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Hey guys, my sig rig has been running awesome up till this morning...

Last night I installed Crysis again and between it and Warhead I added in the texture replacers and custom config's and a TOD.... even modded I was getting around 18-40 fps in Crysis, WOW usually over 100 min, BC2 50-110....

Today I start it up to savor some more of the modded Crysis goodness (sooo much better looking) and play through it again in time for Crysis 2... well now I get around 5-10 fps, I could not figure it out and so tried warhead... 8-12 fps.... thinking *** I ran a BC2 online match and topped out at about 30... seeing a trend and becoming scared I booted up a WOW toon, 30 fps steady.

I have reinstalled the latest WHQL Nvidia drivers, ran a registry cleaner etc... played with settings in game and nothing works.... Turning everything to Minimum in Warhead got me a whopping 40-50 fps.

Something is very wrong with my system, it's never run like this before, I did OC my GPU a bit to try and smooth out the modded Crysis's this morn and am on stock since, that and the modding is all I have done lately. Any ideas?
    
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Sounds like your card is downclocking to 2D clocks.

Enable OSD in Precision or Afterburner and watch GPU/Shader/Mem clocks and GPU Usage as you play the game.
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Originally Posted by djk11 View Post
Sounds like your card is downclocking to 2D clocks.

Enable OSD in Precision or Afterburner and watch GPU/Shader/Mem clocks and GPU Usage as you play the game.
That looks like what it's doing, even in the menu before loading a game it's showing 400mhz 799mhz 297mhz 217mb mem and 97% use....

Wow, how did this happen? What do I do to set it back to normal?
    
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Check the fan is spinning strongly under load and the power connectors are plugged in.
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Well menus and movies are normal to be in 2D for many games. Play some of the actual game to make sure its trying to go to 3D clocks.

What are your clocks set at in Precision? Reset to default and maybe underclock a little just to test it.

In Windows control panel you can disable PCIE power management to force 3D clocks all the time.

Can try to add 1-2MHz to the PCIE bus in your motherboard BIOS, also could try swapping to another PCIE slot. Uninstall drivers then run Driversweeper, reinstall the latest 266.58.
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Just ran WOW and in-game it doesn't change the lowered frequencies, it doesn't seem to limit memory amount though, it was over 500 mb's, looks like I need to force it to use 3d speeds, how?
    
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Just ran WOW and in-game it doesn't change the lowered frequencies, it doesn't seem to limit memory amount though, it was over 500 mb's, looks like I need to force it to use 3d speeds, how?
Turning PCIE power management off should force 3D clocks all the time.

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Unstable cards drop to 2D Clocks. Ex. if I OC too much it drops to 2D clocks during gaming or stress tests. You're not OCed are you?
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Not having a sufficient load on the card will also cause clocks to stay in low power 3d mode (400 core on Fermi cards).

This is totally normal, happens for me all the time with really easy to run games like Kings Bounty which I've played a lot lately. It never causes major FPS dips though, it just causes the GPU usage to shoot up (lower clocks w/same load will push usage upward) and the FPS stays the same.

That's what is supposed to happen.

If FPS is all crappy honestly I doubt the issue is low-power 3d mode because it's always seemed to work well on my cards ...

Are you sure nothing is globally 'forced' on in the NVCP like Transparency AA or something like that?
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