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post #1 of 9
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Having some problems with my current gaming rig. Specs are the following:

CPU: I5-3570k @ approx 4.5 Ghz (at work can check details when home)
Mobo: P8Z77 Deluxe
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000
GPU: EVGA 04G-P4-3685-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW Standard, w/Backplate 4GB
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SD
PSU: Corsair HX850X
Display: Yamakasi Catleap @ 110hz, - 2nd monitor 22' Samsung @60 hz.

The problem I am having is IMMENSE intermittent FPS drop. It happens regularly and routinely like 10 or 20 times per hour (or more!) I typically run most games at 110 hz and achieve anywhere from 50 FPS to 110 FPS depending on graphical settings. Its amazingly frustrating to have a nearly new, high end machine but have piss poor performance like I do when playing games frown.gif When this problem happens I drop to 5 or 6 FPS for about 10 seconds, then it bounces back to the max it was previously

I am Prime 95 stable for 24 hours, which leads me to believe that my CPU and RAM are not the problem.

I have run several GPU benchmarks with no crashes, no BSODs, or display driver not responding/etc. These have run for 4 to 6 hours with no issues.

I have gamed intensely and regular with my 2nd monitor displaying the windows resource monitor to try to figure out where the problem might be, with no obvious answers.

How do I go about stress testing further to try to figure out where the problem is at?

Could it be my network? My ISP having connection issues to my home? How do I test this? I Speedtest and get good results, but what if the problem is intermittent?

Could it be my SSD? Read/write times appear to be appropriate.

Could it somehow be related to running 1 monitor at 110hz?

Could it be something else?

Im lost on how to figure this out from here.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by Dawgdoc - 2/7/13 at 8:46am
post #2 of 9
If its a new system have you checked to see if there is a new BIOS update that could possibly fix the issue. is your system overclocked at all?
post #3 of 9
Have you tried using Driver Sweeper to remove the display drivers, then install the latest NV drivers?

That may go some way to resolving the issue, or at least rule out a dodgy driver installation.

Otherwise I would just do some basic things like re-seating the GPU, RAM and CPU (unlikely to do anything but again, its a few more things you can check off the list)

But I would probably try to reinstall the latest NV drivers (after using driver sweeper to remove the previous drivers) first and then report back and we can work from there.

Good luck with it thumb.gif
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i5 2500k MSI Z77A-GD65 Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+ OC G.Skill Ripjaw X 2133MHz 
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OCZ Vertex 2 Antec Kuhler 620 Windows 10 Silverstone ST1200 
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Corsair 200R 
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i5 2500k MSI Z77A-GD65 Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+ OC G.Skill Ripjaw X 2133MHz 
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OCZ Vertex 2 Antec Kuhler 620 Windows 10 Silverstone ST1200 
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Corsair 200R 
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluelighting View Post

If its a new system have you checked to see if there is a new BIOS update that could possibly fix the issue. is your system overclocked at all?

Please see OP for details on overclocking. BIOS is fully updated to latest version and system is not brand new, but about 4 months old. Issues only just started within the past 4 weeks or so and are escalating.
post #5 of 9
here is an article from the EVGA forums that might be useful in resolving your issue dont know if youve tried any of it yet but possibly worth a read.
http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1766955&mpage=1
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Originally Posted by Bluelighting View Post

here is an article from the EVGA forums that might be useful in resolving your issue dont know if youve tried any of it yet but possibly worth a read.
http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1766955&mpage=1

Hey dude dont misunderstand me, because I truly do appreciate any and all advice contributed to this thread....but.....

That link is simply someone stating to clean reinstall drivers. No real info to be had there.

I have clean reinstalled video drivers several times to no avail FWIW....
post #7 of 9
maybe your window has been corrupted, try different drivers or bio , try using only 1 stick of ram than 2 -3 -4
try using a different gpu.
what game are you using ? does this happen in all games or just one?

p.s simple answers are sufficient , if you answer with a condescending attitude no one will help you out.
post #8 of 9
Sorry I couldn't help, dont really have any other advice i hope you solve your issue.
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Originally Posted by Rustynails View Post

maybe your window has been corrupted, try different drivers or bio , try using only 1 stick of ram than 2 -3 -4
try using a different gpu.
what game are you using ? does this happen in all games or just one?

p.s simple answers are sufficient , if you answer with a condescending attitude no one will help you out.

No condescension perhaps you should reread my reply? All I said was his link provided no info. I even thanked him for it.

Regarding the ram, how/why could I be prime 95 stable for 24 hours on blend if there were a ram issue?

This happens in all games, except for League of Legends which has extremely low resource requirements. Everything else has the issue. Guild Wars 2, Forge, Farcy 3, Age of Conan, Hawken, Bloodline Champions are the ones that immediately come to mind that I am currently playing.
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