Sudden fps drop

By nikpower19 ยท 44 replies
Feb 19, 2013
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  1. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I agree with a possible HDD error. Run chkdsk, SeaTools as mentioned. Also run Memtest to check your RAM.
  2. nikpower19

    nikpower19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    did chkdsk and seatools with no results ....

    done , didnt work

    done didnt work

    ----> the recommended number is 24496 , should I put this number on both boxes ? ( initial size, maximum size)

    ehmm either I missed something or I m doing something wrong, I cant follow your steps :)
  3. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    Yeah, the crappy thing about any DIAG tool, they're not always 100%. So, it could still be a problem But, it's just not catching it. Anyways, did you run a Memtest?

    Also, are you running any background applications that could be eating up resources? Background apps can cause all sorts of problems within a game or any process for that matter. For instance, Crysis 3 just doesn't like to launch without crash when I am running MSI afterburner in the background. But, as soon as I stop it, Crysis works with no issues.
  4. nikpower19

    nikpower19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I ll do memtest later and see what we get, about running backround applications.....since I have formated my pc , I only have on my laptop the drivers for alienware, chrome and smite (game)
  5. nikpower19

    nikpower19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So I had my laptop cleaned just to make sure this wasnt the problem and here I am .... I have run all the possible tests without any problems ....


    I have come to a new finding that could possibly help you identify the problem and help me solve it ..... I noticed that the fps drop happens only when I m running on high fps (above 60 ) . I have come to this finding because I was trying to record a video via fraps , every time the video recording was running ( was getting my fps at 60 ) I had no fps drop, every time I was stopping the recording , the fps drops started happening....what could causing this ?
  6. nikpower19

    nikpower19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Anyone ?
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Can we start from scratch here. Do you have Vsync enabled? Also what driver are you running
  8. nikpower19

    nikpower19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I have noticed that if I enable vsync in every game the problem get fixed, if I dont , the logs I m getting from using gpu - z shows that my gpu load drops to 0 when the fps drop happens .... but this happens outside from games as well when I dont have the option of enabling the vsync. I tried both dells drivers and latest drivers ( currently have the latest that nvidia provides, I have as well updated the nvdias vbios)
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    did you clean install it? Download the latest and custom install it and check the "clean install" option.
  10. nikpower19

    nikpower19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes it was a clean installation
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Did you try driver sweeper? If this doesnt work, I guess just turn Vsync on I dont get what is so wrong with that
  12. Geesus

    Geesus TS Rookie Posts: 22   +15

    Nvm all this installation and driver stuff. First thing I would check is gpu and then the cpu temperatures. With that checked and if all is ok then open resource monitor and see whats taking up most cpu, hd, memory etc and see if its a small or significant amount of resources being used.
    My money is on an overheating gpu.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Did you read what he said before? When he uses fraps the issue goes away... fraps would just make the GPU hotter. It is a driver issue most likely
  14. Geesus

    Geesus TS Rookie Posts: 22   +15

    No I`m sorry, I didn`t see that part. But I just have and though hes getting a constant fps with fraps, it could be because fraps is recording at 60fps and so will only show 60 fps. At least thats what mine just did when I tested it there 1 minute ago. I set fraps to record at 60 fps and even though the game is running 137fps it drops to 60fps when recording. I then set it at 30fps recording and it drops from 137fps to 30fps.
    My advice is voluntary and meant to be helpful. If it`s not helpful to him then fair enough, at least I tried. Normally I charge people for fixing their pc`s. Here its for free.;)
    Like I said..check gpu and cpu temps 1st. It wont take long to rule that out.
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    lol I wasnt hating I was just stating
  16. Geesus

    Geesus TS Rookie Posts: 22   +15

    Np m8.(y) I`m just going by how I would first look at things, though it is a harder process diagnosing from a distance.
    My old man once had his stereo apart in a hundred pieces, in an attempt to fix it. Myself as a kid asked.."did you check the plug fuse 1st dad?". He wasn`t happy at my question but had a very red face when he found out that`s exactly what it was. :D
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  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    lol, I feel ya man
  18. Gadex

    Gadex TS Rookie

    Thank you so much for this response.

    If anyone is wondering if a mouse is a culprit possibility, I can state its a YES.
    I just cleared out some weird fps drops on my system going like from 200fps to 17 and back up to 200 in a matter of seconds but enough for me to feel the "spike".

    I tried everything from different forums and finally I found this answer from LNCPapa I have never foreseen it to be a USB issue but had a mouse from a manufacturer called AWS, though I didnt use the mouse it was connected because its a weight and mouse in same thing (kinda neat), so in order to recharge batteries I had to connect it.

    When I disabled the mouse, all lag disappeared.

    I decided to write this to help anyone fighting with fps drops cause these hiccups, really felt like a windows problem to begin with. I have been working with computer for years and I have never been around a problem like this before, so hope this helps some finding a solution for fps drops.

    And again Thank you "LNCpapa"
  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    NP! Glad it helped you out. I know it was really strange the times I came across stuff like this so I wanted to post it so people wouldn't think it's outside the realm of possibility.
  20. Siddharth Garg

    Siddharth Garg TS Rookie

    That exact problem happens to me too .I am using laptop .first that happend in planetside it happens frequently in battlefield 4.please help I am having he same problem.I started hapennig after some days I bought my laptop

    I also tried to overclock my processer
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