Problem with my GTS 250

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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  1. 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
  2. CPU is at ~60C and GPU is at 35C
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. Card only draws 69 watts and your temps rule out a temperature issue.....download OCCT and check the voltage stability while running the torture tests

    http://www.ocbase.com/perestroika_en/
  8. VCore: 1.08
    3.3V: 3.31
    5V: 4.92
    12V: 12.32
  9. 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.
  10. With the fan speed up at 80% the GPU temp up to ~55C while playing Left 4 Dead 2
  11. Er, oops. The CPU was around 50 and the GPU was at 35 and yes the lagging continued
  12. 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?
  13. 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).
  14. 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).
  15. Hmm alright, I'll try putting in my old 8600 tomorrow. I'll post back with the results.
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