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July 19, 2013 6:12:20 AM

I left somewhere for a weekend and came back and all the games I could run very smoothly are getting lag spikes. I will be at 50-150 fps on every game and it will drop to 1 fps then come back up and it happens every second. The only game it didn't happen to is a game called smite. I don't know why it didn't happen to smite, but that's really the only game I can play at the moment.

Any help or a fix is much appreciated. :) 

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July 19, 2013 8:24:08 AM

Are you playing DX11 games on a dual-core CPU?
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July 19, 2013 10:10:57 AM

jessterman21 said:
Are you playing DX11 games on a dual-core CPU?


I assume they are DX11 and I have a six core CPU
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July 19, 2013 10:44:17 AM

Okay bud, need some specifics. What are your specs including GPU driver version and monitor resolution, what games does the stutter occur, and what settings are you running those games at?
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July 19, 2013 11:26:43 AM

jessterman21 said:
Okay bud, need some specifics. What are your specs including GPU driver version and monitor resolution, what games does the stutter occur, and what settings are you running those games at?


Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Driver Version: 12.104.0.0

Stutter occurs on Borderlands 2, Path of Exile, and TF2. Those are the only games I really play, but this game Smite never lag spikes or anything, its the only game that doesn't.
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July 19, 2013 12:36:03 PM

Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Okay bud, need some specifics. What are your specs including GPU driver version and monitor resolution, what games does the stutter occur, and what settings are you running those games at?


Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Driver Version: 12.104.0.0

Stutter occurs on Borderlands 2, Path of Exile, and TF2. Those are the only games I really play, but this game Smite never lag spikes or anything, its the only game that doesn't.


How much RAM do you have, and what settings are you running in those games?
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July 19, 2013 12:41:10 PM

jessterman21 said:
Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Okay bud, need some specifics. What are your specs including GPU driver version and monitor resolution, what games does the stutter occur, and what settings are you running those games at?


Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6670
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Driver Version: 12.104.0.0

Stutter occurs on Borderlands 2, Path of Exile, and TF2. Those are the only games I really play, but this game Smite never lag spikes or anything, its the only game that doesn't.


How much RAM do you have, and what settings are you running in those games?


I have 8GB of ram and I ran all of them at 1920x1080 and on high settings. The only one that I don't play on high with is Borderlands 2, I play it at like low-medium.
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July 19, 2013 2:29:51 PM

Okay, what are your CPU and GPU temps when the stutters occur? Also, what are your % usage for both? Also check your HDD light to see if it blinks in time with the stutters.
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July 19, 2013 7:49:36 PM

jessterman21 said:
Okay, what are your CPU and GPU temps when the stutters occur? Also, what are your % usage for both? Also check your HDD light to see if it blinks in time with the stutters.


How do I check temp, usage and wheres the HDD light? Sorry kinda new with this PC fixing stuff :p 
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July 20, 2013 5:14:46 AM

Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Okay, what are your CPU and GPU temps when the stutters occur? Also, what are your % usage for both? Also check your HDD light to see if it blinks in time with the stutters.


How do I check temp, usage and wheres the HDD light? Sorry kinda new with this PC fixing stuff :p 


Temps by downloading and running HWMonitor, Usage by Task Manager and GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner, and the HDD light should be on the front of your PC next to the power light. It should have a cylinder icon beside it.
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July 20, 2013 5:49:53 AM

jessterman21 said:
Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Okay, what are your CPU and GPU temps when the stutters occur? Also, what are your % usage for both? Also check your HDD light to see if it blinks in time with the stutters.


How do I check temp, usage and wheres the HDD light? Sorry kinda new with this PC fixing stuff :p 


Temps by downloading and running HWMonitor, Usage by Task Manager and GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner, and the HDD light should be on the front of your PC next to the power light. It should have a cylinder icon beside it.


Ok thanks for telling me, I have to go for the weekend I will get back to you on Monday.
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July 24, 2013 6:08:04 AM

jessterman21 said:
Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Okay, what are your CPU and GPU temps when the stutters occur? Also, what are your % usage for both? Also check your HDD light to see if it blinks in time with the stutters.


How do I check temp, usage and wheres the HDD light? Sorry kinda new with this PC fixing stuff :p 


Temps by downloading and running HWMonitor, Usage by Task Manager and GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner, and the HDD light should be on the front of your PC next to the power light. It should have a cylinder icon beside it.


I tried Borderlands 2 and Path of Exile while checking HWMonitor and for the GPU it stays pretty constant at 107 degrees or 108 degrees Fahrenheit. When it spikes it will go to 112 or 114 max, but then my computer will make a really loud noise like something is being "powered up" and it will spike to a max of144 degrees and stay there for a while. The CPU stays at 85-89 degrees Fahrenheit max, it never spikes. The usage for the CPU is 20% and when I start a game, it can spike to upper 90's, but it usually stays around 45-60% total usage. I also looked at the usage for each indivdual core and they were all different, none of them at 100. The GPU fluctuates a lot, it can be 30-40 and then go straight to 98%. The game sometimes freezes and it drops to 0. Sorry for the late response.
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July 24, 2013 7:09:09 AM

Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Okay, what are your CPU and GPU temps when the stutters occur? Also, what are your % usage for both? Also check your HDD light to see if it blinks in time with the stutters.


How do I check temp, usage and wheres the HDD light? Sorry kinda new with this PC fixing stuff :p 


Temps by downloading and running HWMonitor, Usage by Task Manager and GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner, and the HDD light should be on the front of your PC next to the power light. It should have a cylinder icon beside it.


I tried Borderlands 2 and Path of Exile while checking HWMonitor and for the GPU it stays pretty constant at 107 degrees or 108 degrees Fahrenheit. When it spikes it will go to 112 or 114 max, but then my computer will make a really loud noise like something is being "powered up" and it will spike to a max of144 degrees and stay there for a while. The CPU stays at 85-89 degrees Fahrenheit max, it never spikes. The usage for the CPU is 20% and when I start a game, it can spike to upper 90's, but it usually stays around 45-60% total usage. I also looked at the usage for each indivdual core and they were all different, none of them at 100. The GPU fluctuates a lot, it can be 30-40 and then go straight to 98%. The game sometimes freezes and it drops to 0. Sorry for the late response.


Might be something wrong with your graphics card - it shouldn't be spiking to 100% like that - do the core and memory clocks drop down to like 300MHz during those spikes? Might need to warranty that card.
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July 25, 2013 5:02:23 AM

jessterman21 said:
Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Tychion said:
jessterman21 said:
Okay, what are your CPU and GPU temps when the stutters occur? Also, what are your % usage for both? Also check your HDD light to see if it blinks in time with the stutters.


How do I check temp, usage and wheres the HDD light? Sorry kinda new with this PC fixing stuff :p 


Temps by downloading and running HWMonitor, Usage by Task Manager and GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner, and the HDD light should be on the front of your PC next to the power light. It should have a cylinder icon beside it.


I tried Borderlands 2 and Path of Exile while checking HWMonitor and for the GPU it stays pretty constant at 107 degrees or 108 degrees Fahrenheit. When it spikes it will go to 112 or 114 max, but then my computer will make a really loud noise like something is being "powered up" and it will spike to a max of144 degrees and stay there for a while. The CPU stays at 85-89 degrees Fahrenheit max, it never spikes. The usage for the CPU is 20% and when I start a game, it can spike to upper 90's, but it usually stays around 45-60% total usage. I also looked at the usage for each indivdual core and they were all different, none of them at 100. The GPU fluctuates a lot, it can be 30-40 and then go straight to 98%. The game sometimes freezes and it drops to 0. Sorry for the late response.


Might be something wrong with your graphics card - it shouldn't be spiking to 100% like that - do the core and memory clocks drop down to like 300MHz during those spikes? Might need to warranty that card.


They fluctuate from 100 and 150 to 800 and 650 while I am not in a game. When I am in a game it is the same thing.

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July 25, 2013 6:15:17 AM

Tychion said:
They fluctuate from 100 and 150 to 800 and 650 while I am not in a game. When I am in a game it is the same thing.


If the clockspeeds are fluctuating while in game, especially if the drops match the lag you experience, you may want to RMA the card.
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July 25, 2013 7:01:31 AM

jessterman21 said:
Tychion said:
They fluctuate from 100 and 150 to 800 and 650 while I am not in a game. When I am in a game it is the same thing.


If the clockspeeds are fluctuating while in game, especially if the drops match the lag you experience, you may want to RMA the card.


Ok, and if I was to get a new card, which one should I get? Which one could run Borderlands 2 and say Battlefield 4? Would a 7970 do it? I don't want to spend massive amounts of money on a new one.
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