[SOLVED] Constant FPS Drops

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v1nicin

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Hi everyone, i'll try to be brief as possible.
It's been a while since i'm having FPS drops on all games that i play, even with the "lightweight" ones such as LoL and CSGO. I really don't know how to diagnose this and i need help to find the problem.

Info about the problem

Whenever i'm playing CSGO, for example, my FPS drops from 300 to 30, playing it with the lowest configs possible and system optmizations (energy mode, system on best performance, no viruses, etc.). The drops are constant, i play for 1 minute on 300 FPS, then it drops to 30 or so, stays like that for 10 seconds, go back to normal and after 1 minute it happens again, repeating until the match is over.

Setup

• FX 6300 3.5Ghz Black Edition
• Asus M5A78L
• 2x 4GB Corsair Value Select DDR3 1600Mhz
• Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB / KingDian 240GB
• Thermaltake SmartSeries 550W, 80Plus Active PFC, SP-550PCBBZ
• Galax GTX 1050Ti 4GB

Observations: recently i just fixed a problem that my computer wasn't booting, ended up finding out that it was one of mine RAM sticks, managed to fix it and now they're both working properly according to Windows Memory Diagnostic and CPU-Z. I thought it was also going to fix the FPS drops problem, since i was playing with only 4GB, but it didn`t.


Thanks for any future help.
 

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The cpu IS thermal throttling.

The way this works, the closer you are to 0 - or if they're in the negatives, the worse the temps are. The minimum core temps are in the negatives and the max is still single digit.

What is the cooler?
 

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You're having drops on all the games that require a CONSTANT ONLINE CONNECTION, right?
The recent pandemic is probably related. There are more people in game at the same hours as you now, so that goes without saying... there may not be a fix for this other than time.

Post the URL to your results. Perhaps something will stand out.
 
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Phaaze88

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Dont really know how to read this test, but here it is: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/25772742
1)Turbo clock is lower than the base clock - likely overheating. Over time, usually a few years or more, thermal paste does dry up. Perhaps it's time to reapply it.

2)Main system drive isn't doing too well.
Poor health? Crystal Disk Info can be used to check: https://crystalmark.info/redirect.php?product=CrystalDiskInfoInstaller
Overheating? Crystal Disk Info will show that too.
Virus/malware? Give Adwcleaner a run: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/

I think those are the biggest red flags.
 
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v1nicin

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v1nicin

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Oh right. HWMonitor doesn't show the correct readings for AMD's FX cpus. Instead of the current temp, it's the distance to throttle temp.
AMD Overdrive shows the correct readings: https://www.techspot.com/downloads/4645-amd-overdrive.html

The thermal margin for the FX-6300 is 70.5C: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Bulldozer/AMD-FX-Series FX-6300.html
Could you please analyze it? Am i doing something wrong? Temperatures are bellow 0.

AMD OverDrive screenshots

Edit: nevermind, searched a little bit and found out that negative temperatures in OD means that i'm over the safe temp limit (at least thats what i found).
 
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Phaaze88

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The cpu IS thermal throttling.

The way this works, the closer you are to 0 - or if they're in the negatives, the worse the temps are. The minimum core temps are in the negatives and the max is still single digit.

What is the cooler?
 

v1nicin

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You ARE thermal throttling.

The way this works, the closer you are to 0 - or if they're in the negatives, the worse the temps are. The minimum core temps are in the negatives and the max is still single digit.

What is the cooler?
It's the stock cooler, lol.
Tomorrow i'm going to give it a good cleaning and will be applying a thermal paste.
I'll give a feedback as soon as i do it.
Thanks for all the help till now, @Phaaze88, you are a great user.
 

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It's kind of old, but is it the push-pin type or does it use screws?
With the push-pin coolers, you should try to secure 2 at a time in a X formation - the pins need to click too.
With screws, the formation doesn't change, but don't fully screw in one screw; it's best to do each one a little at a time.
 
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v1nicin

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It's kind of old, but is it the push-pin type or does it use screws?
With the push-pin coolers, you should try to secure 2 at a time in a X formation - the pins need to click too.
With screws, the formation doesn't change, but don't fully screw in one screw; it's best to do each one a little at a time.
I'm not sure but i think it is the screw type. The cooler is screwed to the heatskin. About the X screwing, i usually do it like that.
 
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v1nicin

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@Phaaze88 seems like re-applying the thermal paste and cleaning it did the trick! I was definitely thermal throttling, no more FPS drops!

Thanks for helping and sharing your knowledge, really appreciate it.
 
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