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Heaven 4/Games Suddenly Dropping to ~5 FPS on STOCK SETTINGS!!!

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July 24, 2013 8:04:44 AM

Hi all, title pretty much says it all. I have a MSI GTX 670 Power Edition OC, and I am on the latest beta drivers from nVidia. I will try rolling back to the latest stable drivers, but I had this issue on that one, too! :??: 

On STOCK core clock/memory/voltages, Heaven 4 and games are suddenly dropping to ~5 FPS! My GF plays The Sims (I know!), and, after an hour or so, the same thing happens! Should I just send this card back, or is there something I am doing wrong?

To me, this seems like an obvious unstable clock! WTF, what a shitty card if it is! :fou: 

Thank you!!
July 24, 2013 8:09:05 AM

Do you have an intergrated GPu in your motherboard? Maybe the graphic card is failing or over-heating after a while and the pc is using the intergrated gpu , are the fans on the gpu working? After your games drop to X fps you could check if your gpu is still working( just look at the fans)
July 24, 2013 8:13:55 AM

This sounds like an overheating problem. Make sure your CPU cooler hasn't come loose. Monitor your temps.
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July 24, 2013 1:15:28 PM

Hi, thanks for the replies. I have an integrated GPU on the processor, but it is not enabled (I don't think), as I cannot install Virta MVP.

I have rolled back my driver to the newest stable one. At first, I passed Heaven 4 on stock settings, and I thought I had the problem solved, so I started increasing my memory (as I can't raise my core clock--hardly at all). I got to about 196+ stable (which gave me a rounded-off number). This passed once, then Heaven started crashing again. I have gone back to stock settings, thinking it wouldn't crash, but it is STILL CRASHING!!! I have set a custom fan profile, and my temps have not gone over 60 celsius. I know my case is more than adequately cooled, so it can't be that. I think I have a bum card; I might send it back.

One thing I think it could be: I have overclocked my i5-4670k to a stable 4.5Ghz; maybe that is affecting my GPU?
July 24, 2013 1:22:58 PM

Sounds like the CPU overclock is a little too much, try backing off a little and then retest.
July 24, 2013 1:34:56 PM

Thanks, I just rebooted, dropped the CPU to 4.4Ghz and reset my RAM timings. Just re-ran Heaven 4 on stock settings, and it crashed in the first few scenes. What utter BS--I am returning the card. Thanks for the help, guys! :) 
July 24, 2013 2:11:18 PM

hmm if you already sent the card back, try getting a new one like a 770 and add some cash.

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July 24, 2013 2:11:56 PM

I'd try the CPU at STOCK before you assume it's the card.
July 24, 2013 2:27:09 PM

I will try that, but a. I'm pretty sure the CPU doesn't affect the GPU to that extent (only, say, a mildly unstable maximum overclock on the CPU), and b. I am NOT reducing my CPU overclock, because my GPU can't handle it. I have never had this problem in the past; it must be a shoddy GPU.
July 24, 2013 2:36:02 PM

Make sure when you overclocked the CPU, the PCIe buss stayed at 100MHz.