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Hi,

So I built my computer two years ago. Played BC2 on it, always got steady 99% GPU Usage and over 100FPS. Now it goes up and down, and up and down.

Sent my 5970 back to Asus for RMA TWICE. 2nd time they had it in repair for 5 days. Still doing the same thing.

Get this. I've replaced my motherboard, PSU, and graphics card and it still does the same crap on every game. GPU Usage goes all over the place and I know specifically in BC2 it used to stay at 99%.

I had my i7-920 @ 3.4ghz and it wasn't bottlenecking anything in BC2 before... now I have it at 4GHZ and still getting the same crap. No idea what the heck it is.

Is my CPU bad or something? I can't figure this out and it's driving me crazy.
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Are your framerates different?
    
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Well they jump from like 100 down to 70 randomly and back up and down again.

The main thing is that I get stutters now. Like 2-3 second freezes randomly. And I know it's not the 1GB VRAM limit limiting me in BC2.
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Low GPU usage being reported is unlikely to be any sort of problem with faulty hardware.
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Have you been using the same HDD/Windows install? It could most likely be that.
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Originally Posted by piskooooo View Post

Have you been using the same HDD/Windows install? It could most likely be that.

No, I've reformatted like 3 times. On different HDD's. It could be possible that two of my HDD's are faulty but I doubt it.

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This is what it is doing. Used to stay steady at 99%. A straight line, never seen it jump like that. It seriously is driving me crazy, my comp must run at 100% of its capability!
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post #7 of 55
did it ever occur to you that your old setup is different from the one now? a single driver update could change a lot

download HD tune and check your drives for errors just in case the problems are with storage.
set all clock speeds to stock setting. Overclocks cause instability
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Originally Posted by edalbkrad View Post

did it ever occur to you that your old setup is different from the one now? a single driver update could change a lot
download HD tune and check your drives for errors just in case the problems are with storage.
set all clock speeds to stock setting. Overclocks cause instability

He is at stock settings.

What's your CPU usage like? (Task manager or some other form). If it's at 100% all the time it's a bottleneck.

Have you tested your OC in prime 95 for errors? Your CPU might be doing errors in it's calculations which could cause some fluctuations. CPU's degrade over time and require more VCORE or it might not hold your OC.


What other devices are in your PCIe lanes?

Your driver seems to be the latest driver, try an older one (released at around the time you had no issues) that might solve it (and I know it's an older card but still try an older/different driver).


Also have you had ANY instability problems at all in the lifetime of your GPU/CPU like random BSOD's, crashes, errors, restarts etc?
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post #9 of 55
An i7 920 @ 3.4GHz won't bottleneck a 5970. tongue.gif

However, I have a 90% certainty that it's the drivers you're using. They're what drive the GPU, hence the name. tongue.gif
     
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I can agree, I'm thinking drivers are the problem. thumb.gif
    
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