Why am I getting occasional fps drops in some of my games?

I built a new PC roughly 1 and a half years ago. For about 4 months now I've been noticing these occasional drops in performance. By this I mean I'll be playing a game such as sleeping dogs or something of the like at a perfect 60 fps. after maybe about 20 minutes of game time the frames will drop for about 5 seconds before shooting up. The severity of the drops seem to depend on the game, sleeping dogs usually drops to 20 fps whereas Goat simulator ( Shut up ) goes to about 5.

I have considered temperature but I noticed that at one drop the cpu and graphics card were only around 45 degrees.

I have performed disk defragments, cleanups, virus scans and updating graphics drivers, all to no avail.

Specs

AMD Radeon 7900 series
AMD FX-8350 eight core processor
8 GB RAM
Windows 8 64 bit
ASUS M5A 78L-M USB3 Motherboard

I'd really appreciate any help since this is really fustrating and making me feel like I'm just wasting money on this system
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  1. Suplex said:
    I built a new PC roughly 1 and a half years ago. For about 4 months now I've been noticing these occasional drops in performance. By this I mean I'll be playing a game such as sleeping dogs or something of the like at a perfect 60 fps. after maybe about 20 minutes of game time the frames will drop for about 5 seconds before shooting up. The severity of the drops seem to depend on the game, sleeping dogs usually drops to 20 fps whereas Goat simulator ( Shut up ) goes to about 5.

    I have considered temperature but I noticed that at one drop the cpu and graphics card were only around 45 degrees.

    I have performed disk defragments, cleanups, virus scans and updating graphics drivers, all to no avail.

    Specs

    AMD Radeon 7900 series
    AMD FX-8350 eight core processor
    8 GB RAM
    Windows 8 64 bit
    ASUS M5A 78L-M USB3 Motherboard

    I'd really appreciate any help since this is really fustrating and making me feel like I'm just wasting money on this system


    I am not that sure about ur problem but i would recommend u to install windows 8.1 and update ur game to latest patches and also get 13.12 driver not the beta one I hope this helps.. U might also want to turn down AA(Anti Aliasing) in game

    I m surprised why is no 1 replying to above guysz This is pretty weird For tom's hardwqare
  2. sahil8752 said:
    Suplex said:
    I built a new PC roughly 1 and a half years ago. For about 4 months now I've been noticing these occasional drops in performance. By this I mean I'll be playing a game such as sleeping dogs or something of the like at a perfect 60 fps. after maybe about 20 minutes of game time the frames will drop for about 5 seconds before shooting up. The severity of the drops seem to depend on the game, sleeping dogs usually drops to 20 fps whereas Goat simulator ( Shut up ) goes to about 5.

    I have considered temperature but I noticed that at one drop the cpu and graphics card were only around 45 degrees.

    I have performed disk defragments, cleanups, virus scans and updating graphics drivers, all to no avail.

    Specs

    AMD Radeon 7900 series
    AMD FX-8350 eight core processor
    8 GB RAM
    Windows 8 64 bit
    ASUS M5A 78L-M USB3 Motherboard

    I'd really appreciate any help since this is really fustrating and making me feel like I'm just wasting money on this system


    I am not that sure about ur problem but i would recommend u to install windows 8.1 and update ur game to latest patches and also get 13.12 driver not the beta one I hope this helps.. U might also want to turn down AA(Anti Aliasing) in game

    I m surprised why is no 1 replying to above guysz This is pretty weird For tom's hardwqare


    Yeah I've tried all that stuff before, Windows 8.1 didn't really seem to do much and I had 13.12 to start with and then updated to the beta drives hoping they would change something, they didn't. And it appears that settings have absolutely no effect on when or how severely they occur.

    Thank you so much for trying though, I'd take any help I could get at this point
  3. Suplex said:
    sahil8752 said:
    Suplex said:
    I built a new PC roughly 1 and a half years ago. For about 4 months now I've been noticing these occasional drops in performance. By this I mean I'll be playing a game such as sleeping dogs or something of the like at a perfect 60 fps. after maybe about 20 minutes of game time the frames will drop for about 5 seconds before shooting up. The severity of the drops seem to depend on the game, sleeping dogs usually drops to 20 fps whereas Goat simulator ( Shut up ) goes to about 5.

    I have considered temperature but I noticed that at one drop the cpu and graphics card were only around 45 degrees.

    I have performed disk defragments, cleanups, virus scans and updating graphics drivers, all to no avail.

    Specs

    AMD Radeon 7900 series
    AMD FX-8350 eight core processor
    8 GB RAM
    Windows 8 64 bit
    ASUS M5A 78L-M USB3 Motherboard

    I'd really appreciate any help since this is really fustrating and making me feel like I'm just wasting money on this system


    I am not that sure about ur problem but i would recommend u to install windows 8.1 and update ur game to latest patches and also get 13.12 driver not the beta one I hope this helps.. U might also want to turn down AA(Anti Aliasing) in game

    I m surprised why is no 1 replying to above guysz This is pretty weird For tom's hardwqare


    Yeah I've tried all that stuff before, Windows 8.1 didn't really seem to do much and I had 13.12 to start with and then updated to the beta drives hoping they would change something, they didn't. And it appears that settings have absolutely no effect on when or how severely they occur.

    Thank you so much for trying though, I'd take any help I could get at this point



    i would advice to do a weird thing but will u pls reinsert ur RAM it might just work try it and reset evrything in ur BIOS(on boot press delete key)
  4. sahil8752 said:
    Suplex said:
    sahil8752 said:
    Suplex said:
    I built a new PC roughly 1 and a half years ago. For about 4 months now I've been noticing these occasional drops in performance. By this I mean I'll be playing a game such as sleeping dogs or something of the like at a perfect 60 fps. after maybe about 20 minutes of game time the frames will drop for about 5 seconds before shooting up. The severity of the drops seem to depend on the game, sleeping dogs usually drops to 20 fps whereas Goat simulator ( Shut up ) goes to about 5.

    I have considered temperature but I noticed that at one drop the cpu and graphics card were only around 45 degrees.

    I have performed disk defragments, cleanups, virus scans and updating graphics drivers, all to no avail.

    Specs

    AMD Radeon 7900 series
    AMD FX-8350 eight core processor
    8 GB RAM
    Windows 8 64 bit
    ASUS M5A 78L-M USB3 Motherboard

    I'd really appreciate any help since this is really fustrating and making me feel like I'm just wasting money on this system


    I am not that sure about ur problem but i would recommend u to install windows 8.1 and update ur game to latest patches and also get 13.12 driver not the beta one I hope this helps.. U might also want to turn down AA(Anti Aliasing) in game

    I m surprised why is no 1 replying to above guysz This is pretty weird For tom's hardwqare


    Yeah I've tried all that stuff before, Windows 8.1 didn't really seem to do much and I had 13.12 to start with and then updated to the beta drives hoping they would change something, they didn't. And it appears that settings have absolutely no effect on when or how severely they occur.

    Thank you so much for trying though, I'd take any help I could get at this point



    i would advice to do a weird thing but will u pls reinsert ur RAM it might just work try it and reset evrything in ur BIOS(on boot press delete key)



    How would I go about restarting everything in the BIOS once I'm in there? And will there be any side effects? (Loss of data etc.) I'll give the RAM a go and see what it does.

    Thank you so much for trying to help me :D
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