my GPU usage level spikes A LOT.

Do you guys think that's the problem?
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Are you using Afterburner's fan profiler? It's been known to cause this.
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post #8 of 19
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I do noticed my GPU usage level spikes A LOT.

Do you guys think that's the problem?
It's normal, it depends on the complexity of what's being rendered on the screen at that moment in time. Logically, if you have Vsync enabled and you're maintaining 60fps at that moment in time the GPU doesn't need to use more resources as you're already at Vsync cap so the GPU usage wouldn't need to go higher at that moment in time, this is also why you need to also test with Vsync off and on, meaning multiple tests.

Before we think about faulty hardware or anything else I'd try several different drivers.

2 good tests would be 266.58 and 270.61

This could be micro-stutter or simple freezing due to other things.
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Are you using Afterburner's fan profiler? It's been known to cause this.
Yup, I'll try it w/o the custom fan profile and see how it goes.

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Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado View Post
It's normal, it depends on the complexity of what's being rendered on the screen at that moment in time. Logically, if you have Vsync enabled and you're maintaining 60fps at that moment in time the GPU doesn't need to use more resources as you're already at Vsync cap so the GPU usage wouldn't need to go higher at that moment in time, this is also why you need to also test with Vsync off and on, meaning multiple tests.

Before we think about faulty hardware or anything else I'd try several different drivers.

2 good tests would be 266.58 and 270.61

This could be micro-stutter or simple freezing due to other things.
I'll give it V-Sync on and off a try, but I know Risen doesn't have a Vsync option, or at least I don't see one.

I'll give those GPU drivers a try and report back.
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I'll give those GPU drivers a try and report back.
In this thread when you asked me if I tried different drivers I said yes but it didn't fix it.

Actually to correct that.. since I ran Driver Sweeper and installed 266.58 driver I don't recall experiencing the micro stuttering really. I get a few spikes but I think it might be server lag. BFBC2 has been a little laggy here lately.. at least all of the complaining in game helps the idea.
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