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Low FPS with MSI GTX 670 Power Edition OC

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August 5, 2013 3:28:00 PM

Hi,

I've had this card for a few months now and I'm having lots of problems with low, or unstable, FPS across several different games. So far, the only fairly intense game I've managed to play on maximum settings has been Sleeping Dogs. With Shootmania, Serious Sam 3, Dead Island Riptide and even Amnesia: The Dark Descent, my FPS is either low or unstable (i.e. fluctuates an awful lot).

I should mention the resolution I'm using is 1280x800.

I have the same graphics card as a friend of mine and he's having no issues in any of those games, and he's even able to play on high settings without a problem. In my case, I'm having to turn settings down just to be able to get a decent framerate.

I've tried several things (listed below) without success. However, GPU-Z reports my card to be running @ x1 1.1. If I run the benchmark, it changes to x1 2.0, but that's as far as it goes.

GPU-Z info: http://i.imgur.com/2yk46m5.jpg

Computer Specs

OCZ OCZ600MXSP-UK ModXStream Pro 600W ATX Power Supply
ASUS P8Z68-v-pro
Intel i7 2600K 3.4ghz
Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet CPU Cooler
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 XMP
MSI GTX 670 Power Edition OC
Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

Neither the CPU nor the GPU have been overclocked.

Things I've tried so far

1. Flashed the BIOS to the latest version.
2. Fresh install of several different driver versions (tried NVIDIA's clean install and also Driver Sweeper).
3. Tried NVIDIA's force-enable-gen3.exe.
4. Tried moving the graphics card from the x16 slot to the dual x8 slot.
5. Double-checked the power cables to make sure they're seated properly.
6. Checked card temperatures (idle: 23 degrees, load: 43 degrees).

I've also tried enabling the on-screen power display via MSI Afterburner to see what's going on, but I actually don't know what the power percentage is telling me. It only ever reached 69% under load, so does that mean it's not drawing enough power or does that mean its power consumption is within a normal range?

I noticed there have been a few other threads to do with this motherboard and similar sorts of problems but, so far, I haven't found one that's given an answer that's worked for me and I'm out of ideas as to what to do next.

Could any of you shed some light on this, please?
August 5, 2013 3:42:05 PM

What did MSI say when ya called them ? (Still under warranty)

What are voltages and temps running OCCT ?
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August 5, 2013 4:05:32 PM

Hi guys,

Thanks for the replies.

Jack,

I couldn't find the voltages in OCCT, so I've used Aida64Extreme to get them instead:

Edit: I should mention these values are when the card is idling, not under load.

Voltage Values
CPU Core 0.960 V
+3.3 V 3.392 V
+5 V 5.080 V
+12 V 12.288 V
+5 V Standby 5.139 V
CPU PLL 1.800 V
VCCIO 1.050 V
VCCSA 0.925 V
DIMM 1.500 V
GPU Core 0.987 V

Power Values
CPU Package 7.63 W
CPU IA Cores 4.08 W
CPU GT Cores 0.13 W
GPU TDP% 7.97 %

As for calling MSI, I haven't because I wasn't sure if the card itself was the problem or not and a lot of what I know now is what I've found out today, despite looking for a few days.

skyhide,

My board is just the standard P8Z68-v Pro and not the Gen3 version.
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August 5, 2013 4:15:02 PM

So this is your MOBO then: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You said: "I've had this card for a few months now and I'm having lots of problems with low, or unstable, FPS across several different games"

You had it few months, You did had problems at day 1.

GTX 670 is PCI Express 3.0 x16

Your MOBO is PCI Express 2.0 x16

Your not getting raw performance out if it that`s why Low FPS.
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August 5, 2013 4:18:48 PM

skyhide said:
So this is your MOBO then: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You said: "I've had this card for a few months now and I'm having lots of problems with low, or unstable, FPS across several different games"

You had it few months, You did had problems at day 1.

GTX 670 is PCI Express 3.0 x16

Your MOBO is PCI Express 2.0 x16

Your not getting raw performance out if it that`s why Low FPS.


The difference between PCIe 3.0 and 2.0 is negligible for current games. They don't push the cards hard enough for that to be a problem, certainly with the games mentioned, too. On top of that, there are plenty of people running PCIe 3.0 cards in PCIe 2.0 slots without issue. The difference would only be a matter of a few FPS but I literally have half the FPS of some friends who have lesser PCIe 3.0 cards in PCIe 2.0 slots.
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August 5, 2013 5:35:49 PM

Hmm... any chance you can take out your GPU and put it in your friends rig that has the same GTX 670? or another friend MOBO that has PCI Express 2.0? so that you know it is not your GTX 670? Maybe its worth a try
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August 5, 2013 6:24:11 PM

I could do that. At least if I do, and the card is fine, I can narrow it down some more. Thanks.
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