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Old 10-10-2012, 10:57 AM #1
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FPS drops along with GPU usage. Help?

I can no longer enjoy playing BF3 because of this issue. It used to run fine and only give me the slightest bit of trouble during intense 32 on 32 **** blowin up everywhere kinda scenes on ultra. But now I will be playing just fine and completely randomly (but for always the same amount of time, like 30 seconds) the FPS will drop from 50ish to 10-20. After about 30 seconds it will jump back up to 50. It will run fine for the next 5-15 minutes then the same **** will happen. I tried to re-install the game, as well as updated video drivers.

Lastly I noticed today while investigating the problem that for some reason my 'GPU usage' goes down in accordance with the FPS drop. Is that an odd symptom? Cause it struck me as odd. See below


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Old 10-10-2012, 11:51 AM #2
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Looks like it is throttling itself due to temperature; it doesn't like running north of 70*C. Clean out the system and fans of dust. Consider visiting the air flow through the case.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:59 PM #3
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It says in afterburner it got up to 85*C. Which is pretty warm, but I don't think it's the GPU itself, it's the memory on the video card that is probably getting too hot, I believe anyways, if this is even the problem at all.

If you have crappy airflow in the case, try to fix that. If that's not an option, Leave the fan speed of the GPU at 90%+, take off the side panel, and put a small fan if you got one next to the case. If that solves your issues by god you've done it.

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Old 10-10-2012, 02:30 PM #4
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Are there any graphics-related processes that are running in the background at all besides, say, nVidia server/settings?
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:39 PM #5
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Back when I had an HD7950, I would have a similar problem if I left a youtube tab open and tried to play a game. With that said, your card also got pretty damn hot, and look at your fan RPM, it was barely getting above 45% when your card was pushing 85C. Consider setting up a custom fan profile with MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:15 PM #6
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Yeah I've done some reading and mid 70's and even 80 seems to be acceptable for 570's. But yeah mine does still seem to run pretty hot. I have an antec sonata III I think it is and it does in fact have horrible airflow. I have thrown in one fan on the side and one on the front but it still results in poor airflow.

Nothing else significant running in the backround. When that screen cap was taken I had already turned AMD cool and quite off, and turned the GPU fan to 100%. I'm afraid it might be an overheating like problem but there is no more room for another fan.
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Do what I said about taking off the side of the case and putting a desk fan or some other fan next to the case. See if it reoccurs so you know whether or not it's a temperature problem.


Also, you put a fan on the side of the Sonata III? Did you modify it or did you just glue the fan against the inside of the case. If it's still a solid panel like my Sonata III was, that isn't going to do anything.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:37 PM #8
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Oh yeah, that was you.

That still beats my Sonata III mod.




Also, thought you had a stock case, I don't think taking the side off is necessary now. Which specific model GPU is that?

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:26 PM #10
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lol, it looks like you fired a shotgun at your case
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:45 PM #12
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Thought hard about that one, I did not.


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hahaha had to post. thats hilarious.

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Went ham with some canned air and I think it did the trick. Playin BF it topped out at about 72 degrees. Great success.
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Went ham with some canned air and I think it did the trick. Playin BF it topped out at about 72 degrees. Great success.


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Figured it would be over heating.

Mine did this for awhile until I sprang for water cooling with a friend's employee from a certain "good purchase" store.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:57 AM #19
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Try running a GPU benchmark tool such as 3DMARK to see if you can notice any abnormal drops in between tests or temperature differences between tests.

I would also run Prime95 or Intel Burn Test to check the CPU performance. Have a temp monitor utility for the CPU also.
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HOLY ****ING **** WE FIGURED OUT THE PROBLEM ALREADY! LEave this thread alone.

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