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You're in gaming mode pwning noobs gettin' 1337 kills, top of the scoreboard F-yeah. Then what's happening is this; laptop says I AM WAY TOO DAMN HOT FOR THIS. It will down volt and down clock, and that's where the spike comes in and the performance slides down hill. Do a .01 voltage increase and apply it for 3d mode and 2d mode. She'll heat up even more but I bet this stop the instabilities. I had this problem until I upped my voltage, BF3 would stutter then freeze. Yes bro, I was mad.
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You're in gaming mode pwning noobs gettin' 1337 kills, top of the scoreboard F-yeah. Then what's happening is this; laptop says I AM WAY TOO DAMN HOT FOR THIS. It will down volt and down clock, and that's where the spike comes in and the performance slides down hill. Do a .01 voltage increase and apply it for 3d mode and 2d mode. She'll heat up even more but I bet this stop the instabilities. I had this problem until I upped my voltage, BF3 would stutter then freeze. Yes bro, I was mad.

I'm not exactly sure I am able to alter the voltage on this laptop at all. Would that be found in AfterBurner? I'm sort of against having to flash the BIOS again. If you could instruct me on how to do that on my MSI GT683 DXR that would be a lot of help, thanks.
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I don't believe it is an overheating issue as I am reaching the desired/regular framerates instantly after the spike. I'm guessing if it were heat related I would be experiencing a consistent drop after the spike occurred.
Alright then I'm at a loss as to how to disabe hyperthreading. This laptop's BIOS is something I've never seen before so I really have no idea as to what to do now. I've heard of flashing the BIOS, I'm just not certain is that is the best course of action for this problem.
Here is a picture from MSI Afterburner while the computer is idle(just the browser open) over the course of about ten minutes or so.
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This is a picture while in game with any of the spiking involved - over the course of about 10 minutes or so.
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*note - my ingame settings are set to low with vsync off.
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I'm not exactly sure I am able to alter the voltage on this laptop at all. Would that be found in AfterBurner? I'm sort of against having to flash the BIOS again. If you could instruct me on how to do that on my MSI GT683 DXR that would be a lot of help, thanks.

Your gpu is not overheating..

CPU might be a different story, run hwmonitor in the background and monitor temps.
If you find your cpu is overheating give throttlestop a try, you'll have to experiment with the multiplier until you find one that allows max performance without overheating.

But only 1 game causing these spikes, still seems driver related.
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Yes I have tried all of the suggestions that everyone has been giving. I appreciate all of your help, but I have just come to accept this as a game bug that they will have to patch. It isn't related to any overheating of any sort. The CPU is hovering around 75-78C and the GPU is around 65C while playing Battlefield 3.
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I might have found a solution to this, but I havnt had enough games to thoroughly test if it does indeed rectify it. NOTE you must have 2 or more physical Hard Disk drives.

My spec is
Core 2 Duo 3GHz
4GB RAM (Corsair Dominator)
Zotac GeForce 275GTX 896MB (stock overclocked)
Win 7 x64
2 x standard Hard Disks, 500GB, 7200RPM, connected using SATA II

Running game on mainly ultra, with terrain detail low, AA off, post AA medium, 2x anisotropic filtering. Changing these to low/medium/high still results in the issue.

When I first played, my first game of 64 players was absolutely fine, since then this spike has been hitting every game. I've only had this game since Saturday, and I noticed last night every time this happens my hard disk is going like crazy, loading textures no doubt.

To rectify I simply put the page file on both my hard disks, which increases the speed at which it functions, similar to RAID I imagine. I did try just moving it to my second Hard Disk but Microsoft advise if you can put the page file on 2 disks is even better.

Just right click My Computer, Click advanced system settings, click Performance, Advanced Performance Options. Here set the page file to use BOTH DISKS. I am writing this from memory, for guides see here
XP - http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/sysdm_advancd_perform_change_vmpagefile.mspx?mfr=true
Vista/7 - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Change-the-size-of-virtual-memory

I hope this helps
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I might have found a solution to this, but I havnt had enough games to thoroughly test if it does indeed rectify it. NOTE you must have 2 or more physical Hard Disk drives.
My spec is
Core 2 Duo 3GHz
4GB RAM (Corsair Dominator)
Zotac GeForce 275GTX 896MB (stock overclocked)
Win 7 x64
2 x standard Hard Disks, 500GB, 7200RPM, connected using SATA II
Running game on mainly ultra, with terrain detail low, AA off, post AA medium, 2x anisotropic filtering. Changing these to low/medium/high still results in the issue.
When I first played, my first game of 64 players was absolutely fine, since then this spike has been hitting every game. I've only had this game since Saturday, and I noticed last night every time this happens my hard disk is going like crazy, loading textures no doubt.
To rectify I simply put the page file on both my hard disks, which increases the speed at which it functions, similar to RAID I imagine. I did try just moving it to my second Hard Disk but Microsoft advise if you can put the page file on 2 disks is even better.
Just right click My Computer, Click advanced system settings, click Performance, Advanced Performance Options. Here set the page file to use BOTH DISKS. I am writing this from memory, for guides see here
XP - http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/sysdm_advancd_perform_change_vmpagefile.mspx?mfr=true
Vista/7 - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Change-the-size-of-virtual-memory
I hope this helps

What do you suggest I change the initial and maximum MB allocation to for each HDD?
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post #48 of 51
Hi, just checked mine and I set both disks to System Managed Size
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I've played with the page file configuration for a few days now, it has helped abit however I have now got it running fine. I found the issue was texture quality - I changed this from Ultra to High and its been fine ever since. All my other options are Ultra
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Hey, i got the same problem with my BF3 and only BF3. every other game i play doesnt have spikes, However, i did start a server on cod4 and noticed punkbuster was updating alot and caused spikes.
My BF3 SP runs fine which makes me beileve its a network issue prehaps.
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