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Why are my games not running smoothly?

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a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2011 2:39:45 AM

I didn't know what section this would belong, so I decided that since games rely mostly on GPU power I would put it here. I was playing Black Ops the other day and it was perfectly smooth. (I am using a hd6850 820/1100 core/shader) Today when I was playing the game would start at around 60 FPS and then randomly sink down to 30 FPS. It was on zombie mode on the first map, normally when I look out a window or walk by the teleporter core. I am using an AMD Athlon II x3 440 @ 3.3Ghz, 4Gb 800Mhz RAM, and a hd6850 820/1100. I am playing at 1280x1024 res. If you need anymore information I would be happy to provide it.

P.S. It feels like I have a bad connection when I play when it jumps from 60 to 30 FPS, but I am not playing online, just solo.

Thanks. :) 

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a c 216 U Graphics card
January 7, 2011 2:53:34 AM

Do you have V-sync on? If you have v-sync without triple buffering, it often will jump between 30 and 60 FPS when it can't maintain 60 FPS.
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a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2011 3:24:28 AM

Okay, I will look. But it is normally 60FPS but sometimes it is like 40-55 and then it will lower.
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a c 216 U Graphics card
January 7, 2011 3:29:56 AM

60 FPS is usually the cap when v-sync is on (although sometimes it might show an odd 61 or 62). Triple buffing can usually help smooth out the drops below 60 FPS, so they aren't as extreme.
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a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2011 3:31:21 AM

Okay, it is getting late, so I will look tomorrow and tell you.
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a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2011 3:42:41 AM

THE URGE TO KNOW WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MY COMPUTER WAS TOO STRONG... so... I got mad and broke it... Just kidding! I checked and the V-sync was indeed on. Thank you for the help. I Am not going to try it to see the performance, because like I said it is getting late. So I will tell you tomorrow.
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