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Games stuttering

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July 28, 2008 12:50:53 PM

I have recently setup a new system and am having an issue with games. For the first 5 minutes they run fine, but then i start to get stuttering every few seconds with the frame rates dropping to single figures. At first i wondered if it was the built in audio card as the sound popped as well, but i changed card and ran without and still had the same issue.

Any ideas would be appreciated as otherwise it is a nice system that just needs to game.

MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard
Core 2 Duo E6400
2x1GB Corsair PC5400
2x1Gb Micron PC5400
eVga 8800 GS
2 x Seagate 160 SATA

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July 28, 2008 1:20:42 PM

How hot is your CPU and GPU getting?
Sounds like something is heating up being throttled back.
July 28, 2008 1:46:33 PM

Could be running out of VRAM. That used to happen to me all the time on my 320MB 8800GTS. NVIDIA cards like at least 512MB.
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July 28, 2008 1:49:29 PM

What software is the best to monitor this as the included software from MSI does not work correctly under Vista?
July 28, 2008 1:51:11 PM

could be memory related, have you tried alt-tabbing out of the game then back into the game?
July 28, 2008 2:15:57 PM

I had heard that on the vram but even on old games like Battlefield 2 & 2142 its stuttering which worked fine on my old 256mb card at the same resolutions.
July 28, 2008 3:21:07 PM

jmltapp said:
I had heard that on the vram but even on old games like Battlefield 2 & 2142 its stuttering which worked fine on my old 256mb card at the same resolutions.

What model was your old card?

Check out this old thread for more details on the 8800 series memory management bug. It was supposedly resolved at some point with a driver update, at least for DX9 games. You'll even see me raving in the last post that the driver fixed my issue in WiC. Well it didn't fix the issue in other games, and I eventually had to drop the 320MB GTS for a 512MB 8800GT.

I haven't recommended an NVIDIA card with <512MB since :) 
July 28, 2008 3:42:29 PM

I have run between a few, the 7600GS with 256 and the Radeon X1600 with 256mb. I only game at resolutions of 1024x768 or 1280x1024. Before i got this card i was running an 8400gs on really low settings on BF2142 and had the same issue so wonder if something else is amiss.
July 28, 2008 3:53:14 PM

ima have to agree with jit on this

see how how your cpu is getting, maybe you didnt seat it correctly
July 28, 2008 4:00:07 PM

What software would you recommend to test it, and what ranges should an E6400 Conroe be between?
July 28, 2008 4:36:40 PM

SpeedFan or Core Temp will work, although I admit I haven't played with any of these utilities in quite some time. The joys of setting up a stable long-term overclock :) 

I don't recall the specific operating temperatures for Conroe, but a quick Google should suffice.
July 29, 2008 12:05:15 AM

Ok my cores are running at 57c while not under stress. From what i am reading this sounds very high.
July 29, 2008 2:15:47 AM

Ok guys you can all slap me and call me stupid. Guess who left the plastic shield over the heatsink when he installed it :)  Guess i know why i repair computers for a living and not my own :) 

Thanks for all the help :)