Specifically in Skyrim and Batman AA - fraps shows a fps of between 50 and 60, regardless of settings (default/auto detect is high) with higher load areas dropping to the mid 40s. Then, seemingly randomly, it will drop to single digits for only a split second and start climbing back up to the 50s. Thats just long enough to lag me into ragequit mode. This didnt happen in Win XP, but has only started since installing Win7 (64bit). Anyone know what the issue is or where the bottleneck is coming from?
My set up:
ASRock M3A770DE (latest bios)
Phenom II X4 B50
8 GB of 1600 DDR3 Ram
Asus Radeon 6850 (latest drivers from AMD)
HW Monitor shows my temps arent a problem. Ive also played while having my anti virus (AVG) turned off - no increase in game performance.
I changed the 6850 out with a 6450 and there was little change. Obviously the 6450 cant handle the graphics load the 6850 could, but in windowed mode (800x500) with graphics set to low the frame drop is still very much there. With the 6450 the frames would be steady somewhere in the high 20s to low 30s, and then make random drops to around 10. This wasnt quite as noticeable as with the 6850 but that may be because the frame rate had a low threshold to begin with. Ive tried to limit the FPS with MSI Afterburner as well, no dice.
I ordered a new storage Hard Drive (needed more space anyways) and I'll see if that may resolve the issue. Also ordered a cooler master 212+ to replace my stock cpu fan and heatsink.
The drop occurs regardless of if Fraps is running - also tried MSI Afterburner and running with no frame rate software at all. Noticeable downward spike regardless of software or settings (does it on ultra and on low).
I dont remember this being any near this bad when the OS was XP Pro. Upgraded to Win 7 and the drop is very noticeable. The system is good enough to run Skyrim on LOW without the FPS dropping to 5 randomly.
Playing Skyrim with my system I too experience this quick lag. My guess is it's in the game on how fast in loads up every area it enters.
He is correct. Skyrim/Fallout 3/Fallout New Vegas/Oblivion load the different parts of the map as you go. Very annoying. In Oblivion it was even worse cause every like 100 feet the game would actually stop and say "loading" in the bottom right.
I know the difference between loading lag and whatever the heck this is.
NEW DEVELOPMENT: If I disconnect my monitor (DVI) and connect my PC directly to my TV (HDMI), I can run Skyrim smoothly. Even on Ultra I average well over 50 fps in most areas and never drop under 30 fps.
So what could be causing that? The monitor seems to be functioning fine otherwise and video playback remains steady at 60 fps.