Poor Benchmarks GTX970 & i5-4690k

By AJL313
Apr 18, 2015
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  1. About four weeks ago I built a new rig and everything was going great. Starting two days ago I noticed I was getting terrible FPS, even in very lightweight games. I decided to download and run some benchmarks, and something is clearly wrong. My system, even with stock clocks, should be getting in the ballpark of 10k in 3Dmark Firestrike; I am getting around 4k with an abysmal physics score.

    I rolled the drivers back, completely reinstalled the graphics card, checked the BIOS settings, checked Nvidia control panel, checked the CPU with CPU-Z (all to the best of my amateur knowledge), and nothing seems to stand out as the culprit. Poor performance started around the time of a windows and driver update but I can't say for sure if that is the problem or merely a coincidence. I am at a loss as to what I should do, or even be looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    CPU: i5-4690k 3.50GHz (stock clock and cooler for now)
    GPU: Asus Strix GTX970 (factory clock)
    RAM: 8GB HyperX Savage 1600
    PSU: EVGA 600B
    MB: MSI Z97-G45
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Below is the average benchmark.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Do you have the latest GeForce driver installed? You can check for this here: Rolling back video drivers never works very well
  3. AJL313

    AJL313 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for the response. Yes I currently have the latest Nvidia drivers. Doesn't seem to make a difference however.

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