Hi, I'm using an Asus G51Jx with the NVIDIA GeForce GTS360M GPU. Recently, the GPU has been acting up and is giving poor performance occasionally. Sometimes I start games and the FPS is severely lower than usual, but when I check the GPU clocks they are already running at the highest rates and not at the 2D rate. Nothing I do can resolve this problem unless I shut down the computer fully and restart it. Even a simple Restart from Windows doesn't work.
I suspected that this might be a GPU driver problem since after upgrading to newer drivers with a prior slow-GPU, the GPU returns to its usual working state after a new driver is installed and started. However, I've tried upgrading to all available new GPU drivers but this problem remains. Is this a sign of a failing GPU? Sometimes even a restart doesn't work. I had to restart 2-3 times for the GPU to go back to working order occasionally.
I've tried using MSI Kombustor at times when the GPU is having this problem and it too experiences a very significant reduction in FPS from the usual 25+ to only 7-8