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R7 250 GPU Frame Rate Drop For No Reason

I just bought a brand new Sapphire R7 250 GPU, the 1 GB Gddr5 version. I know this is not a top of the line card but it is decent, or supposed to be. I will be playing a game, say Borderlands 2 for a while, 50 fps no problem with settings on medium to high. Out of nowhere the fps will drop to 5 and the GPU will be maxed out 100% according to my afterburner software anyway. It will usually go back after a couple mins but only after alt tabbing a couple times. My specs are athlon x3 440 tri core, 6 GB of ddr2 ram, and sapphire radeon R7 250 1gb gddr5 GPU. Also I always make sure I'm noir running any other programs while I'm playing games and my old GPU, a gt 520, worked fine with almost same settings. And that is a way cheaper GPU. PLEASE HELP!!
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  1. Monitor temperature and see where they max during gameplay. Your psu may be faulty as well.
  2. d1rtydeedz said:
    Monitor temperature and see where they max during gameplay. Your psu may be faulty as well.


    Yeah I do monitor temp, it never goes above 50 degrees c. Would it be a bad PSU if my last card worked OK? I have a 400 w corsair. The R7 250 says that is the minimum for it. I have a spare 680w PSU, you think I should change it out?
  3. I'd give it a try and see.
  4. Yes change it if you have something like the 680w PSU.I think the PSU is causing the troubles
  5. d1rtydeedz said:
    I'd give it a try and see.


    I will try, and let you know. Thanks for the quick reply.
  6. subhadeep082012-1331288 said:
    Yes change it if you have something like the 680w PSU.I think the PSU is causing the troubles


    What about if I increase the power limit percentage on my afterburner software? I just realized there is an option for it. It was set at zero, it will let me go up to 20%. Do you think that will matter or should I even try it?
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    hansel81 said:
    subhadeep082012-1331288 said:
    Yes change it if you have something like the 680w PSU.I think the PSU is causing the troubles


    What about if I increase the power limit percentage on my afterburner software? I just realized there is an option for it. It was set at zero, it will let me go up to 20%. Do you think that will matter or should I even try it?


    Yes you should try it
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