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Losing aprox. 10 FPS after about 10 minutes

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April 14, 2012 8:15:18 PM

Hi, my GTX 460 1gb (875/2000/1750) loses about 10 FPS in BF3 after about 10 minutes of gameplay. I might get a solid 60 FPS somewhere every time I go there, but after generally about ten minutes, I will only get 50FPS. I have checked multiple areas and it seems that I get about the same FPS at stock as I do when I loose the 10 FPS from the OCed card. Any ideas?

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April 14, 2012 8:28:37 PM

Sounds like it may be overheating. Tried dusting it? Maybe apply some new thermal paste? Just a thought.
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April 14, 2012 9:32:33 PM

zooted said:
Sounds like it may be overheating. Tried dusting it? Maybe apply some new thermal paste? Just a thought.

It's only hittin' 60C. It's a Fermi and can hit I have heard up to 105C. (Not that I have ever even gotten close to 105C, I doubt I have ever past 70C)
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April 14, 2012 11:04:20 PM

Yeah that's not bad at all for a gpu. Are you running most current drivers? I would imagine you know that your cpu temp is fine too if you know that the gpu is.
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April 14, 2012 11:41:07 PM

zooted said:
Yeah that's not bad at all for a gpu. Are you running most current drivers? I would imagine you know that your cpu temp is fine too if you know that the gpu is.

Yeah, I just downloaded the newest drivers about a week or 2 weeks ago. The CPU temp is fine, I am running stock 3.3Ghz with an H60 from Corsair, so should be fine there.
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April 15, 2012 12:48:22 AM

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I just downloaded the newest drivers about a week or 2 weeks ago.


Latest drivers are one week old

http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-winvista-64bit-301.24...
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April 15, 2012 12:50:24 AM

It did this before I updated the drivers before, but I'll try this too. Thanks.
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April 15, 2012 1:48:03 AM

Weird. Maybe a psu issue?
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April 15, 2012 3:24:36 AM

zooted said:
Weird. Maybe a psu issue?

Nah, I got 650w on the 12V rails and I am running a single card set-up. I mean, this PSU is quality and can go SLi with my GPUs easily. It is a PC Power and Cooling. My computer didn't do this until about 2-3 weeks ago. I am stumped....
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April 15, 2012 3:29:10 AM

Have you changed any of your settings in the nvidia control panel during this time?
Just check incase it has defaulted or is running on a certain game profile all the time.
Worth having a look.
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April 15, 2012 3:32:29 AM

I haven't changed any settings, the only settings I change are in afterburner, but I have a stable OC, so artifacts or anything. It had been stable for a long time, too. I set back the OC somewhat 75Mhz on the core to see what would happen and the same thing still happens.
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April 15, 2012 3:36:14 AM

Turn up the fans more and see if it makes any difference
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April 15, 2012 3:36:53 AM

monsta said:
Turn up the fans more and see if it makes any difference

Alright, will do next time I play.
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April 15, 2012 3:37:28 AM

I'm a computer technician and what you describe seems unlikely to be an actual problem.

My guess is that the "slow down" is natural for the game with your card for that area.

Since you describe the 10FPS slowdown dropping to the same rate as an OC'd version of the card then I can only assume that the game is not being limited by your graphics card at that point.

While the GTX680 can change its frequency on demand in a game, your card can not. It will operate at full processing capacity unless the bottleneck is elsewhere in your system.

FYI, some monitors can operate at 1920x1080 @ 50Hz so you can VSYNC at this slightly lower refresh to avoid screen tearing.

My advice is slightly drop your quality settings to ensure a more constant 50FPS or 60FPS synch rate but I don't believe you have anything physically wrong.
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April 15, 2012 3:40:26 AM

photonboy said:
I'm a computer technician and what you describe seems unlikely to be an actual problem.

My guess is that the "slow down" is natural for the game with your card for that area.

Since you describe the 10FPS slowdown dropping to the same rate as an OC'd version of the card then I can only assume that the game is not being limited by your graphics card at that point.

While the GTX680 can change its frequency on demand in a game, your card can not. It will operate at full processing capacity unless the bottleneck is elsewhere in your system.

FYI, some monitors can operate at 1920x1080 @ 50Hz so you can VSYNC at this slightly lower refresh to avoid screen tearing.

My advice is slightly drop your quality settings to ensure a more constant 50FPS or 60FPS synch rate but I don't believe you have anything physically wrong.

Well, I am not running with v-sync. As I understand, the card has 3 settings, idle, entertainment, and gaming. When running games, it's supposed to stay at my maximum OC and not slow down. It didn't do this before, that is why I am kinda worried.
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April 15, 2012 3:43:13 AM

Do you think the fps drop could be from the latest BF3 update? I hear a lot of users saying theres has slowed down , the upgrade wasnt that long ago, I believe this could be the actual problem?
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April 15, 2012 3:46:39 AM

monsta said:
Do you think the fps drop could be from the latest BF3 update? I hear a lot of users saying theres has slowed down , the upgrade wasnt that long ago, I believe this could be the actual problem?

That could be true. I haven't heard about that, but with that, I wouldn't be surprised. Do you think though that it would just drop 10 FPS after a while though? Also, when I start up the game and MSI kombuster, my FPS gets cut really low until I reboot. I mean like 25 and below.
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April 15, 2012 4:32:49 AM

Try doing a clean install of the latest drivers and see if it makes any difference.
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April 15, 2012 4:42:38 AM

When Your 1GB vram fills up with textures after Approx 10min, it has to start releasing the unused textures to make room for new ones, this could give you the hit your talking about. I go though the same thing with my 460 768mb in sli. Its still very playable.
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April 15, 2012 5:15:14 AM

what cpu are you using and what temps does it run at?

how much ram do you have?

hope your running windows 7...

could just be theres more activity in the game after 10 minutes etc?
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April 15, 2012 5:33:15 AM

I honestly beleive its the BF3 update....does it do the same in any other games?
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April 15, 2012 5:32:30 PM

teh_gerbil said:
What about benchmarks, like Furmark?


ie: run Furmark, and watch it, if you notice a drop in FPS watch the heat/gfx fan etc?

Source:http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/

Well, in MSI Kombuster benchmark where I generally get 100FPS it will give me 25FPS until I do a restart if that says anything.
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April 15, 2012 5:32:56 PM

dormantreign said:
When Your 1GB vram fills up with textures after Approx 10min, it has to start releasing the unused textures to make room for new ones, this could give you the hit your talking about. I go though the same thing with my 460 768mb in sli. Its still very playable.

I will take that into consideration. Thank you.
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April 15, 2012 5:33:48 PM

apache_lives said:
what cpu are you using and what temps does it run at?

how much ram do you have?

hope your running windows 7...

could just be theres more activity in the game after 10 minutes etc?

Core i5 2500k @ 3.3Ghz with an H60 cooler that runs below 60C under load, so good there, 8gb 1600Mhz 9-9-9-24 RAM, and windows 7 pro 64-bit.
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April 15, 2012 6:20:56 PM

It might have somethign to do with your vcore? maybe trying upping it just a little bit, not sure if that will fix it for you but it might be worth looking into.
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April 15, 2012 7:08:16 PM

scopey86 said:
It might have somethign to do with your vcore? maybe trying upping it just a little bit, not sure if that will fix it for you but it might be worth looking into.

The CPU is fine, as it is @ stock settings and is not unstable.
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April 15, 2012 7:14:28 PM

Sorry I should have been more specific, I meant for the GPU, not CPU
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April 15, 2012 7:56:59 PM

Oh, that makes more sense. I ran the game again today and had no dips, I ran it for two periods of about 20 minutes. I noticed my memory got used up to 1009mb out of 1024mb while playing. I think dormantreign may be right about the RAM getting used up and then dipping 10 FPS. Also, like monsta said, it could be the update. Does it sound like anything is wrong or am I just over-reacting? I tend to do that sometimes.... :lol: 

EDIT: Also, my fan speed was at 55% from the auto it is normally at.
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April 22, 2012 1:50:06 AM

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April 22, 2012 11:36:03 AM

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