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Problem with my GTS 250

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January 10, 2010 6:36:26 PM

I've just completed building a new computer, but for some reason when I'm playing any game every 30 seconds or so I get this 3-5 second fps lag then it goes back to normal. Also, while it's lagging I can hear a high pitched noise coming from the video card. I'm using a BFG GTS 250 OC 1gb btw.

Anyone have any idea on what could be wrong?

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January 10, 2010 6:55:29 PM

Motherboard: XFX nForce 750i SLI Extreme
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66gHz
Memory: Corsair XMS2 DDR2 2x2GB RAM
Video Card: BFG Geforce GTS 250 OC 1GB DDR3
PSU: Ultra LSP 550 watt
Hard drive: 1x Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB SATA

Monitor is a Dell 23" 1920x1080
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January 10, 2010 7:47:19 PM

CPU is at ~60C and GPU is at 35C
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January 10, 2010 7:52:33 PM

Your probably maxing out your GTS 250 with that 23" monitor and it could be overheating. Manually raise your GPU fan to 80%, leave out case side pabel too, and then start gaming. If the problem goes away, then you know it was a heat issue. Leaving out the side panel will also help you find where the noise is coming from (could be your GPU capacitors, inspect them for deformed end caps)
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January 10, 2010 7:53:13 PM

The sound if not from the fan is the power stages on the card. You should check your cpu usage and psu if the unit is fit for running your card. If the psu is enough or more and cpu is not at full load then there may be an issue with the card. PS I had this problem first had before so just check the hardware to rule out problems there first.
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January 10, 2010 7:55:14 PM

Yeah stock cooler =/. I'll probably order a new one soon.

And I'll check those things you guys told me to, and will post back.
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January 10, 2010 8:06:16 PM

Yeah there shouldn't be a problem with the power supply. The card requires 475 watts and 26A on the 12V. The power supply has 550 watt and 30A on the 12V.

How do I manually change the speed of the GPU fan?
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January 10, 2010 8:16:13 PM

VCore: 1.08
3.3V: 3.31
5V: 4.92
12V: 12.32
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January 10, 2010 8:23:56 PM

itzdielawn said:
Yeah there shouldn't be a problem with the power supply. The card requires 475 watts and 26A on the 12V. The power supply has 550 watt and 30A on the 12V.

How do I manually change the speed of the GPU fan?


Download EVGA Precision for the GPU fan control.

Use Real Temp 3.0 and in the settings select log file so it writes your temps as you play.


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January 10, 2010 8:52:06 PM

With the fan speed up at 80% the GPU temp up to ~55C while playing Left 4 Dead 2
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January 10, 2010 9:04:56 PM

Er, oops. The CPU was around 50 and the GPU was at 35 and yes the lagging continued
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January 10, 2010 10:57:33 PM

Is the card making squealing sounds while under full load? Is all 4 cores maxed or just one or two under full while the others are idle?
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January 10, 2010 11:06:44 PM

It makes squealing sounds both under load and idle (There's no noticable fps loss when idle). Usually 2 or 4 cores are being used when playing a game. (Left 4 Dead 2).
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January 10, 2010 11:46:36 PM

itzdielawn said:
It makes squealing sounds both under load and idle (There's no noticable fps loss when idle). Usually 2 or 4 cores are being used when playing a game. (Left 4 Dead 2).


Do you have the same general fps issue with other cards? Do you have another card on hand to rule out the GTS250 being the problem?

There may be an issue with the card the requires RMA due to the power stage (the part of the card making the odd noises that supplies power to the gpu core). I have fixed issues like this on my own so this one might just be a bad sample. If you have no warranty you can do a simple mod by applying a small heatsink to the mosfets and the choke coils (did wonders on my x1900xt and 8800gtx).
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January 11, 2010 12:37:50 AM

Hmm alright, I'll try putting in my old 8600 tomorrow. I'll post back with the results.
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