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Strange behavior XFX 9600GT

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February 26, 2010 11:46:55 PM

Hi,

Before i ask u the question. Let me post my system specs, coz i don't know what is causing the problem.

Processor: Intel Pentium D 915 overclocked to 3.23Ghz
RAM: 2GB 800Mhz Kingston
Mainboard: P5KPL-AM SE
VGA: XFX 9600GT

Alright, i few days ago i bought a box packed XFX 9600GT and replaced my 9500GT. The performance boost in games was significant , and particularly in Gears of War. In GOW i could play it smooth with all settings high and DirectX10 bla bla without ever slowing down. Lately i started noticing significant shuttering randomly. Then i sold my card and bought a used XFX 9600gt coz i was getting that one for real cheap.

The card runs really ok no artifacts no freezes. But now i am noticing even more jerks and shuttering. Even Modern Warfare is showing noticeable decrease in performance. The corrective action that i took was that i put the processor speed at factory 2.8 and shuttering is low in Gears of War. But now i can clearly notice constant periodic shuttering and decrease in all games.

I reinstalled Windows 7 again, tried the 64bit as well to no use. Could this be the recent Nvidia driver verison 196.21?

I am getting nervous, is something about to die in my pc?

Please help
a b Î Nvidia
February 26, 2010 11:55:03 PM

Downclock the card a little bit.
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a c 171 Î Nvidia
February 27, 2010 12:02:04 AM

Try the 196.34's
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February 27, 2010 12:10:51 AM

okay, is it on Nvidia site?
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February 27, 2010 2:18:42 AM

Yeah, i tried the drivers. Nothing different. There are still intermittent shuttering going on. And its not like it starts occuring after some time, its just there from the point i start the game.
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February 27, 2010 3:56:30 AM

i know your prob, i hope. take out your card delete the drivers, nvidia has a bad prob with updating, you need to install the latest version from scratch, then put your card back in. if this doesnt help i cant say much, but to buy all nvidia products from evga, they are the only ones with superior cust serv and can get you thru the nightmare
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a c 171 Î Nvidia
February 27, 2010 12:24:15 PM

shing25 said:
i know your prob, i hope. take out your card delete the drivers, nvidia has a bad prob with updating, you need to install the latest version from scratch, then put your card back in. if this doesnt help i cant say much, but to buy all nvidia products from evga, they are the only ones with superior cust serv and can get you thru the nightmare

How do you update the drivers without the card in the machine? :heink:  I've not had a problem updating Nvidia drivers in the last couple of years, so I'm calling BS on your statement.
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a b Î Nvidia
February 27, 2010 12:47:46 PM

Did you try downclocking the card for stability?
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February 27, 2010 3:56:44 PM

ok let me try that and see. thanks
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February 27, 2010 8:01:55 PM

Does a 9600 draw much more power than you're last graphics card?
May be you should post what PSU you have, even if it's just to rule something out.
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a b Î Nvidia
February 27, 2010 8:42:14 PM

Micropat said:
Does a 9600 draw much more power than you're last graphics card?
May be you should post what PSU you have, even if it's just to rule something out.


You read what he posted? :<
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February 27, 2010 10:13:21 PM

HWmonitor shows this, on Desktop applications usage.

CPU Temps

SYSTIN 38C
CPUTIN 54C
AUXTIN 53C

CPUFANIN0 2755RPM

NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT

GPU Core 51C

is this normal, does this speak of anything overheating.
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a b Î Nvidia
February 27, 2010 10:22:50 PM

Is that when playing games? 51c idle might lead to 75+c load.
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February 27, 2010 10:25:09 PM

No, thats when Idle. No games.
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February 27, 2010 11:13:15 PM

Here what the readings are while playing Gears of war

CPU temperature touches about 77-78C
GPU is at 60-62

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February 28, 2010 12:04:37 AM

I tried lowering down the GPU clock to 500Mhz from default 600Mhz. Unfortunately it didn't improve anything if not made matters worse. I can clearly see, i was able to enjoy better frame rates on a 9500GT with the same processor. Something is telling that maybe after running in overclocked state for 3 months it has come to age, and is dying on me.

I am no newbie but still i can't figure out the intermittent sudden drop in framerates.
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