GPU-usage drops/spikes

So when I play games like BF3 or Crysis 2 every 10-20 seconds I get these fps drops that half my 60 fps. After like 6 seconds it goes back to normal. It's annoying as hell.

The temperature is okay and even if I run fan speed at 90% I get the same results. Card is not overclocked Vsync turned off.
Anyone have an idea what to do? Software problem or might the card be broken?
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  1. What are the specs for your overall system? Also, typically when gaming, what other apps are you running in the background?
  2. what kind of temps are you getting on the cpu when gaming? The cpu might be overheating and throttling down causing a cpu bottlenecking situation.
  3. Two things come to mind: a driver issue or your cpu is weak.
  4. Ok, apparently my CPU was getting too hot, I underclocked it and it's working without slowdowns (for now). Kinda weird because it was working in the past with that clockspeed, perhaps I have to use some thermal paste or something.

    Anyway, thx for your answers.
  5. V-K said:
    ...perhaps I have to use some thermal paste or something.

    You always have to use thermal paste.
  6. the heatsink might just have some dust on it...
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