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post #21 of 45
mfw people still perpetuate the misinformation of not being able to see more than 24/25/30/60 fps. wth.gif
post #22 of 45
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Originally Posted by kirbyy View Post

I've noticed this problem in TF2, NFS:MW, Borderlands 2 and BO2. I'll be getting pretty decent FPS, ranging from somewhere like 100 to 250 depending exactly on what game it is, but randomly my FPS will drop to about 2/5ths of my normal FPS, and it will last for about 20-30 seconds and not happen again for at least 5 minutes.
It's a really annoying problem, and it's a lot more frequent than I'd like it to be, though I'd rather the problem not exist at all. Someone suggested my computer might be overheating, but I checked the temperatures and they did not increase at all during these moments of random low FPS.
http://i.imgur.com/7Mvw1.jpg
These are my temperatures now with no games or anything special loaded. When I have a game open, the temperature for my cores, as expected, increase, but only by ~5. When my FPS randomly drops, the temperatures are no different. Also, my computer is never hot or anything, albeit my room sometimes warmer than I want it to be. And my computer is also clean on the inside, and no thermal paste seems to need to be applied.
This problem started occurring maybe 3-4 months ago, if not 2-3 months? I've tried everything I can think of, and nothing has worked. I'm probably forgetting to do something, or maybe I just don't know. I've been suggested to reformat, so I might give that a go, but only if it's worth trying. Should I reformat? Well, either way, what should I do/try to fix this problem?
I know this is basic but you have put the Power Managament in NVCPL to 'Maximum Performance' for the games right??
post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by zkalra View Post

I know this is basic but you have put the Power Managament in NVCPL to 'Maximum Performance' for the games right??

Say what again?
post #24 of 45
I think you might have a background process, service or task that is kicking in every once in a while. This process/task consumes resources, which is why you're seeing FPS drops at regular intervals.
For example, do you have an anti-virus sitting idle ?

Also, as zkalra said, make sure you have settings in the Power Options (from control panel) set to correct values (although I think they are by default, particularly when the OS detects full screen applications such as games)

EDIT: zkalra actually mentioned a setting from the nvidia control panel, which is different from what I suggested. You should check both.
Edited by Gauvi - 11/20/12 at 3:59am
post #25 of 45
Thread Starter 
I don't have Nvidia considering I have an ATI HD Radeon series card. I actually do have an antivirus that runs idle in the background, but the problem is, is it won't let me kill the process in Task Mananger, even though the only account on this PC is the administrator. Makes no sense why I wouldn't have privileges to close it, just says "access is denied."

It could be something else as well, though I'm not sure what it could be.

In Power Options, the Power Plan is set to performance, though it says the recommended option is "balance". Should I keep it where it is on Performance, or change it to Balance?
Edited by kirbyy - 11/20/12 at 4:13am
post #26 of 45
He meant the power options for the video card found in the drivers. If the GPU load is low then the card will actually down clock and in some situations this causes stuttering. To fix this there is an option called "power management mode" in the Nvidia drivers to force the card to stay at its highest clock. See if you can find a similar option in the AMD drivers for your video card.


Also, lol at another thread where people still can't comprehend the very real difference with higher refresh rate monitors. Some say 30, some say 60, this guy says 70. When will it end? rolleyes.gif
post #27 of 45
Thread Starter 
http://i.imgur.com/unzgF.jpg

Here is what it looks like (to the left). If you see anything that would be similar to the Nvidia one, let me know.
post #28 of 45
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Originally Posted by kirbyy View Post

I don't have Nvidia considering I have an ATI HD Radeon series card. I actually do have an antivirus that runs idle in the background, but the problem is, is it won't let me kill the process in Task Mananger, even though the only account on this PC is the administrator. Makes no sense why I wouldn't have privileges to close it, just says "access is denied."
It could be something else as well, though I'm not sure what it could be.
In Power Options, the Power Plan is set to performance, though it says the recommended option is "balance". Should I keep it where it is on Performance, or change it to Balance?
Set it to Performance and see if it resolves the issue. You really should put your rig in the sig to better let people know what hardware you are rocking.
post #29 of 45
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Originally Posted by zkalra View Post

Set it to Performance and see if it resolves the issue. You really should put your rig in the sig to better let people know what hardware you are rocking.

Already set to performance.
post #30 of 45
kirbyy,

You might be surprised how io processes running in the back ground can impact fps. Try this:
-Open up Task Manager. Click on View > select columns. Make sure you have Memory: Working Set/ Peak Working Set and make sure you have IO: Reads, Writes and Other checked. Along with the default checked options. Hit Ok and leave Task Manager open. Expand the window to show as many processors as you can on your screen.

-Open up Resource Monitor and tab over to Disk. Expand the window to make sure you see as many processes as possible.

-Try to put both Task Manager and Resource Monitor side by side if you have enough room to show all the columns and processes for both. Adjust the size of your columns so you can still see all the numeric data.

-Run the game as you normally do. Once your issue arises tab out and take a screenshot of Task Manager and Resource Monitor (already side by side). One way to do this is to hit the print screen key. Paste the image in Paint then save it.

-Post your image here.
Edited by EastCoast - 11/20/12 at 7:45am
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