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GTX 560 (NOT Ti) random FPS drop issues

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May 24, 2013 10:37:27 AM

Hi.

Specs: (main ones only)
AMD FX 4100
nViDia GTX 560
Kingston 8GB DDR3 RAM


First of all, thanks for taking a glance at my issue. Here's the thing. I bought this rig since the last December in 2012. Then I started enjoying big games that need alot of juice like L.A Noire, DoTA 2, Black OPS and such. I set the video settings to the MAX for every games I play. The gameplay is EXTREMELY smooth with a REALLY RARE chance of small lags (I didn't record the avg FPS because at that time this issue haven't made me concerned).

Till recently, when I played a bit of these games, I felt my FPS performance dropped.

Say L.A Noire, when I played free roam, the game starts smooth. After some collisions and steering your car on high-speed pursuits, the FPS dropped drastically (from avg 55 to 26 maybe even <20)

Say, The Saboteur, during huge gunfights, explosions and crossfire, the FPS performance drops to 20-35, it just feels suckish and dissatisfied when this happens very often. (Take note that I've adjusted the video settings to the max for every game I mentioned).

Say, DoTA 2, the FPS is averagely moderate, it can get to 60 during vacant times, it can also get to 20-30 during NORMAL creep-hunting in the early game, the FPS will drop to 10-20 during hero battles where the skills are all unleashed.

I was told that 560 is quite a powerful card. That's why I tried to play games on MAX. I did some review search on the card before I purchased my rig and the feedback is from what I see 90% positive.

I had a few suspicions. Maybe my card wasn't really strong as I expected. Maybe the CPU I chose (AMD FX 4100) is not powerful enough for my graphic card. Maybe my hardware is a counterfeit aka I'm scammed [which is quite impossible as I bought them in a hyperstore and the company had a few branches].

I would really appreciate if you guys could give me answers/correct my misconceptions/suggestions or anything at all that could help. Thank you very much. Cheers.

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May 24, 2013 10:48:43 AM

Did you install anything or change drivers around the time the games frame rates started dropping?

Are you overclocking the CPU or GPU?

Do you keep the heatsinks and fans on the CPU and GPU free of dust?

Edit: What is your monitor's resolution?
Here you can see where you CPU and GPU fall relative to other components:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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May 24, 2013 10:55:32 AM

the 560 is a decent card . i would over clock both your cpu and gpu and adjust your nvidia control panel settings after doing a clean install of the drivers with the newest drivers.

check you cpu temps and load during the game, but more than likely it just cant handly max settigns without some tweaks
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May 24, 2013 10:59:00 AM

The cpu is the bottleneck i know AMD fanboys will disagree but what you're talking about is cpu intensive moments If you moniter gpu usage during these fps drops im willing to bet your not near 100% gpu usage.
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May 24, 2013 11:17:14 AM

J_E_D_70 said:
Did you install anything or change drivers around the time the games frame rates started dropping?

Are you overclocking the CPU or GPU?

Do you keep the heatsinks and fans on the CPU and GPU free of dust?

Edit: What is your monitor's resolution?
Here you can see where you CPU and GPU fall relative to other components:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


1) I updated the driver to the latest for my GPU only 2 days ago because I figured that would help, but it didn't do much.

2) No. But my GPU is an OC card before it's unsealed according to the package.

3) Which is the heatsink? (Sorry, I'm really a rookie in hardware). I'll check on the dusts later.

4) 1600 x 900

06yfz450ridr said:
the 560 is a decent card . i would over clock both your cpu and gpu and adjust your nvidia control panel settings after doing a clean install of the drivers with the newest drivers.

check you cpu temps and load during the game, but more than likely it just cant handly max settigns without some tweaks


Can you provide me a guide?
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May 24, 2013 11:19:22 AM

firo40 said:
The cpu is the bottleneck i know AMD fanboys will disagree but what you're talking about is cpu intensive moments If you moniter gpu usage during these fps drops im willing to bet your not near 100% gpu usage.


Can you suggest a solution?
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May 24, 2013 11:27:43 AM

over clock your cpu in the bios that or grap a newer fx 4300 or 6300 preferably
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May 24, 2013 11:31:37 AM

The heatsink is attached to the CPU and GPU and has a fan on it to cool the processors. Dust can collect in the small cracks between the fins of the heatsink and reduce cooling capacity. This, in turn, can cause the processor to reach a temperature that causes it to "throttle" to save itself from damage. The reason I asked about this is that I understand you to mean your system was great at first but has gotten worse over time with the same games. Best way to clean heatsinks is with a can of compressed air (*not* a vacuum cleaner).

Edit: If you OC as suggested you need a 3rd party heatsink, not the one that came with the CPU. At least get an Evo or something similar (hear good things about the Xigmatech Gaia)
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May 24, 2013 11:45:37 AM

06yfz450ridr said:
over clock your cpu in the bios that or grap a newer fx 4300 or 6300 preferably


Alright, I'll check it out. Thanks =)
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May 24, 2013 11:48:25 AM

J_E_D_70 said:
The heatsink is attached to the CPU and GPU and has a fan on it to cool the processors. Dust can collect in the small cracks between the fins of the heatsink and reduce cooling capacity. This, in turn, can cause the processor to reach a temperature that causes it to "throttle" to save itself from damage. The reason I asked about this is that I understand you to mean your system was great at first but has gotten worse over time with the same games. Best way to clean heatsinks is with a can of compressed air (*not* a vacuum cleaner).

Edit: If you OC as suggested you need a 3rd party heatsink, not the one that came with the CPU. At least get an Evo or something similar (hear good things about the Xigmatech Gaia)


Alright, I'll take a look soon. But I don't quite understand how this hierarchy chart works. I've seen this before when I did some research before purchasing a rig.
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May 24, 2013 12:01:14 PM

Each row shows which CPUs or GPUs have similar performance. I just wanted you to use that as a reference for what kind of performance you should be getting (in your case, your CPU is roughly equivalent to an older Core2 quad from intel and the GPU is not terrible but far from top of the line for running games that are hard on GPUs).
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June 5, 2013 7:04:19 AM

Thank you everyone for your help =D
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