I bought this card 10 months ago
I used to be able to max out all the settings on all the games I played. I never experienced choppy fps. It was a dream come true. This was my first computer build, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I don't know anything about card life. While my card was new I was blown away with performance. I didn't want this awesomeness to ever go away.
Well one day, I decided to upgrade my drivers to the newest beta. I felt like maybe it has some bug fixes for me to get some more performance? Well ever since that upgrade I've been getting bad performance. To test the case I reinstalled windows not just for a clean installation, but to get rid of my dual boot config as well.
On the old graphics driver I can't play Serious Sam 3, so I was forced to upgrade. I don't know why I am having FPS issues on games I used to over exceed system requirements.
I'm losing frames in killing floor and sometimes even in counterstrike:source. Before I never experience frame rate issues before. I'm starting to worry.
I was checking out the sonic generations demo and I also experienced horrible frame rate issues. It got so choppy. My graphics driver crashed two times. I'm starting to wonder was I just lucky to not experience this when I first got the card? Or is my card starting to die? I don't know how graphic card life works. It's only 10 months old..
I overclocked the card before in the After Burner program--and had no problems. I downclocked it back to factory settings to see if the OC was the performance issue--fps issue never changed.
Is this normal for graphic cards?
Thank you for reading.
Edit: I don't know if the driver was the reason of performance loss. That's just the day that it started to happen. It still lags even now with the other driver that isn't beta.