Question FPS Stuttering On all Games, despite fairly high end rig

Jan 12, 2020
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Hello, hoping you can help with a persistent problem I have been having for over a year.
I have been experiencing stuttering in games recently, but it performs a little oddly: The game will run perfectly smooth on the highest graphics settings but will occasionally freeze up entirely for a brief moment before continuing smoothly. Audio continues through the stutter. Some examples are shown in videos below:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjSCClzDhJE


View: https://youtu.be/NECDCeZFTB8


View: https://youtu.be/csHd0ALc-qo


View: https://youtu.be/4k300HlRItU


Please note this issue is not isolated to multiplayer and also occurs on single player games. I have noticed on windows task manager that there is a drop in performance of the GPU when stutters occur as seen in this screenshot.
View: https://imgur.com/a/9ZfCqij


The specs of my PC are as follows:
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600x (6 Core) CPU
  • AMD 5700 XT(Recently replaced my RTX 2060 GPU)
  • 16GB of Corsair DDR4 RAM
  • Games installed on a SSD
  • 700W PSU
  • Windows 10
  • B450 Tomahawk Motherboard (MSC7-02)
  • CPUTemp is normal and not the issue.
  • I use a 75Hz, 2560x1440p monitor
Here is a list of some fixes I have tried to no avail:
  1. Adjusting the page file values and location in various ways
  2. Changing Bios to XMP settings
  3. Underclocking
  4. Updating Drivers (Including using DDU to wipe any old driver issues)
  5. Fully reinstalling windows and wiping all drives to factory settings
  6. Buying new components to the point I have a new PC. This includes, GPU, CPU, RAM, Motherboard, PSU and case for better ventilation.
  7. Cleaning all components
  8. Trying different PCIE ports
  9. Using malware/antivirus
  10. Using Intelligent Standby List
  11. Toggling VSync Settings
  12. Confirmed it is not network lag
  13. Tried giving PSU dedicated wall outlet
  14. Memory in correct slots on board, in Dual etc.
  15. Got GPU RMA'd incase that was the issue.
  16. Checked windows power settings
  17. Disable background apps
  18. Disabling in game overlays
 
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Your searches for a fix show admirable persistence.

Did anything change when you replaced the 2060 with the rx 5700?

You say games are on a ssd.
Is windows also on a ssd?
If you have a hard drive involved, you might be delayed finding something like texture files to load.
 
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Your searches for a fix show admirable persistence.

Did anything change when you replaced the 2060 with the rx 5700?

You say games are on a ssd.
Is windows also on a ssd?
If you have a hard drive involved, you might be delayed finding something like texture files to load.
Hi, everything is on the SSD, hard drive is currently waiting to be used until this has been sorted. OS and games both on SSD
 

T1Cybernetic

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I'm having a pretty similar if not the same issue as yourself and judging by all the posts many other people :( But before I troubleshoot further I came to google and here for some answers.

Until recently I was using an older rig with no stutter.

FX 8350 - Sabertooth 990fx - 8GB Hyperx Beast 2400MHz.
Now I have.
Ryzen 2700x - MSI Gaming Plus Max - 16GB Vengeance LPX Black.

I have updated those few components but for now I am still running my old R9 290x :D The stuttering is just like yours in the video's and I expect it to be throttling due to temperatures? Or simply be a bottleneck with the upgraded parts but I'm not sure yet.

Power supply is an EVGA Supernova GS 850W

These old 290x cards gets really hot and loud on auto fan settings :eek:
 

T1Cybernetic

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If it helps it turns out it was my old thermal paste ;) I took the heatsink off the card and the old stuff was a bit of a dried up mess :( Plus the thermal pads were a little dusted up, All seemed to be ok but dirty nonetheless.

I reapplied some arctic silver ceramique and changed the thermal pads all around and it's working great again!
 

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