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Hi guys, I've noticed a very interesting problem with my system and I am unable to pinpoint the problem at all.

Please note that I have tried this on different drivers, different power supplies, overclocks, gpu's, ssd boot drives etc etc. I've also completely removed my overclocks and the same thing still happens.

During gameplay, when a new file is accessed for the first time and hasn't been buffered by the game engine, the game will stutter for a 1/10th of a second (loop the sound for that duration), and then everything will run perfectly again (unless something else new gets called on). This doesn't happen every single time, but I'll lay out some examples of where I've noticed it semi-regularly.

League of Legends - playing around fine for a while, then sometimes as soon as I get a champion kill and the voice over .wav gets called upon the game will stutter for a split second, then say, You Have Slain and Enemy. Sometimes happens for the first time someone uses an ultimate attack, or a turret gets destroyed.

Portal 2 - on the single player campaign, every time GLADOS or whatever spoke over the PA system after an elevator ride, the game would again stutter for a split second then would continue normally.

L4D/Witcher 2 - again similar things, usually when spawning as an infected, or a new monster sound is loaded in a sword fight.

Currently, using my sig rig in its current spec. Using a 2TB 64MB SATA II FASS WD Black Caviar Drive on the ICH10R chipset for all my steam games. I have over 720GB of steam games installed. My SSD is a boot drive, have that on the SATA III Marvell controller. Latest drivers as well there.

Tweaks I have made to system. Both controllers in ACHI mode running really well. Superfetch off, Prefetch off, No Page file, Indexing off, Windows Defrag off, Error reporting off, Under hdd's device managers I have both Enable Write Cashing and Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on (no quick removal). I've also made these registry tweaks http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?47212-Vista-32-64-SSD-Windows-Registry-tweaks

Have all the latest drivers and firmware installed. Happened exactly the same even after a complete system wipe and re-install.

I'm thinking perhaps it could be down to me using Auslogics' 'optimize' feature and the data getting shuffled around towards the front of the drive as this is definitely something that I has not been happening forever. Also, do you think having 720GB of games installed be giving the system too many files to shift trough quick enough for me not to notice that jump in game? confused.gif

Very confused indeed.

If anyone has an ideas I would be grateful.
post #2 of 33
I think you are experiencing "micro stutter" which is common in multi gpu setups andyour 590 is a dual gpu card.
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i have this issue too! for example, i would get random stutters in portal 2, and sometimes in battlefield 2; this was a problem on my old system(socket 775) as well as the new system in my sig, which i built a day ago. it doesn't bother me too much though because the stutters are so far in between that i am not the least bit annoyed.

but sorry i don't have an answer as to why :/

at least you know its not a super unique symptom
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That is one thing I can't test against. My last setup was a 5970 and a 4870x2 before again. I dont think it is though as ive had dual GPU setups since the 8800GT and it's only been happening recently. Literally only happens (SOMETIMES) when a new unbuffered game file is being accessed (happening enough for me to notice).

I've experienced microstutter before when I've benchmarked a quad gpu system. It's more like FPS lag even though you're pushing out > 60fps.

I have uploaded a picture of my systems configurations to perhaps try and get to the bottom of this.

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post #5 of 33
I would try turning the "page file" back on!

And if that don't help! I'd do a fresh install of Windows on a spare HDD, and test without all the "Tweaks"!
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Originally Posted by ACHILEE5;13925622 
I would try turning the "page file" back on!

And if that don't help! I'd do a fresh install of Windows on a spare HDD, and test without all the "Tweaks"!

I've tested the system with and without page file. Same problems still occur frown.gif
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Originally Posted by ReignsOfPower;13925709 
I've tested the system with and without page file. Same problems still occur frown.gif

Then I'd do a fresh install "on a spare HDD"! And test a game with just the bare OS and drivers smile.gif
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Are you running the Vertex3 off of the Marvell controller? I had the same experience when I tried to use the SATA3 ports with an x58 chipset mobo. When I switched the Vertex3 to the SATA2 Intel controller all the stuttering went away. Not really much differance at all in performance either. Only when you benchmark.
Edited by ski-bum - 6/19/11 at 3:52am
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I was experiencing the same problems on my Vertex 2 when I had it on the ICH10R instead of the Marvell controller. No differences when running on the Marvell controller of which I've had no problems with as yet.

I've pulled the Vertex 2 out again and put Windows and drivers on fresh. Same problems are occurring. This might be one of those things that I'll have to live with. It's not THAT annoying, but in Portal 2 it really was...and I have major OCD with stuff like this frown.gif

Unless anyone else has some ideas or insight maybe I'll try a new HD firmware ? Ive not been able to find anything for the WD drives.

Thanks for the help so far guys, any ideas might lead to a solution smile.gif
Edited by ReignsOfPower - 6/19/11 at 4:49am
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Can you post the Hard Drive's SMART data using HDTune or something similar?
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