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Constant lag even in older games - HD 5770

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December 20, 2012 4:09:03 AM

Hi folks,

I recently upgraded my RAM, CPU and Motherboard, and since have been having issues with games that would run on my older system config just fine. Every component other than the RAM, CPU, and Motherboard is unchanged. The games I'm running are Company of Heroes, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 - in all of them they run okay, but I get a semi-regular BIG pause in graphics on each of them, it's not smooth at all. My system specs are:

- Asus P8Z77-V-LX
- Intel 3570 CPU
- XFX 1GB HD5770 Graphics
- 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
- Windows 7 Professional
- 650W Thermaltake Toughpower QFan PSU
- 1 x 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM HDD (system)
- 1 x 1.5TB WD Green SATA HDD (games)


For comparison my old setup, which ran them fine, was:
- AMD 6000+ dual core (two 3 GHz cores) CPU
- Gigabyte M61-PM-S2 Motherboard
- XFX 1GB HD5770 Graphics
- 6GB DDR2 800 RAM
- Windows 7 Professional
- 650W Thermaltake Toughpower QFan PSU
- 1 x 160GB WD Black SATA HDD
- 1 x 250GB WD IDE HDD
- 1 x 1.5TB WD Green SATA HDD


EDIT: if it helps, here's a DXDIAG report
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System Information
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Time of this report: 12/20/2012, 16:46:58
Machine name: ADAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/11/12 11:37:19 Ver: 13.04
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570 CPU @ 3.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8144MB RAM
Page File: 3532MB used, 12752MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x68B8)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68B8&SUBSYS_29911682&REV_00
Display Memory: 730 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1010 MB
Shared Memory: 3815 MB
Current Mode: 1600 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: BenQ G2020HD
Monitor Id: BNQ781F
Native Mode: 1600 x 900(p) (59.978Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1151 (English)
Driver Version: 9.2.0.0
DDI Version: 11
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 9/28/2012 09:41:40, 1120768 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-2BF8-11CF-4D71-9B09BEC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x68B8
SubSys ID: 0x29911682
Revision ID: 0x0000
Driver Strong Name: oem139.inf:ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1:ati2mtag_Evergreen:9.2.0.0:p ci\ven_1002&dev_68b8
Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C
Deinterlace Caps: {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{3C5323C1-6FB7-44F5-9081-056BF2EE449D}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{552C0DAD-CCBC-420B-83C8-74943CF9F1A6}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC2,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC3,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC4,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S340,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S342,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
D3D9 Overlay: Not Supported
DXVA-HD: Not Supported
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

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Sound Devices
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Description: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0887&SUBSYS_10438445&REV_1003
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6657 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 6/12/2012 18:10:44, 4060560 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

Description: Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0887&SUBSYS_10438445&REV_1003
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6657 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 6/12/2012 18:10:44, 4060560 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

Description: Realtek Digital Output(Optical) (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0887&SUBSYS_10438445&REV_1003
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6657 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 6/12/2012 18:10:44, 4060560 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

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Sound Capture Devices
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Description: Microphone (USB Audio Device)
Default Sound Capture: Yes
Default Voice Capture: Yes
Driver Name: USBAUDIO.sys
Driver Version: 6.01.7601.17514 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Date and Size: 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 109696 bytes
Cap Flags: 0x1
Format Flags: 0xFFFFF

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DirectInput Devices
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Device Name: Mouse
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Keyboard
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Microsoft Hardware USB Mouse
Attached: 1
Controller ID: 0x0
Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x076C
FF Driver: n/a

Poll w/ Interrupt: No

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USB Devices
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+ USB Root Hub
| Vendor/Product ID: 0x8086, 0x1E26
| Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub20
| Service: usbhub
| Driver: usbhub.sys, 3/25/2011 11:29:26, 343040 bytes
| Driver: usbd.sys, 3/25/2011 11:28:59, 7936 bytes
|
+-+ Generic USB Hub
| | Vendor/Product ID: 0x8087, 0x0024
| | Location: Port_#0001.Hub_#0002
| | Matching Device ID: usb\class_09
| | Service: usbhub
| | Driver: usbhub.sys, 3/25/2011 11:29:26, 343040 bytes
| |
| +-+ Generic USB Hub
| | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x058F, 0x9254
| | | Location: Port_#0006.Hub_#0004
| | | Matching Device ID: usb\class_09
| | | Service: usbhub
| | | Driver: usbhub.sys, 3/25/2011 11:29:26, 343040 bytes
| | |
| +-+ Microsoft Hardware USB Mouse
| | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x076C
| | | Location: Port_#0007.Hub_#0004
| | | Matching Device ID: usb\vid_045e&pid_076c
| | | Service: HidUsb
| | | Driver: hidusb.sys, 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 30208 bytes
| | | Driver: hidclass.sys, 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 76800 bytes
| | | Driver: hidparse.sys, 7/14/2009 08:06:17, 32896 bytes
| | | Driver: coin91.dll, 5/28/2012 07:09:04, 2168416 bytes
| | |
| | +-+ HID-compliant consumer control device
| | | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x076C
| | | | Matching Device ID: hid_device_up:000c_u:0001
| | | |
| | +-+ Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500 (IntelliPoint)
| | | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x045E, 0x076C
| | | | Matching Device ID: hid\vid_045e&pid_076c&col02
| | | | Upper Filters: Point64
| | | | Service: mouhid
| | | | Driver: point64.sys, 8/1/2011 15:59:06, 45416 bytes
| | | | Driver: mouhid.sys, 7/14/2009 08:00:20, 31232 bytes
| | | | Driver: mouclass.sys, 7/14/2009 09:48:27, 49216 bytes
| | | | Driver: wdfcoinstaller01009.dll, 7/14/2009 14:21:12, 1721576 bytes

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Gameport Devices
----------------

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PS/2 Devices
------------
+ Standard PS/2 Keyboard
| Matching Device ID: *pnp0303
| Service: i8042prt
| Driver: i8042prt.sys, 7/14/2009 07:19:57, 105472 bytes
| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 7/14/2009 09:48:04, 50768 bytes
|
+ Terminal Server Keyboard Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_kbd
| Upper Filters: kbdclass
| Service: TermDD
| Driver: i8042prt.sys, 7/14/2009 07:19:57, 105472 bytes
| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 7/14/2009 09:48:04, 50768 bytes
|
+ Terminal Server Mouse Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_mou
| Upper Filters: mouclass
| Service: TermDD
| Driver: termdd.sys, 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 63360 bytes
| Driver: sermouse.sys, 7/14/2009 08:00:20, 26624 bytes
| Driver: mouclass.sys, 7/14/2009 09:48:27, 49216 bytes

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Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
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Drive: C:
Free Space: 2330.5 GB
Total Space: 2861.5 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: ST3000DM001-1CH166

Drive: E:
Free Space: 324.4 GB
Total Space: 1430.8 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: WDC WD15EARS-00Z5B1

Drive: G:
Model: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-215
Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 147456 bytes

Drive: H:
Model: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-215
Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 147456 bytes

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System Devices
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Name: Intel(R) 82801 PCI Bridge - 244E
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_244E&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_C4\3&11583659&0&E5
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 184704 bytes

Name: Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 5 - 1E18
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E18&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_C4\3&11583659&0&E4
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 184704 bytes

Name: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68B8&SUBSYS_29911682&REV_00\4&BAB4994&0&0008
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\atikmdag.sys, 8.01.0001.1266 (English), 9/28/2012 10:21:20, 10697216 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\ati2erec.dll, 1.00.0000.0024 (English), 9/28/2012 09:09:48, 53248 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\atikmpag.sys, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:12:52, 460288 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiumd64.dll, 9.14.0010.0926 (English), 9/28/2012 09:25:24, 6704640 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiumd6a.dll, 8.14.0010.0370 (English), 9/28/2012 09:31:26, 3127296 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atitmm64.dll, 6.14.0011.0023 (English), 9/28/2012 09:36:50, 120320 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiicdxx.dat, 5/23/2012 23:31:02, 632252 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\amdpcom64.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 9/28/2012 09:12:58, 56320 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atimpc64.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 9/28/2012 09:12:58, 56320 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiadlxx.dll, 6.14.0010.1116 (English), 9/28/2012 09:13:40, 595456 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiumd6a.cap, 9/28/2012 09:29:54, 2890048 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atimuixx.dll, 6.14.0010.1002 (English), 9/28/2012 09:36:36, 21504 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiapfxx.exe, 6.14.0010.1001 (English), 9/28/2012 10:03:52, 163840 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\ativvsva.dat, 6/12/2012 00:50:16, 157144 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\ativvsvl.dat, 6/12/2012 00:50:16, 204952 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe, 6.14.0011.1131 (English), 9/28/2012 09:38:16, 239616 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atieclxx.exe, 6.14.0011.1131 (English), 9/28/2012 09:39:08, 538112 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiedu64.dll, 6.14.0010.2514 (English), 9/28/2012 09:36:30, 59392 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atidemgy.dll, 4.00.4653.37177 (English), 9/28/2012 09:39:14, 442368 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atio6axx.dll, 6.14.0010.11931 (English), 9/28/2012 09:59:56, 23825920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\aticaldd64.dll, 6.14.0010.1741 (English), 9/28/2012 10:02:08, 16082432 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\aticalrt64.dll, 6.14.0010.1741 (English), 9/28/2012 10:02:30, 51200 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\aticalcl64.dll, 6.14.0010.1741 (English), 9/28/2012 10:02:22, 44544 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atipblag.dat, 9/13/2011 06:06:16, 3917 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiu9p64.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:11:08, 103424 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiuxp64.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:11:22, 129536 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atig6pxx.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:13:16, 17920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atig6txx.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:13:08, 41984 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atibtmon.exe, 2.00.0000.0000 (English), 5/11/2009 21:35:30, 118784 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiapfxx.blb, 9/28/2012 10:07:04, 304128 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atidxx64.dll, 8.17.0010.0453 (English), 9/28/2012 09:22:42, 7167488 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiumdag.dll, 9.14.0010.0926 (English), 9/28/2012 10:23:00, 5557928 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiumdva.dll, 8.14.0010.0370 (English), 9/28/2012 09:22:30, 2691584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\amdpcom32.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 9/28/2012 09:12:48, 56832 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atimpc32.dll, 8.14.0010.0023 (English), 9/28/2012 09:12:48, 56832 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiadlxy.dll, 6.14.0010.1116 (English), 9/28/2012 09:13:30, 405504 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiumdva.cap, 9/28/2012 09:21:20, 2920000 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ativvsva.dat, 6/12/2012 00:50:16, 157144 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ativvsvl.dat, 6/12/2012 00:50:16, 204952 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ati2edxx.dll, 6.14.0010.2514 (English), 9/28/2012 09:36:26, 43520 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atioglxx.dll, 6.14.0010.11931 (English), 9/28/2012 09:41:14, 19624960 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atidxx32.dll, 8.17.0010.0453 (English), 9/28/2012 09:39:36, 6536192 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\aticaldd.dll, 6.14.0010.1741 (English), 9/28/2012 09:57:20, 13703168 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\aticalrt.dll, 6.14.0010.1741 (English), 9/28/2012 10:02:28, 46080 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\aticalcl.dll, 6.14.0010.1741 (English), 9/28/2012 10:02:20, 44032 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atipblag.dat, 9/13/2011 06:06:16, 3917 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiu9pag.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:10:58, 82944 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiuxpag.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:11:16, 109568 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atigktxx.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:13:00, 33280 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiglpxx.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:13:12, 14848 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atiapfxx.blb, 9/28/2012 10:07:04, 304128 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\atiogl.xml, 9/14/2012 23:00:12, 38452 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\ATIODCLI.exe, 1.00.0000.0001 (English), 6/22/2009 15:34:36, 51200 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\ATIODE.exe, 1.00.0000.0001 (English), 8/27/2010 18:33:08, 332800 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\atiglpxx.dll, 8.14.0001.6278 (English), 9/28/2012 09:13:12, 14848 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\aticfx64.dll, 8.17.0010.1151 (English), 9/28/2012 09:41:40, 1120768 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\aticfx32.dll, 8.17.0010.1151 (English), 9/28/2012 09:43:28, 935424 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\coinst_9.002.dll, 1.00.0004.0008 (English), 9/28/2012 10:05:38, 70144 bytes

Name: Intel(R) Z77 Express Chipset LPC Controller - 1E44
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E44&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&F8
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\msisadrv.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/14/2009 09:48:27, 15424 bytes

Name: Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 - 1E10
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E10&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_C4\3&11583659&0&E0
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 184704 bytes

Name: Intel(R) Management Engine Interface
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E3A&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&B0
Driver: n/a

Name: Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E02&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&FA
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\iaStor.sys, 11.00.0000.1032 (English), 11/29/2011 19:40:32, 568600 bytes

Name: Intel(R) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E31&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&A0
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\iusb3xhc.sys, 1.00.0001.0209 (English), 1/5/2012 03:58:50, 786200 bytes

Name: Xeon(R) processor E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port - 0151
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0151&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_09\3&11583659&0&08
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 184704 bytes

Name: Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 1E2D
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E2D&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&D0
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 6.01.7601.17586 (English), 3/25/2011 11:29:04, 52736 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.01.7601.17586 (English), 3/25/2011 11:29:14, 325120 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.01.7601.17586 (English), 3/25/2011 11:29:26, 343040 bytes

Name: Xeon(R) processor E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller - 0150
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0150&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_09\3&11583659&0&00
Driver: n/a

Name: Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 1E26
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E26&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&E8
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 6.01.7601.17586 (English), 3/25/2011 11:29:04, 52736 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.01.7601.17586 (English), 3/25/2011 11:29:14, 325120 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.01.7601.17586 (English), 3/25/2011 11:29:26, 343040 bytes

Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1B21&DEV_1080&SUBSYS_84891043&REV_03\4&17F33A27&0&00E5
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 184704 bytes

Name: Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SMBus Host Controller - 1E22
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E22&SUBSYS_84CA1043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&FB
Driver: n/a

Name: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8168&SUBSYS_84321043&REV_06\4&11EB9DBD&0&00E4
Driver: n/a

Name: High Definition Audio Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E20&SUBSYS_84451043&REV_04\3&11583659&0&D8
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\hdaudbus.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 122368 bytes

Name: High Definition Audio Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_AA58&SUBSYS_AA581682&REV_00\4&BAB4994&0&0108
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\hdaudbus.sys, 6.01.7601.17514 (English), 11/21/2010 11:23:47, 122368 bytes

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DirectShow Filters
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DirectShow Filters:
WMAudio Decoder DMO,0x00800800,1,1,WMADMOD.DLL,6.01.7601.17514
WMAPro over S/PDIF DMO,0x00600800,1,1,WMADMOD.DLL,6.01.7601.17514
WMSpeech Decoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,WMSPDMOD.DLL,6.01.7601.17514
MP3 Decoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,mp3dmod.dll,6.01.7600.16385
Mpeg4s Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,mp4sdecd.dll,6.01.7600.16385
WMV Screen decoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,wmvsdecd.dll,6.01.7601.17514
WMVideo Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,wmvdecod.dll,6.01.7601.17514
Mpeg43 Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,mp43decd.dll,6.01.7600.16385
Mpeg4 Decoder DMO,0x00800001,1,1,mpg4decd.dll,6.01.7600.16385
DV Muxer,0x00400000,0,0,qdv.dll,6.06.7601.17514
Color Space Converter,0x00400001,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
WM ASF Reader,0x00400000,0,0,qasf.dll,12.00.7601.17514
Screen Capture filter,0x00200000,0,1,wmpsrcwp.dll,12.00.7601.17514
AVI Splitter,0x00600000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
VGA 16 Color Ditherer,0x00400000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
SBE2MediaTypeProfile,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.7601.17528
Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder,0x005fffff,2,4,msmpeg2vdec.dll,6.01.7140.0000
AC3 Parser Filter,0x00600000,1,1,mpg2splt.ax,6.06.7601.17528
StreamBufferSink,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.7601.17528
Microsoft TV Captions Decoder,0x00200001,1,0,MSTVCapn.dll,6.01.7601.17715
MJPEG Decompressor,0x00600000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
CBVA DMO wrapper filter,0x00200000,1,1,cbva.dll,6.01.7601.17514
MPEG-I Stream Splitter,0x00600000,1,2,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
SAMI (CC) Parser,0x00400000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
VBI Codec,0x00600000,1,4,VBICodec.ax,6.06.7601.17514
ATI MPEG File Writer,0x00200000,1,0,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
ATI MPEG Video Decoder,0x00200000,1,2,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
MPEG-2 Splitter,0x005fffff,1,0,mpg2splt.ax,6.06.7601.17528
Closed Captions Analysis Filter,0x00200000,2,5,cca.dll,6.06.7601.17514
SBE2FileScan,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.7601.17528
Microsoft MPEG-2 Video Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,msmpeg2enc.dll,6.01.7601.17514
Internal Script Command Renderer,0x00800001,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
MPEG Audio Decoder,0x03680001,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
DV Splitter,0x00600000,1,2,qdv.dll,6.06.7601.17514
Video Mixing Renderer 9,0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Microsoft MPEG-2 Encoder,0x00200000,2,1,msmpeg2enc.dll,6.01.7601.17514
ATI MPEG Audio Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
AMD MJPEG Decoder,0x00800001,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
ACM Wrapper,0x00600000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Video Renderer,0x00800001,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
MPEG-2 Video Stream Analyzer,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.7601.17528
Line 21 Decoder,0x00600000,1,1,,
Video Port Manager,0x00600000,2,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Video Renderer,0x00400000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
ATI MPEG Video Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
ATI MPEG Multiplexer,0x00200000,2,1,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
VPS Decoder,0x00200000,0,0,WSTPager.ax,6.06.7601.17514
WM ASF Writer,0x00400000,0,0,qasf.dll,12.00.7601.17514
VBI Surface Allocator,0x00600000,1,1,vbisurf.ax,6.01.7601.17514
File writer,0x00200000,1,0,qcap.dll,6.06.7601.17514
iTV Data Sink,0x00600000,1,0,itvdata.dll,6.06.7601.17514
iTV Data Capture filter,0x00600000,1,1,itvdata.dll,6.06.7601.17514
ATI Video Scaler Filter,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
DVD Navigator,0x00200000,0,3,qdvd.dll,6.06.7601.17835
Microsoft TV Subtitles Decoder,0x00200001,1,0,MSTVCapn.dll,6.01.7601.17715
Overlay Mixer2,0x00200000,1,1,,
RDP DShow Redirection Filter,0xffffffff,1,0,DShowRdpFilter.dll,
Microsoft MPEG-2 Audio Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,msmpeg2enc.dll,6.01.7601.17514
WST Pager,0x00200000,1,1,WSTPager.ax,6.06.7601.17514
MPEG-2 Demultiplexer,0x00600000,1,1,mpg2splt.ax,6.06.7601.17528
DV Video Decoder,0x00800000,1,1,qdv.dll,6.06.7601.17514
SampleGrabber,0x00200000,1,1,qedit.dll,6.06.7601.17514
Null Renderer,0x00200000,1,0,qedit.dll,6.06.7601.17514
MPEG-2 Sections and Tables,0x005fffff,1,0,Mpeg2Data.ax,6.06.7601.17514
Microsoft AC3 Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,msac3enc.dll,6.01.7601.17514
StreamBufferSource,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.7601.17528
Smart Tee,0x00200000,1,2,qcap.dll,6.06.7601.17514
Overlay Mixer,0x00200000,0,0,,
AVI Decompressor,0x00600000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
NetBridge,0x00200000,2,0,netbridge.dll,6.01.7601.17514
AVI/WAV File Source,0x00400000,0,2,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Wave Parser,0x00400000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
MIDI Parser,0x00400000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Multi-file Parser,0x00400000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
File stream renderer,0x00400000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
ATI Video Rotation Filter,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
Microsoft DTV-DVD Audio Decoder,0x005fffff,1,1,msmpeg2adec.dll,6.01.7140.0000
StreamBufferSink2,0x00200000,0,0,sbe.dll,6.06.7601.17528
AVI Mux,0x00200000,1,0,qcap.dll,6.06.7601.17514
Line 21 Decoder 2,0x00600002,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
File Source (Async.),0x00400000,0,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
File Source (URL),0x00400000,0,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Media Center Extender Encryption Filter,0x00200000,2,2,Mcx2Filter.dll,6.01.7601.17514
AudioRecorder WAV Dest,0x00200000,0,0,WavDest.dll,
AudioRecorder Wave Form,0x00200000,0,0,WavDest.dll,
SoundRecorder Null Renderer,0x00200000,0,0,WavDest.dll,
Infinite Pin Tee Filter,0x00200000,1,1,qcap.dll,6.06.7601.17514
Enhanced Video Renderer,0x00200000,1,0,evr.dll,6.01.7601.17514
BDA MPEG2 Transport Information Filter,0x00200000,2,0,psisrndr.ax,6.06.7601.17669
MPEG Video Decoder,0x40000001,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713

WDM Streaming Tee/Splitter Devices:
Tee/Sink-to-Sink Converter,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514

Video Compressors:
WMVideo8 Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,wmvxencd.dll,6.01.7600.16385
WMVideo9 Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,wmvencod.dll,6.01.7600.16385
MSScreen 9 encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,wmvsencd.dll,6.01.7600.16385
DV Video Encoder,0x00200000,0,0,qdv.dll,6.06.7601.17514
MJPEG Compressor,0x00200000,0,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713

Audio Compressors:
WM Speech Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,WMSPDMOE.DLL,6.01.7600.16385
WMAudio Encoder DMO,0x00600800,1,1,WMADMOE.DLL,6.01.7600.16385
ATI MPEG Audio Encoder,0x00200000,1,1,atimpenc64.dll,12.05.0000.20928
IMA ADPCM,0x00200000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
PCM,0x00200000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Microsoft ADPCM,0x00200000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
GSM 6.10,0x00200000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
CCITT A-Law,0x00200000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
CCITT u-Law,0x00200000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
MPEG Layer-3,0x00200000,1,1,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713

Audio Capture Sources:
Microphone (USB Audio Device),0x00200000,0,0,qcap.dll,6.06.7601.17514

PBDA CP Filters:
PBDA DTFilter,0x00600000,1,1,CPFilters.dll,6.06.7601.17528
PBDA ETFilter,0x00200000,0,0,CPFilters.dll,6.06.7601.17528
PBDA PTFilter,0x00200000,0,0,CPFilters.dll,6.06.7601.17528

Midi Renderers:
Default MidiOut Device,0x00800000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth,0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713

WDM Streaming Capture Devices:
Realtek HD Audio Line input,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514
Realtek HD Audio Mic input,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514
Realtek HD Audio Stereo input,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514
USB Camera,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514
USB Audio Device,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514

WDM Streaming Rendering Devices:
Realtek HD Audio output,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514
Realtek HDA SPDIF Optical Out,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514
Realtek HDA SPDIF Out,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514

BDA Network Providers:
Microsoft ATSC Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.7601.17514
Microsoft DVBC Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.7601.17514
Microsoft DVBS Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.7601.17514
Microsoft DVBT Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSDvbNP.ax,6.06.7601.17514
Microsoft Network Provider,0x00200000,0,1,MSNP.ax,6.06.7601.17514

Video Capture Sources:
USB Camera,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514

Multi-Instance Capable VBI Codecs:
VBI Codec,0x00600000,1,4,VBICodec.ax,6.06.7601.17514

BDA Transport Information Renderers:
BDA MPEG2 Transport Information Filter,0x00600000,2,0,psisrndr.ax,6.06.7601.17669
MPEG-2 Sections and Tables,0x00600000,1,0,Mpeg2Data.ax,6.06.7601.17514

BDA CP/CA Filters:
Decrypt/Tag,0x00600000,1,1,EncDec.dll,6.06.7601.17708
Encrypt/Tag,0x00200000,0,0,EncDec.dll,6.06.7601.17708
PTFilter,0x00200000,0,0,EncDec.dll,6.06.7601.17708
XDS Codec,0x00200000,0,0,EncDec.dll,6.06.7601.17708

WDM Streaming Communication Transforms:
Tee/Sink-to-Sink Converter,0x00200000,1,1,ksproxy.ax,6.01.7601.17514

Audio Renderers:
Speakers (Realtek High Definiti,0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Default DirectSound Device,0x00800000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Default WaveOut Device,0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
DirectSound: Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio),0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
DirectSound: Realtek Digital Output(Optical) (Realtek High Definition Audio),0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
DirectSound: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio),0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Realtek Digital Output (Realtek,0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713
Realtek Digital Output(Optical),0x00200000,1,0,quartz.dll,6.06.7601.17713

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EVR Power Information
---------------
Current Setting: {5C67A112-A4C9-483F-B4A7-1D473BECAFDC} (Quality)
Quality Flags: 2576
Enabled:
Force throttling
Allow half deinterlace
Allow scaling
Decode Power Usage: 100
Balanced Flags: 1424
Enabled:
Force throttling
Allow batching
Force half deinterlace
Force scaling
Decode Power Usage: 50
PowerFlags: 1424
Enabled:
Force throttling
Allow batching
Force half deinterlace
Force scaling
Decode Power Usage: 0
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2012 7:24:45 AM

do a clean install of OS and use catalyst 12.10, check if prob. gone.
December 20, 2012 7:42:51 AM

I had to do a clean install of the OS a few weeks back when I got everything new because of the motherboard change.
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a c 289 U Graphics card
December 20, 2012 9:36:49 AM

Which driver version are you running? Could you list all the connectors you connected somewhere in your PC directly from the PSU? Make sure to check the connectors before listing them and don't do the list out of your head.
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2012 10:30:37 AM

Ive seen using low RPM HDDs for games cause this issue. Im not sure If that has anything to do with the Green WD drive you have as Ive never used one. Worth a shot installing a game on your system drive and seeing if that makes a difference.

Just a suggestion =D
a c 289 U Graphics card
December 20, 2012 10:32:03 AM

I use a WD Caviar Green 5400 RPM drive for my games and all of them work fine. I doubt it's hard drive problem.
a b U Graphics card
December 20, 2012 10:34:38 AM

I couldnt find any infro on the HDD so I didnt know. Anything is worth a shot when your havng a problem. Thank sunius
December 20, 2012 11:45:36 AM

Sunius said:
Which driver version are you running? Could you list all the connectors you connected somewhere in your PC directly from the PSU? Make sure to check the connectors before listing them and don't do the list out of your head.

I just updated to Catalyst 12-10 but haven't tried any games since going that.

I'll open up the case a little later and check the connectors. I know that I have:
2 x to the motherboard, the one really large one plus another 8-pin connector.
2 x connectors to my two DVD-RW drives
2 x connectors to my 1.5TB and 3TB drives
1 x connector to the HD 5770

As said though I'll open the case and double check, posting any additional ones.
a c 289 U Graphics card
December 20, 2012 11:52:09 AM

Okay. And make sure they are all firmly connected. I'd also try disconnecting the DVD drives and checking whether it helps. A dying power supply unit could cause such issues.
a c 174 U Graphics card
December 20, 2012 11:54:10 AM

Do these slowdowns occur immediately when you start a game, or after you've been playing for a while? If the latter, it could be heat-related throttling. Make sure your temps are good, and that whatever fans you have aren't just blowing randomly, but are set up to create a flow of air through your case.
January 2, 2013 12:43:53 AM

Sorry for the late reply guys. All plugs are securely connected.

Onus - depends on what you mean by 'for a while' - they're not immediate, but within 5-10 minutes of starting up.
a c 174 U Graphics card
January 2, 2013 9:27:10 AM

Check your CPU temps. If your CPU is overheating, it will throttle to cool down.
Make sure there is no page file on your "green" drive. It should be on your system drive, or other fast drive that won't be frequently spinning down to save power.
January 2, 2013 12:49:37 PM

Ok probably really stupid questions, but how do I check for both of those?
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