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Help, I think my graphics card is dying

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August 30, 2012 9:53:42 PM

Lately I've been experiencing some performance drops in my PC games. For example, in League of Legends, I used to get 120+ FPS with high settings, but now I have an average of 40-70. All my other games have this problem, from Minecraft to Skyrim. GPU is Radeon HD 6570. My idle temperature for my GPU is around 45 C, and full load is 59 C. I kept it overclocked a little since I got it, but not to the point where it can damage the card. Are my games suffering because it is a budget card and is not designed for overclocking? If I stopped overclocking, will the performance improve, or is the card probably already damaged? My CPU temperatures are okay, 45 C idle and 52 C load.

PC Specs:
AMD Phenom II X4 965
ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX motherboard
Radeon HD 6570 1 GB
8 GB G.SKILL Sniper 1333 MHZ RAM
Hitachi 500 GB hard drive
Allied 500 W PSU
Rosewill Challenger Mid Tower ATX case

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a c 191 U Graphics card
August 30, 2012 10:17:07 PM

That seems about right fps for the game. As long as its smooth. The 6570 isnt exactly a powerhouse.
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August 30, 2012 10:19:31 PM

Deemo13 said:
That seems about right fps for the game. As long as its smooth. The 6570 isnt exactly a powerhouse.


However, when I get into a big team fight, the FPS sometimes drops to 10 and can really affect my gameplay.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
August 30, 2012 11:14:34 PM

You might want to look into an upgrade. And maybe lower the settings to medium. That's what I played on on my 5570.

What resolution?
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August 30, 2012 11:31:14 PM

I play windowed at 1600x900.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
August 31, 2012 1:50:08 AM

Yea just lower the settings and see if that fixes things.
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August 31, 2012 1:53:02 AM

LOL has increased the video effects recently. That would quite likely cause FPS drops that weren't there before.

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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2012 2:09:20 AM

Yes, its true my LoL frames dipped after the lastest patches
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August 31, 2012 3:27:31 AM

try updating ur driver and turning everything on it back to default.
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August 31, 2012 8:00:43 PM

I tried updating my drivers and it didn't work. I don't think it's because of the patches; I would still get good framerates after the big graphics update and the other ones that followed. I think I will look into an upgrade this year's Black Friday.
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August 31, 2012 8:29:38 PM

aaab said:
LOL has increased the video effects recently. That would quite likely cause FPS drops that weren't there before.

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when you said lol i thought you meant laugh out loud :lol:  had to look at op again and then saw league of legends, i think this might be your answer OP.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
August 31, 2012 9:18:43 PM

What Res?
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September 10, 2012 4:56:35 AM

I think heat really was the issue. This time I underclocked it and my FPS returned to the high 100s.
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September 20, 2012 6:49:11 AM

Best answer selected by timmeh50.
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