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Stuttering games: cpu or graphics card?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 17, 2012 11:49:21 AM

i have a problem with stuttering games that occurred out of the blue: I can play any game, for example Skyrim, without any stuttering for a few minutes, after that it starts jerking. The severity seems to depend on the game and the environment, in caves it mostly runs smoothly. The problem startet around a year ago without any hardware changes. I own a Geforce GTX 460 with 767 MB Ram and the AMD Phenom II X4 945, 4GB Ram. Does it sound more like a problem of the CPU or the graphics card?
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October 17, 2012 11:57:50 AM

It sounds like a GPU overheating problem.
October 17, 2012 12:00:51 PM

Well, the cpu-usage is mostly quite high. In Skyrim it's around 70%, in Dishonored flat 100%.
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October 17, 2012 12:24:05 PM

Since it's ~70% in Skyrim, it cannot be the CPU. Also, it's normal for a CPU to be on full load. 70% is not that high.
Try using GPU-Z and Task Manager in conjunction to see your GPU's temperature at the stuttering area, as well as the CPU usage and the GPU usage.
Also, try out SpeedFan.
October 18, 2012 6:32:26 AM