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Hello everyone! I have recently installed my Gigabyte HD 7970 GHz edition and i'm experiencing microstutter in games fullscreen windowed mode or windowed mode. But if i restart the game enough times it works fine, So sometimes its fine but most of the time im getting microstutter. Also i was on 12.10 and i had the problems driver sweeped it and installed 12.11 with CAP 2 and still having the problem. Anyone know a solution for this. Also i forgot to mention i never got this problem with my 6970.

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Is it microstutter or regular stutter? Microstutter is mainly apparent in dual card config and I'm not sure it exists in single card, other than regular stuttering. What game are you trying to play where you get stutter? Is it a common problem other users have? If so, it's most likely a game driver problem. If not, then you may have to clean reinstall your drivers. I heard that driver sweeper is not good anymore and can actually do more damage than good. Try ATIMAN uninstaller.
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Oh really? well i used driver sweeper to clean it. Will try out ATIMAN soon. But i get it in most games like L4D2, CSGO (mainly) LoL. still have to try more as i just got my SSD i don't have much stuff installed. But i had this problem with both my XFX 7970 that were Artifacting as this is a replacement card. Here is a video i took, although it is not very good camera work but i think you may be able to see whats going on. I read what microstutter is and it sounds like i'm experiencing it, but i may be wrong. Also this only does happen fullscreen windowed/windowed but wen i switch to fullscreen it is gone, but since i am using a dual monitor i need it so i can easily go to my secondary monitor during gaming. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzr08lZ9JkU&list=UUqqjWlo22EPunjMVux6rUSg&index=1
post #4 of 37
I have a 7970 aswell and i have noticed a great increase in smoothness by using msi afretburner to limit frames to 60. Its not the same as vsync has something to do with internal frame rendering i guess even with vsync its actually remdering more frames. Also you can get d3d overidder and enable tripple buffering on direct x games. Helps a bit.
post #5 of 37
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i've tried d3d overidder it didnt really help, also in counterstrike global offensive i limited my fps to 60,61,120,150 and 300 and there were no differences still had that microstutterish feel. Also i will try using msi afterburner to limit frames to 60. Did you also have this problem?
post #6 of 37
stuttering (especially with 7970's) is a known problem with the cards. AMD has also acknowledged this issue and is working on a driver release sometime in the near future.

As a 7970 owner I can never rely on the card alone to run games smoothly. I always have to rely on 3rd party software to force my games to run smooth. For a $500 Ghz Edition 7970 I'm kind of disappointed.

Don't get me wrong the card can crunch out the fps...but just can't run like butter. It's a driver issue. Don't even get me started on games like Saints Row 3 (driving/ flying stutter) The Witcher 2 (LMAO) and Far Cry 3 (LOLoloLOLOlol)
post #7 of 37
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Still havent managed to fix this. Anyone got any other ideas? this has happened with all 3 7970's i've used.
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Originally Posted by firaaero View Post

Still havent managed to fix this. Anyone got any other ideas? this has happened with all 3 7970's i've used.

i noticed when i had my 7950 in my amd rig that i had to oc it at least to 4GHz to keep up with the gpu. even my i7 struggles at stock and so i have to oc it to 4.5GHz. have you tried oc'ing your chip higher? in order to maintain higher minimums you have to oc the chip. makes a difference and makes game plays smoother. i play sr3 and it is smooth as butter even when my chip is locked but bf3 mp - that i have to oc my chip and keeping the gpu at stock.

http://www.overclock.net/t/777378/official-gappos-little-deneb-thuban-overclocking-guide-with-too-many-smileys
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Overclock your cpu. IN my second rig my 965@4ghz bottleneck my single 7970 by 5-10 %
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post #10 of 37
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But i don't understand why it'd be my CPU i understand that it is fairly obs-elite but my 6970 ran fine in windowed mode fullscreen/ windowed mode. I don't think thats the problem. Although i'm not sure why my performance would decrease when upgrading to a better gpu from an older one.
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