GTS 450 not doing it's job.



I've had my GTS 450 for about 2 years now. The last few weeks I've noticed an FPS slowdown in all the games I play. The issue is that before, when I played graphics intensive games, the temperature of the GPU would go up as it obviously worked harder. Now, the temperature doesn't change at all, and it seems like the GPU just isn't actually doing anything at all. Some games are barely playable at around 20FPS and others are around 5fps or lower. I have cleaned it thoroughly but is the damage already done? Do I need a new card? What can I do to jumpstart this thing? I have the latest drivers installed as well.

Thanks for any advice.
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  1. what is your current driver version?
  2. What power supply are you running?
  3. 301.42 WHQL, I rolled back to the 296.10 Driver WHQL and it seems to have helped a LITTLE. But not completely. It still isn't working as hard as it should be for games.

    Power Supply is 1000 Watt ThermalTake

    Specs below, I forgot to put them in the message:

    System Information
    Time of this report: 8/14/2012, 01:31:37
    Machine name: OWNER-PC
    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120402-0336)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    System Model: 132-CK-NF78
    BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 4094MB RAM
    Page File: 2042MB used, 6324MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 64bit Unicode
  4. Best answer
    try using the latest beta driver. the latest whql have few known problem to it such as the gpu core downclocking while in game resulting in drop in fps. the odd thing is while the core clock will go into idle mode tge gpu usage will shoot up to 99% resulting in higher core temperature. the fix has been rolled out with forceware 304.48 beta driver and i believe the latest beta should also carry this fix. just make sure you did clean driver install
  5. Yeah, the temperature doesn't seem to be the issue at all. I will try the beta drivers. Thanks.
  6. Best answer selected by cardguy1983.
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