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GPU-usage drops/spikes

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November 7, 2012 2:34:21 PM

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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a c 228 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:44:48 PM

What are the specs for your overall system? Also, typically when gaming, what other apps are you running in the background?
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:55:01 PM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:56:18 PM

Two things come to mind: a driver issue or your cpu is weak.
November 7, 2012 4:13:16 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 4:49:04 PM

V-K said:
...perhaps I have to use some thermal paste or something.


You always have to use thermal paste.
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 5:03:34 PM

the heatsink might just have some dust on it...
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