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Minor Stuttering Issue

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July 29, 2011 2:39:45 PM

After doing a fresh install of windows I am now having issues with stuttering in all my games. Except its not anything I have experienced before. I'm primarily playing Black Ops and TF2 atm. During cutscenes especially and at the start of a level I am getting micro stutters as if the system is having issues loading the data fast enough. Quickly the issue goes away but its mildly irritating to say the least.

My Windows Index scores are all 7.8-7.9 except for my Disk Transfer which is sitting at 6.8. Funny since I have a SSD for my OS and another HD for games. This issue was not a problem prior to my reinstall. I have the latest ATI drivers, tried disabling my sound card, moved my page file to the second harddrive, updated all drivers, killed all systems/startup issues, defraged, and kicked my cat several times and the issue is still there.

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System Information
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Time of this report: 7/29/2011, 09:36:49
Machine name: SEAN-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110408-1631)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD
System Model: MS-7577
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 1327MB used, 8905MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x6898)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6898&SUBSYS_29611682&REV_00
Display Memory: 2805 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1014 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: HD2200
Monitor Id: GWY08A6
Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (59.954Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1086 (English)
Driver Version: 8.872.0.0
DDI Version: 11
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/7/2011 22:28:26, 814592 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-2BD8-11CF-0C71-6B09BEC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x6898
SubSys ID: 0x29611682
Revision ID: 0x0000
Driver Strong Name: oem2.inf:ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1:ati2mtag_Evergreen:8.872.0.0:p ci\ven_1002&dev_6898
Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C

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July 29, 2011 3:31:29 PM

Well, stutters are usually caused if you're components are overheating. Have you checked your temps for your GPU ? Download HWMonitor.
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July 29, 2011 3:45:40 PM

Havent checked the temp on the GPU but the issue is there even if my computer has been turned off all night long, fired up, and go directly into a game. Same issue is present if I game for a solid two hours. The stuttering only happens during cutscenes or the first 5-20 seconds of gaming during a new level.

Ill try the HWmonitor but I'm sure overheating is not an issue.
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July 29, 2011 3:59:58 PM

Stressed the card and CPU... cards sitting at 58 and CPU at 42
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July 29, 2011 4:02:08 PM

sean1138 said:
Stressed the card and CPU... cards sitting at 58 and CPU at 42

What's the temperature while gaming on that GPU ?
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July 29, 2011 4:07:35 PM

Well, the temps are okay. How much RAM does your PC use while running games ? How much RAM is left free ?
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July 29, 2011 4:11:52 PM

Roughly 2000 used 2000 Free. 4GB total.
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July 29, 2011 4:18:11 PM

defrag your hdd and organise it. with an app like ultimate defrag. you can move all your games to the front of the drive and put your o.s at the back. you will get a nominal slowdown on the o.s but your games will play smoother.

also your windows experiance index is off. your cpu should only be around 7.4 at most as a 955 clocks in at 7.3 and an i7 which is over 20% stronger runs at 7.6-7.8 so something is off.
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July 29, 2011 4:20:00 PM

The OP already did that
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I have the latest ATI drivers, tried disabling my sound card, moved my page file to the second harddrive, updated all drivers, killed all systems/startup issues, defraged, and kicked my cat several times and the issue is still there.
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July 29, 2011 4:23:15 PM

Also, WEI scores aren't really that accurate. I don't usually pay any sorts of attention to them, apart from the ratings being a bit too off the charts sometimes. No one really gets a 7.9 for a HDD. Don't know why.
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July 29, 2011 4:29:51 PM

CPU is 7.4 ... but yeah my games run smooth as butter its just in the beginning they stutter as if they are having issues loading everything fast enough. This issue wasn't here several days ago before the reformat. Black Ops cutscenes are the worst affected. They stutter around then settle down. Then actual game loads in... minor stuttering then fine... then a large part of the map is being loaded in... stutter then back to butter.
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July 29, 2011 4:43:52 PM

What OS did you use before and now ?
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July 29, 2011 5:47:42 PM

Its the same. Just did a reinstall. Win 7 64 Pro
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July 30, 2011 2:59:42 AM

ah rite i get you what your seeing is the cpu moving from low power to high power mode. go into windows power options and set the cpu minimum to 50 or 100 percent and see if that makes a diff. if it does then turn off cool and quiet or what ever your power saving is called in bios.
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August 3, 2011 7:03:18 PM

Cool and Quiet was already disabled. This is starting to become maddening. Nothing was changed hardware wise. Just a simple reinstall of windows. :pt1cable:  :cry: 
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