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Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Stuttering/FPS issues

Hello all,

I recently bought an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and the card seemed dead. I would get low resolutions and 16bit graphics when I booted up. I returned the card and got a new one and now the card seems to work but is stuttering when I actually go to play a game and the FPS are really low.

My system is:

GPU: MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
CPU: Intel i7 4770K @ 3.5GHz
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
PSU: Thermaltake 500W
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I have tried the latest drivers, older drivers, reinstalling the OS, all connections to the card. Different settings, etc. I even lowered the settings within the game and the framerate is still low. I've updated the motherboard drivers as well.

Is there anything else I can try? Any idea what the problem might be?
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  1. I really doubt this is the problem but the PSU you have is not a good brand. It may be OK but I would get a seasonic, EVGA or XFX very soon.

    Can you please list the games you have tried, the FPS you are getting, GPU temp,GPU load, CPU load using task manager and run a scan using Malware Bytes. https://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Also have you tried over clocking your GPU/CPU?
  2. I have not tried overclocking either the GPU or CPU. So far I've only played one game and its Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The FPS on max settings are like 11-20. And even on lower settings, they can go up but as soon as I do something, then it stutters real bad.

    For temps and loads I'd have to get back to you.
  3. Nereid said:
    I have not tried overclocking either the GPU or CPU. So far I've only played one game and its Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The FPS on max settings are like 11-20. And even on lower settings, they can go up but as soon as I do something, then it stutters real bad.

    For temps and loads I'd have to get back to you.


    Take your time. Also run a scan for viruses with what I linked.
  4. Got nothing on the virus scan.

    CPU usage between 20-40%. GPU temp/load not listed in task manager.
  5. Nereid said:
    Got nothing on the virus scan.

    CPU usage between 20-40%. GPU temp/load not listed in task manager.


    Is this the usage when Idle (Not playing any games) if so that seems odd. But if it is when gaming nothing out of the ordinary. Your CPU is in no way bottlenecking a 760.

    I have a feeling that the problem isn't the card. My money is on either the PSU not putting out the power as advertised, a faulty motherboard or the possibility of faulty RAM.

    Do you have any other RAM that works well?

    I hope I'm not taking to long to reply. Please be patient :)
  6. Thats while playing the game. So yeah not out of the ordinary.

    I unplugged some drives and peripherals and tried the game with the only the most basic things powered on, seemed to improve FPS a bit. I did notice that the PSU is 600W and not 500W. Thats my mistake. But because of that I feel like its less likely the problem is the PSU. I kind of want to buy a more powerful/respected PSU but I'm worried that may not be the problem and I'd be spending extra money.

    Also, I don't mind your time, I'm thankful for any and all replies and help.
  7. Nereid said:
    Thats while playing the game. So yeah not out of the ordinary.

    I unplugged some drives and peripherals and tried the game with the only the most basic things powered on, seemed to improve FPS a bit. I did notice that the PSU is 600W and not 500W. Thats my mistake. But because of that I feel like its less likely the problem is the PSU. I kind of want to buy a more powerful/respected PSU but I'm worried that may not be the problem and I'd be spending extra money.

    Also, I don't mind your time, I'm thankful for any and all replies and help.


    I agree. It mostly likely is not the PSU. You could check for RAM issues using

    Windows Memory Diagnostic It is included with windows.

    If that doesn't appear to be the problem then were looking at the motherboard.
    Hopefully you are prepared to buy a new motherboard if need be.
  8. Memory test didn't show any issues. Great suggestion though.

    I am buying this today http://www.microcenter.com/product/406089/CX_Series_CX750M_750_Watt_ATX_Modular_Power_Supply to test it.

    If that doesn't work then yeah, I'll have to buy a new motherboard. Any recommendations based on my system?
  9. Best answer
    Nereid said:
    Memory test didn't show any issues. Great suggestion though.

    I am buying this today http://www.microcenter.com/product/406089/CX_Series_CX750M_750_Watt_ATX_Modular_Power_Supply to test it.

    If that doesn't work then yeah, I'll have to buy a new motherboard. Any recommendations based on my system?


    It depends on how much you are willing to spend.
    The new Z97 boards are out so I would get one of those. They allow more overclocking. Note: Reading some reviews on the motherboard you picked. People are complaining about faults and problems with video display. You have an expensive CPU so I would get something along these lines.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97extreme4 is what I am getting. No reviews yet? Well it is brand new.

    If you want something a little more trusted but older and the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157369&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    I can try to find something cheaper but that price is actually really good.

    Also the gigabyte g1.Sniper z97 is good,
  10. You were right. The power supply was not the issue. I bought the one I listed and while I did see an improvement, the main issues persist.

    I've spent $350 so far on graphics card and power supply. I'm trying to decide whether I should spend another $150 on this motherboard.

    Thank you for all your help and suggestions. I'm gonna go think about what I should do.
  11. Nereid said:
    You were right. The power supply was not the issue. I bought the one I listed and while I did see an improvement, the main issues persist.

    I've spent $350 so far on graphics card and power supply. I'm trying to decide whether I should spend another $150 on this motherboard.

    Thank you for all your help and suggestions. I'm gonna go think about what I should do.


    No problem. Keep in mind I have been gaming on an old alienware m11x for years and get like 16 fps on Gmod.
    XD
  12. As an advice, never be cheap on the mobo you get, it's what connects all the hardware in a PC, and what more often will cause bottlenecks. I'd recommend to go for a 150+ mobo but staying below 200, like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130693 that had very good awards, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132046 also a solid performer, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157371 that one is cool as well.

    If you think you can spend more, you could go for a MSI GD-65 Gaming or even an ASUS Maximus VI Hero. ;)
  13. 6R1M01R3 said:
    As an advice, never be cheap on the mobo you get, it's what connects all the hardware in a PC, and what more often will cause bottlenecks. I'd recommend to go for a 150+ mobo but staying below 200, like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130693 that had very good awards, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132046 also a solid performer, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157371 that one is cool as well.

    If you think you can spend more, you could go for a MSI GD-65 Gaming or even an ASUS Maximus VI Hero. ;)


    I believe every board I listed was at least $150
  14. Hi everyone,

    I believe I have an answer to this frustrating problem. I was doing just fine with my Nvidia GEFORCE GTX 760 for over a year and for no apparent reason, the video started stuttering badly in Battlefield 4. I tried ~everything~ to fix it --updated drivers, unloaded programs & services, tweaked the card with EVGA's Precision-X program and Nvidia's control panel. Nothing worked. I read all the message boards and everyone else seemed to be as baffled by this problem as myself. Well, I did not give up. Are you ready for this???

    What I discovered is that the solution lies in your CMOS settings. First thing you want to do is set your video Frame size to its maximum value. Mine was set to 128MB and I increased it to 1GB. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I went it to the ~Processor Optimization~ section and TURNED OFF "Hyper-Threading" and all processor optimizations and power-saving what-ever's.

    Upon rebooting and going back into Battlefield, I now have crisp, SMOOTH frames --even at the "Ultra" quality settings. The game has never played so fast ever! It is simply amazing how hyper-threading killed my game's performance. Apparently, simultaneous multithreading (SMT) increases cache thrashing and many coders are abandoning it in favor of out-of-order execution which is said to give better performance. Give it a try. It's an easy fix your frame-skipping woes.

    -gwh731


    Nereid said:
    Hello all,

    I recently bought an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and the card seemed dead. I would get low resolutions and 16bit graphics when I booted up. I returned the card and got a new one and now the card seems to work but is stuttering when I actually go to play a game and the FPS are really low.

    My system is:

    GPU: MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
    CPU: Intel i7 4770K @ 3.5GHz
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
    PSU: Thermaltake 500W
    OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit

    I have tried the latest drivers, older drivers, reinstalling the OS, all connections to the card. Different settings, etc. I even lowered the settings within the game and the framerate is still low. I've updated the motherboard drivers as well.

    Is there anything else I can try? Any idea what the problem might be?
  15. I have an asrock p67 pro MOBO and can't find the settings In bios. Are they common settings for all graphics cards. Help
  16. So, this is the first thing that I saw that made sense and was cheap to test. Cause I don't have that many spare parts lying around just waiting here to be tested. Here are my specs and my problem:

    Geforce GTX 760 [zotac]
    Intel I5 4440 3.10GHz
    Motherboard: Asus B85M-E/BR
    RAM: corsair vengeance 8gb & 4GB DDR3 1600
    psu: TR2 600W
    OS: W10 pro
    2 monitors 25"

    I got this setup there's more than one year I belive? before that I had a RAMPAGE GENE IV, but it got torched and I had to exchange motherboard [a cheaper one, unfortunately] and processor as well[²], after that I started having problems with FPS in all my games, but I also didnt have time to play so I just got over it ( after months of several drivers, fixes, and shits ). Yesterday It got on my nerves and I started looking for a solution that didn't involve zotac warranty , nor exchanging my videoboard, cause it was fucking expensive and I cannot afford another right now. I stumbled upon this post and went digging. That's exactly what I changed on my bios settings settings:

    http://i.imgur.com/0q4GGiA.jpg

    I couldn't find anything related to hyper threading, apparently my processor model doesnt have that shit anymore, didn't bother looking why, yet.
    And I also couldn't find anything on Video frame values? But what I COULD find, was a fuckton of power/efficiency/speed/whatnot management for my processor. I didnt turn everything off, but I turned those that I found more appropriate... [cause im a very qualified professional... pff]. But fuck that, TA Fuc***** DAH, it worked!
    I went from crazy 40/70 fps on GW2, with those damn stutters of 7FPS (SEVEN#%@¨), that werent' really stutters cause they never recovered to 80/190!!!! (shit doesnt stabilize for fuck, it depends at what im looking at in the game atm, water, cities full of players, rock landscapes), and it doesnt just drop anymore.
    I got minor stutters, when Im looking at gifs in one of 20 chrome abs, changing windows seem to cause some minor shit too, but I cannot complain, game is superb s2.
    Ah, my motherboard also keeps changing my ddr to 1333, even tho its 1600 so i changed that too.

    Grade A advice there dude, thanks a lot!


    Hi everyone,

    I believe I have an answer to this frustrating problem. I was doing just fine with my Nvidia GEFORCE GTX 760 for over a year and for no apparent reason, the video started stuttering badly in Battlefield 4. I tried ~everything~ to fix it --updated drivers, unloaded programs & services, tweaked the card with EVGA's Precision-X program and Nvidia's control panel. Nothing worked. I read all the message boards and everyone else seemed to be as baffled by this problem as myself. Well, I did not give up. Are you ready for this???

    What I discovered is that the solution lies in your CMOS settings. First thing you want to do is set your video Frame size to its maximum value. Mine was set to 128MB and I increased it to 1GB. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I went it to the ~Processor Optimization~ section and TURNED OFF "Hyper-Threading" and all processor optimizations and power-saving what-ever's.

    Upon rebooting and going back into Battlefield, I now have crisp, SMOOTH frames --even at the "Ultra" quality settings. The game has never played so fast ever! It is simply amazing how hyper-threading killed my game's performance. Apparently, simultaneous multithreading (SMT) increases cache thrashing and many coders are abandoning it in favor of out-of-order execution which is said to give better performance. Give it a try. It's an easy fix your frame-skipping woes.

    -gwh731


    Hello all,

    I recently bought an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and the card seemed dead. I would get low resolutions and 16bit graphics when I booted up. I returned the card and got a new one and now the card seems to work but is stuttering when I actually go to play a game and the FPS are really low.

    My system is:

    GPU: MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
    CPU: Intel i7 4770K @ 3.5GHz
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
    PSU: Thermaltake 500W
    OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit

    I have tried the latest drivers, older drivers, reinstalling the OS, all connections to the card. Different settings, etc. I even lowered the settings within the game and the framerate is still low. I've updated the motherboard drivers as well.

    Is there anything else I can try? Any idea what the problem might be?

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