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GTX 560 Ti High usage spikes | Faulty?

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Anonymous
July 12, 2012 10:27:59 PM

Hi Tom's Hardware community!

My Specs:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
4GB Kingston HyperX RAM
1TB Samsung HDD
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII 1GB (not TOP!)
Corsair CX600 PSU (600W)

Yes I know these specs aren't top notch. ;) 

I seem to be encountering a problem with my computer during games (hence the reason I've posted it here, I suspect it is the card). I think I've had this issue for a while I believe, yet I never noticed it before about a month ago.

The problem

Okay. Once I first boot the computer and open a game, it's the usual speed, no lag at all. After a few hours, the computer the FPS just drop to about a third or fourth. The lag doesn't always occur after a few hours; it can be about 6, 10 or it may not even happen for that day of use. To be honest, I only really just noticed that the usage was high today when I checked ASUS GPU Monitor. The usage (when playing Minecraft) is about 15-30% on average before the lag, but after it hits 98-99% with really low FPS. Other games are also affected.

Action taken

I've already done many things to try to remedy the problem but all seem to have been unsuccessful. Because at first I wasn't sure what it was (and I'm still not sure), I did a few things to nail down the possibilities. I've:
  • Reseated the CPU (twice)
  • Reseated the RAM
  • Reseated the GPU (twice)
  • Checked cables for everything
  • Cleaned out the whole system
    Everything I've done seems to have done nothing.

    What next?

    I've just installed the Beta drivers from Nvidia, and I'm going to try them out as soon as possible. For now, I'm just wondering if there is anything else I could try or whether it seems one of my components is faulty. Bare in mind that I've had the CPU for a while and it has been overclocked to 3.2GHz in the past (could this possibly cause this problem?).

    Thanks in advance.
    July 13, 2012 12:59:19 AM

    Anonymous said:
    Hi Tom's Hardware community!

    My Specs:
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
    4GB Kingston HyperX RAM
    1TB Samsung HDD
    ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII 1GB (not TOP!)
    Corsair CX600 PSU (600W)

    Yes I know these specs aren't top notch. ;) 

    I seem to be encountering a problem with my computer during games (hence the reason I've posted it here, I suspect it is the card). I think I've had this issue for a while I believe, yet I never noticed it before about a month ago.

    The problem

    Okay. Once I first boot the computer and open a game, it's the usual speed, no lag at all. After a few hours, the computer the FPS just drop to about a third or fourth. The lag doesn't always occur after a few hours; it can be about 6, 10 or it may not even happen for that day of use. To be honest, I only really just noticed that the usage was high today when I checked ASUS GPU Monitor. The usage (when playing Minecraft) is about 15-30% on average before the lag, but after it hits 98-99% with really low FPS. Other games are also affected.

    Action taken

    I've already done many things to try to remedy the problem but all seem to have been unsuccessful. Because at first I wasn't sure what it was (and I'm still not sure), I did a few things to nail down the possibilities. I've:
  • Reseated the CPU (twice)
  • Reseated the RAM
  • Reseated the GPU (twice)
  • Checked cables for everything
  • Cleaned out the whole system
    Everything I've done seems to have done nothing.

    What next?

    I've just installed the Beta drivers from Nvidia, and I'm going to try them out as soon as possible. For now, I'm just wondering if there is anything else I could try or whether it seems one of my components is faulty. Bare in mind that I've had the CPU for a while and it has been overclocked to 3.2GHz in the past (could this possibly cause this problem?).

    Thanks in advance.


  • Your cpu is most likely bottle necking the games you play because it isn't fast enough.
    Anonymous
    July 13, 2012 6:20:02 AM

    maxh22 said:
    Your cpu is most likely bottle necking the games you play because it isn't fast enough.


    Never had problems before with gaming, only recently. It should cope fine, it's still a good CPU. It's possible that the GPU is taking all the load because the CPU is faulty? I am yet not sure if it is the GPU.
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    July 13, 2012 8:38:46 AM

    If it was CPU bottlenecking, the GPU usage would be doing the opposite (the CPU would be hitting 100% while the GPU sat idle). Yes, his CPU is bottlenecking it, but not seriously.

    Run Furmark for 20-30 minutes and let us know what your temperatures are and if you artifact at all. Right after that, run Prime95 for an hourish to check out your CPU just to make sure.
    Anonymous
    July 13, 2012 2:55:42 PM

    gidgiddonihah said:
    If it was CPU bottlenecking, the GPU usage would be doing the opposite (the CPU would be hitting 100% while the GPU sat idle). Yes, his CPU is bottlenecking it, but not seriously.

    Run Furmark for 20-30 minutes and let us know what your temperatures are and if you artifact at all. Right after that, run Prime95 for an hourish to check out your CPU just to make sure.


    Thanks. I'll give that stuff a try.
    Anonymous
    July 13, 2012 4:15:07 PM

    Okay. Ran FurMark v1.10.1 for an hour.

    GPU Min. temp: 38c
    GPU Max. temp: 65c
    GPU temp at finish: 64c

    FPS: min:20, max:26, avg:23

    Motherboard peak temp: 38c
    CPU peak temp: 26c
    Core peaks:
    Core #0: 34c
    Core #1: 39c
    Core #2: 30c
    Core #3: 34c
    Auxiliary peak temp: 28c
    Hard Drive peak temp: 27c

    Didn't notice any weird behaviour or lag. GPU usage was 99%. Meanwhile CPU usage was 27% (according to Windows).

    Going to run Prime95 now for an hour or so.
    Anonymous
    July 13, 2012 5:42:02 PM

    Okay. Ran Prime95 for 1 hour and 18 minutes. No errors or warnings within this timeframe.

    Torture Test.

    Worker #1: 39 tests.
    Worker #2,#3,#4: 40 tests.

    Peak temps

    Motherboard: 35c
    CPU:35.5c
    Core:
    Core #0: 44c
    Core #1: 45c
    Core #2: 41c
    Core #3: 42c
    Auxiliary: 27.5c
    Hard Drive: 26c
    July 13, 2012 10:47:12 PM

    Your PSU may be bad and overheating. Once it gets hot it stops being able to produce good, constant power. Do you happen to have a spare?
    Anonymous
    July 13, 2012 11:07:46 PM

    gidgiddonihah said:
    Your PSU may be bad and overheating. Once it gets hot it stops being able to produce good, constant power. Do you happen to have a spare?


    My PSU is pretty new, I had it since December 2011. It's a Corsair CX600 (as mentioned above). Sadly I do not have another PSU with enough power to run all my system components. I am covered by a 3 year warranty with my PSU so if I do suspect it's this which is causing the problem, I can return it. I have a feeling it's not this though. Do you think a PSU that is not giving out a stable flow of power would force the card to utilize 99% usage in games? Or would this be because another system part is not receiving enough power flow? I am yet very stumped by my hardware issue as I've never encountered it before. I don't think the PSU is overheating, yet I cannot monitor it, so I don't know

    Also I have not encountered any lag since updating to the NVIDIA Beta drivers, maybe it's just luck.
    July 13, 2012 11:52:49 PM

    Anonymous said:
    My PSU is pretty new, I had it since December 2011. It's a Corsair CX600 (as mentioned above). Sadly I do not have another PSU with enough power to run all my system components. I am covered by a 3 year warranty with my PSU so if I do suspect it's this which is causing the problem, I can return it. I have a feeling it's not this though. Do you think a PSU that is not giving out a stable flow of power would force the card to utilize 99% usage in games? Or would this be because another system part is not receiving enough power flow? I am yet very stumped by my hardware issue as I've never encountered it before. I don't think the PSU is overheating, yet I cannot monitor it, so I don't know

    Also I have not encountered any lag since updating to the NVIDIA Beta drivers, maybe it's just luck.


    Well don't change the drivers and if that happens again let us know and we can go from there. I am guessing if your running stable now and the tests came back good it was the drivers causing some sort of problem with either a piece of software or hardware.
    Anonymous
    July 13, 2012 11:56:22 PM

    gidgiddonihah said:
    Well don't change the drivers and if that happens again let us know and we can go from there. I am guessing if your running stable now and the tests came back good it was the drivers causing some sort of problem with either a piece of software or hardware.


    I suppose anything is possible. I'm doing my best to eliminate any other possible problems. I think the Beta drivers may have nailed it, yet it may not be solved. I'll see how it goes over the next few days. I'll report back as soon as problems arise.
    July 13, 2012 11:59:41 PM

    Good deal and good luck!
    Anonymous
    July 15, 2012 12:17:27 PM

    gidgiddonihah said:
    Good deal and good luck!


    So far so good, the GeForce 304.79 Beta drivers seem to be doing the trick. Since installing them I haven't had one problem so far. I've done a google to see if the 301.42 had a bad impact on some GPUs and I found a few topics which almost confirms that it could have been the drivers. Obviously I can't leave it at this as I may be incorrect. I'll leave it another week or so if you don't mind.
    July 16, 2012 6:31:58 AM

    It's OK with me, and if you have any problems just let me know.
    Anonymous
    July 30, 2012 10:00:52 PM

    gidgiddonihah said:
    It's OK with me, and if you have any problems just let me know.


    I've left it quite a while longer than I said. Everything seems to be OK. I thank you for your advice but I believe I fixed it myself (if it is fixed :??:  ). I don't think I need to leave it any longer.
    August 4, 2012 7:49:53 AM

    I have the same problem. I got my 560ti in December and the problem started in May. Today I was playing DoW2 The Last Stand perfectly fine. After that, I played a bit of Guild Wars and was getting ~30 fps. The only fix for this is to reset my comp; even if I leave it alone for hours, the problem will still be there unless I restart. This problem doesn't happen often. I went for weeks without an incident. I'll give the beta drivers a go.

    Stats (All bought in January 2009):
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
    4GB CORSAIR XMS2
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
    Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W
    Anonymous
    August 5, 2012 5:34:14 PM

    slithersly said:
    I have the same problem. I got my 560ti in December and the problem started in May. Today I was playing DoW2 The Last Stand perfectly fine. After that, I played a bit of Guild Wars and was getting ~30 fps. The only fix for this is to reset my comp; even if I leave it alone for hours, the problem will still be there unless I restart. This problem doesn't happen often. I went for weeks without an incident. I'll give the beta drivers a go.

    Stats (All bought in January 2009):
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
    4GB CORSAIR XMS2
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
    Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W


    Yeah it's worth giving it a try. Let me know how it goes. I've had no issues since using the beta drivers (except when overclocking once and not applying enough volts).
    !