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March 2, 2012 1:06:51 AM

While playing certain games I keep getting random lag spikes I've checked my grfx temps and my cpu temps and im fairly sure its not a heat issue. I am also confident that it is not a driver issue as I've updated my gfx drivers regularly causing nothing to change. the two games I notice this problem in are crysis 2 and bf3 im not sure but i think it might happen in others just havent got round to checking yet when im playing in either game i get above 60 fps on max but then i experience huge fps crashes down to 10 fps or lower sometimes 1 or 0 then it recovers BF3 is slightly worse than crysis and is unplayable were the crysis 2 lags are more of a minor nuisance.

specs
CPU i7 230 oc'd
GPU 2x 5870s
RAM 6GB RAM
750 Watt PSU

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March 2, 2012 1:35:24 AM

Most of the time when you get lags is cause from heat. Are you checking your temps from the CCC or a program? I saw people here that said that it wasn't heat and it turned out to be heat.

What is your PSU brand and model? That would also cause your problems. Another posible problem is your OC'ing is unstable. Try turning eveything back to normal settings.

Then there is possibility it is one of your GPU's going out. In the order I have stated would be the first thing then the GPU would be my last guess. So lets start with heat.

Tell me what you are using to check heat timps? Then the PSU?
March 2, 2012 1:39:35 AM

DM186 said:
Most of the time when you get lags is cause from heat. Are you checking your temps from the CCC or a program? I saw people here that said that it wasn't heat and it turned out to be heat.

What is your PSU brand and model? That would also cause your problems. Another posible problem is your OC'ing is unstable. Try turning eveything back to normal settings.

Then there is possibility it is one of your GPU's going out. In the order I have stated would be the first thing then the GPU would be my last guess. So lets start with heat.

Tell me what you are using to check heat timps? Then the PSU?


I use ccc for gpu temps and then core temp for the cpu, btw putting the CPU back to standard levels doesnt change anything ive just tried. my PSU is a Corsair hx ill be able to get more details a bit later but i cant get to my pc atm.
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March 2, 2012 2:17:07 AM

Why don't you try another program to check your temps, like MSI Afterburner. Also do a Mem test on your ram. You also can do a stress test on your GPU with MSI kombustor.

I will link you with these programs. How old is your rig? and when was the last time you cleaned out all the dust from inside your rig? Believe it or not dust can cause a lot of problems.

So here are the links and I hope that it is something simple. Oh yeah your PSU is a nice one. I don't need any more Info. Good luck

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

http://www.memtest.org/

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/

http://www.ozone3d.net/msi_kombustor/
March 2, 2012 2:19:33 AM

thanks man is there a way to test PSU just in case i cant find any other problems?
March 2, 2012 8:26:33 PM

Hmmm its not a heat issue ive monitored the CPU temps and put the GPU on a 20 min stress test and they were fine. I've had 3 suggestions from friends that it could be a HDD, RAM or MoBo problem how good are these ideas?
March 3, 2012 11:28:27 PM

Do the mem test for your ram. The only way to test your PSU is with a volt metter. Or do it the hard way try your PSU in another rig. Or try another PSU in yours. If the problem isn't any to those two.

That is when you take it in to the shop and have a tech look at it. PC'ing can cost you money. If it turnes out to be your MOBO and you have to replace make sure that your new MOBO will work with what you have.

Of corse your HDD should be easy to do just buy another HDD so you have two on the one rig. I have two plus I can add up to 10 all together. I hope you figure it out and not be out a lot of money. Let me know Ok?
March 5, 2012 1:24:30 PM

I ran memtest there were no errors, one odd thing I have found is by removing one of my cards my performance although it decreases stabilizes i don't get fps drops anymore. Im going to test the other card solo as well to see if its that one causing the issues if its not I don't really know how to proceed.
March 5, 2012 3:54:10 PM

ok both cards solo work fine so im gonna try them combined and see if its a crossfire connector problem