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for some reason gta 4 started stuttering really bad and i opened up msi afterburner and my card never go over 66% usage it used to go up to 96% what happened? i have done 56 or more reboot and nothing still barely getting 22 fps where i used to get 50 or more should i do a clean install of windows?

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download gamebooster and see if it fixes your problem.
    
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Maybe because your CPU is bottlenecking the card.
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download gamebooster and see if it fixes your problem.
didn't do anything already tried it it made it much much worse game was getting 1-2 fps till i uninstalled it then back to 22 fps
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Maybe because your CPU is bottlenecking the card.
did you not read the post at all? i said it wasn't always like this my cpu isn't going to all of a sudden decide to bottleneck
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for some reason gta 4 started stuttering really bad and i opened up msi afterburner and my card never go over 66% usage it used to go up to 96% what happened? i have done 56 or more reboot and nothing still barely getting 22 fps where i used to get 50 or more should i do a clean install of windows?

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Save windows reformat as the last resort. GTA4 and its expansions are just finicky. Do you ever run out of VRAM? The game should tell you how much you are using under video setting iirc.

This game also suffers from memory leak, and I have witnessed this first hand. Game runs smoothly at 35-40FPS (with my GTS 450) and then runs very slow 5 minutes later. I resolved this issue by just lowering the games graphics.

Driver update is another possibility to consider. And finally, check to see if your CPU usage is maxed out on Task manager. If it is, then you may have yourself a classic cpu-bottleneck.

Hope this helps.

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did you not read the post at all? i said it wasn't always like this my cpu isn't going to all of a sudden decide to bottleneck
How long did have you played the game? In the beginning, I was getting really decent FPS, and then it dropped like a bomb.
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Save windows reformat as the last resort. GTA4 and its expansions are just finicky. Do you ever run out of VRAM? The game should tell you how much you are using under video setting iirc.

This game also suffers from memory leak, and I have witnessed this first hand. Game runs smoothly at 35-40FPS (with my GTS 450) and then runs very slow 5 minutes later. I resolved this issue by just lowering the games graphics.

Driver update is another possibility to consider. And finally, check to see if your CPU usage is maxed out on Task manager. If it is, then you may have yourself a classic cpu-bottleneck.

Hope this helps.

even with xfire closed game only uses 34% of my cpu absolute max so has to be a problem somewhere it was always at 96% but now suddenly game only using maybe 1 core and like 2% of a second one gotta be game bug or something
xfire had MASSIVE memory leak as soon as i booted gta 4 xfire would spike to 100% cpu and take 2.5Gb ram with it im going to tr with ti off and see what happens
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If its a memory leak, enable triple buffering on your graphics driver. Also, does GTA4 have an option of clearing memory caches?
    
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If its a memory leak, enable triple buffering on your graphics driver. Also, does GTA4 have an option of clearing memory caches?
no it was ram memory leak not video memory and even with the program closed its still slower than death
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i figured out the problem it was the half-assed creative drivers i uninstalled my sound card as a last resort because game was working fine before i installed them and now gpu usage back to 98% in city on high settings and CPU is little funny though only hits 73% max but oh well how could a sound card drive cause these problems? i don't understand why can somebody tell me why?
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