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Games get fps drops when longer I play on them in the session.

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January 8, 2014 8:51:32 AM

Hello. Whenever I play games on my PC they start with no lag, and everything is fine. But, as time goes on, after about an hour and so, my fps just slowly drops. For example, I was playing CS:S this morning. I played it for about an hour. At first my FPS was around 30, and when I stopped playing it was about 16. It slowly drops down, and does this for every game I own. usually the fps drops happen at the same time for the more graphic intensive games (like Tera or Skyrim) and less intensive, older games (Like Jedi academy and Cs:s). It isn't only just this, sometimes my graphics driver stops responding and crashes then recovers. It has been doing this for about a year, so around 2 months ago I decided to upgrade my graphics card because I thought that might be the problem. (Used to have an nvidia gtx 550, upgraded to the R9 280x 3gb). It is nearly impossible to play games competitively because of this, and makes it hard to enjoy them most of the time. Does anyone know what is going on or how to fix this? And by the way, my card still sometimes crashes then recoveres with my new card, but not as frequent as it used to. The fps drops obviously still persist. I'll post my specs:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Processor
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
RAM: 16gb
Graphics card: R9 280x 3gb
PSU: 650 watt

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January 8, 2014 8:55:27 AM

You should be getting like 300 fps in CS:S So something is very wrong with your gpu
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January 8, 2014 9:09:49 AM

Sounds like one of a few different problems:

1.) Your R9 280x is overheating as time goes on. Is it overclocked? If not, try underclocking it. Did your games do something similar with the gtx 550?

2.) If it did do something similar, you may be getting bottlenecked by your CPU. I'm not a fan of people constantly saying "just upgrade your graphics card, the games don't really use it." Some graphics cards cannot run at their full potential because the cpu is holding them back. Games like Skyrim or many of the newer releases also use alot of cpu power. This wouldn't explain why counter strike or jedi academy aren't running well, however. Make sure the temps are okay on the cpu, and run some diagnostics to see how well it is running.

3.) Make sure your drivers are up to date on everything.

Also, what resolution are you running the games at? If it is 4k or 1440p, you may be running out of vram. Just wondering.
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January 8, 2014 9:18:44 AM

mjranew said:
Sounds like one of a few different problems:

1.) Your R9 280x is overheating as time goes on. Is it overclocked? If not, try underclocking it. Did your games do something similar with the gtx 550?

2.) If it did do something similar, you may be getting bottlenecked by your CPU. I'm not a fan of people constantly saying "just upgrade your graphics card, the games don't really use it." Some graphics cards cannot run at their full potential because the cpu is holding them back. Games like Skyrim or many of the newer releases also use alot of cpu power. This wouldn't explain why counter strike or jedi academy aren't running well, however. Make sure the temps are okay on the cpu, and run some diagnostics to see how well it is running.

3.) Make sure your drivers are up to date on everything.

Also, what resolution are you running the games at? If it is 4k or 1440p, you may be running out of vram. Just wondering.


Thanks for the reply.
1. I underlocked it and still no. And yes, I had the same problems on my gtx 550.
2. My cpu stays at around 50-60C while playing so I don't think it is overheating.
3. Everything is up-to date. This has been happening for ages.

As for resolution, I play at 1920x1080 normally, but on Jedi academy I have to play at 800x600 and it still lags when I play it for an extended amount.
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January 9, 2014 12:54:05 AM

What brand is your power supply? You might not be getting enough power to your gpu
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January 26, 2014 5:29:29 PM

Ok update, it isn't all my games. I found out it ONLY happens on steam games. Every other game is fine and doesn't get fps drops. I still have no idea how to fix, sent a message to steam support but no reply yet. Sorry for the long wait. But it isn't my pc, it is my steam.
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January 27, 2014 12:46:36 AM

You should try disabling steam overlay in steam options, Sometimes this can cause some issues.
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January 27, 2014 6:35:36 AM

ah! I think I have fixed it. I had to redownload the files and the steam application, but not delete my steamapps. Thanks for the help everyone!
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