Gpu working at idle when gaming

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So I have a gigabyte r9 280 and when I am gaming it is working at idle (950 MHz) instead of 1072 MHz which is the frequency in which it is supposed to work in graphics-demanding programs and this causes low fps and stuttering in my games (and no it's not because the gpu is weak, because I could play equally demanding games with many more fps a while ago when I didn't have this problem). I have tried overclocking it with different software, including the AMD Radeon settings, but the frequencies won't change. Thanks in advance
 
Check temperatures of your gpu during gaming session.
950Mhz is not idle, it is base clock.
Boost clock 1072Mhz gets activated, if gpu utilization requires it and there are no other limitations in effect (like thermal limit, power limit).
 
Can you show screenshot from MSI afterburner hardware monitoring window, when gaming?
(graphs important: FPS, cpu utilization/temp, gpu utilization/temp, video memory usage, ram usage, pagefile usage)
Hardware monitoring window looks like this:
 

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Been busy since yesterday, that's why I didn't reply earlier. So here is a screenshot of all the gpu-related stats in the hardware monitor, while I was playing far cry 5 (1080p/low-medium)
 

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My bad, I completely forgot that you asked for specific graphs when I was taking the screenshot for some reason. Here you are (I don't know how to get an fps graph though?)
 

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Look, I've been concerned before about me cpu overheating, but I think that this temperature is false. I mean, my cpu is water-cooled and I only recently reinstalled it to replace the thermal paste. Also as long as it is not being used, why should I disable the integrated gpu?
 
I don't think cpu temperature is false there. This also explains your pc gaming performance issues. Your cpu cooler is either installed wrong or pump has died.

And there's no point in having integrated gpu enabled, if you don't use it. It increases power consumption and reserves portion of system memory.
 

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Thanks for the help, will look to get a new cooler asap, but going back to my initial question, did you think of anything that could cause my gpu to work in lower freqs than normal? Because that's the real problem.
 

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Oh yeah you're right, completely missed that. Anyway, can you explain what could cause the freqs of my gpu not to change when I overclock it?
 

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