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March 28, 2014 4:48:29 PM

I just bought a r9 270 and it hasnt been gaming consistently and i found the problem. It will sometimes idle while in game. Does anyone no how to stop this?
If you think you can figure it out add me on skype. JordanMoede. the one with a picture of a colorful fox. thank you

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March 28, 2014 4:51:12 PM

What do you mean idle while in game?
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March 28, 2014 4:59:59 PM

sunder25 said:
What do you mean idle while in game?


It is a amd thing. It is used when you are not gaming to save power
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a b 4 Gaming
March 28, 2014 5:02:51 PM

Jordan Moede said:
sunder25 said:
What do you mean idle while in game?


It is a amd thing. It is used when you are not gaming to save power



What i meant was, does your screen freeze? do you lose fps?
You should be able to change power settings in catalyst controller, but it shouldn't "go idle" while in a game.
Uninstall drivers and install fresh current ones.
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March 28, 2014 5:08:08 PM

sunder25 said:
Jordan Moede said:
sunder25 said:
What do you mean idle while in game?


It is a amd thing. It is used when you are not gaming to save power



What i meant was, does your screen freeze? do you lose fps?
You should be able to change power settings in catalyst controller, but it shouldn't "go idle" while in a game.
Uninstall drivers and install fresh current ones.


Ill lose lots of fps. For example ill run minecraft at about 20 fps and i am looking at the gpu clock monitoring in catalyst and it will occasionally jump to 450 for a brief second and then go back down to 300. It should be running at 925. i have reinstalled drivers multiple times i just now figured out the issue.
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March 28, 2014 5:09:39 PM

It sounds like you're referring to a dual-graphics system AMD Discrete graphics and Intel on-board graphics. If this is the case, then you need not worry. The AMD card is always in use when your gaming window is the active window. However, when you click on any other, non-gaming, window (even to check and see how heavily your AMD card is being used), the AMD card goes idle and the intel graphics take over. To my knowledge, this is by design and there is no way to disable this function.

-Wolf sends
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a b 4 Gaming
March 28, 2014 5:13:36 PM

What you can do is get a MSI afterburner.
It has a gpu usage monitor and gpu frequency monitor with timescale, so you can check what was going on even when you were in game not alt tabbed.
See if the frequency changes/usage percentage correlates with fps drops/issues.
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March 28, 2014 5:18:58 PM

sunder25 said:
Jordan Moede said:
sunder25 said:
What do you mean idle while in game?


It is a amd thing. It is used when you are not gaming to save power



What i meant was, does your screen freeze? do you lose fps?
You should be able to change power settings in catalyst controller, but it shouldn't "go idle" while in a game.
Uninstall drivers and install fresh current ones.


Wolfshadw said:
It sounds like you're referring to a dual-graphics system AMD Discrete graphics and Intel on-board graphics. If this is the case, then you need not worry. The AMD card is always in use when your gaming window is the active window. However, when you click on any other, non-gaming, window (even to check and see how heavily your AMD card is being used), the AMD card goes idle and the intel graphics take over. To my knowledge, this is by design and there is no way to disable this function.

-Wolf sends


It will run low fps while im in the game. even without me clicking something
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March 28, 2014 5:41:48 PM

how are the temperatures and power to the card? have you got good airflow and a decent/powerful enough PSU? is this happening in all games?
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March 28, 2014 5:57:32 PM

jwk3 said:
how are the temperatures and power to the card? have you got good airflow and a decent/powerful enough PSU? is this happening in all games?


the temp never passes 45c and i have a 750 watt psu whitch is plenty.good air flow 2
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March 29, 2014 6:50:04 AM

hmm, what are the rest of your system specs/parts?
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March 29, 2014 10:00:35 AM

The OP could use MSI Afterburner to turn off ULPS which would then have the card run in 3D mode all the time.
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