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Low FPS in games due to HDD (I think)

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December 14, 2013 11:32:20 PM

So I just installed a new SSD (250G Samsung 840 Evo). I started out with a clean install, and got everything up and running smoothly. Enabled AHCI on the MB before installing the OS.

I then hooked up all my other internal drives, which contain only media and backup files. Then I installed a bunch of games on a 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm 32mb cache. When I started up the latest Tomb Raider There was brutally low fps; about 15 or so. I tried the same on few other games and it was the same story.

I have since done a complete wipe of my old C drive and reformatted it (to 4k bytes per sector)
It's a WD Black 650G 7200rpm HDD. I'm seeing the same results after transferring games over to this HDD.

Some other things I've done:
- Set BIOS back to default (then back to my regular settings after seeing no improvement)
- updated mobo drivers via manufacturer's website
- Used some diagnostic software for HDDs - I have Sandra Lite installed, and Seatools.


Specs are
OS is Windows 7
Asus M4A89GTD PRO USB3
ASUS AMD R9 280x GPU CATALYST VERSION 13.11
Phenom ii 965 BE 4x3.4GHz (running at 3.7GHz)
12GB of HyperX Kingston DDR3
C drive is Samsung Evo 840 250GB
I have 2 WD Black 7200rpm 650GB HDD
and 1 Seagate 1.5TB drive

I think that's all the info, although I've been plugging away at this for a while and now my brain is wrecked. (...and then I look up and noticed I didn't give GPU specs)
Any help would be much appreciated.

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a b G Storage
December 14, 2013 11:42:47 PM

im not sure if your using an SSD as main OS or HDD as main OS but it'll only slow down your games to that low FPS if it's being in high usage. 100% HDD usage will drop your frame by a lot.
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December 15, 2013 12:06:49 AM

I should have specified, the OS is on the ssd.

So now I feel like an ass because I just installed BordelandsI 2 on the ssd and I'm getting the same results, so it can't be the HDDs after all.
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December 15, 2013 12:55:34 AM

well I dunno, after this I figured it was a driver problem. I re-installed the latest mobo chipset drivers and the Catalyst 13.10 meant for the r7 and r9 series, and the install of borderlands 2 on the ssd still runs like crap. Think I'd best sleep on it.
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a b G Storage
December 15, 2013 6:58:12 AM

It's not your SSD then... Try switching your graphic card into another slot, there's two PCIe 2.0 at 16x but 8x in CFx but since your not doing CFx then the bottom PCIe 2.0 should still be 16x...
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December 15, 2013 12:10:00 PM

legendkiller said:
It's not your SSD then... Try switching your graphic card into another slot, there's two PCIe 2.0 at 16x but 8x in CFx but since your not doing CFx then the bottom PCIe 2.0 should still be 16x...


Thanks for the reply. The 2 PCIe slots actually run at 8x on top and 16x on the bottom with a single card set up. I currently have my card in the bottom one.

I was gong to give that a shot after trying some other things:
The first was to change the priority video device order in the BIOS with GFX0 first. I did this, rebooted, and saw no difference.
Then I disabled integrated video in the BIOS. again no difference, but then I had the system freeze up after start up.
I turned the Integrated graphics back on in the BIOS. rebooted. It froze again as soon as I entered my desktop.

I opened up the tower and removed connection to all internal HDDs and kept the SSD with the OS plugged in. No freezing....and Bordelands 2 (installed on the SSD) is running at 60FPS. So I thought it must a HDD messing something up.
nope.

I shutdown and reconnected SATA to one of the HDDs. start up. launch BL2. it works. 60fps.
repeat the same process for the next HDD. same thing. working fine.
repeated again for the last HDD, and again it works just fine.

I am at a loss as to what was causing this mess. Maybe one of SATA connections is wonky. dunno

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a b G Storage
December 15, 2013 5:32:19 PM

meatdraw said:
legendkiller said:
It's not your SSD then... Try switching your graphic card into another slot, there's two PCIe 2.0 at 16x but 8x in CFx but since your not doing CFx then the bottom PCIe 2.0 should still be 16x...


Thanks for the reply. The 2 PCIe slots actually run at 8x on top and 16x on the bottom with a single card set up. I currently have my card in the bottom one.

I was gong to give that a shot after trying some other things:
The first was to change the priority video device order in the BIOS with GFX0 first. I did this, rebooted, and saw no difference.
Then I disabled integrated video in the BIOS. again no difference, but then I had the system freeze up after start up.
I turned the Integrated graphics back on in the BIOS. rebooted. It froze again as soon as I entered my desktop.

I opened up the tower and removed connection to all internal HDDs and kept the SSD with the OS plugged in. No freezing....and Bordelands 2 (installed on the SSD) is running at 60FPS. So I thought it must a HDD messing something up.
nope.

I shutdown and reconnected SATA to one of the HDDs. start up. launch BL2. it works. 60fps.
repeat the same process for the next HDD. same thing. working fine.
repeated again for the last HDD, and again it works just fine.

I am at a loss as to what was causing this mess. Maybe one of SATA connections is wonky. dunno



There's no way it's the HDD, seems impossible... Good luck having it work now lol... You should use CCleaner just to clear unwanted files and junk...
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