Question GTX 1060 3gb: Constant stuttering, frame drops

Mar 22, 2019
So i built my mid-range gaming PC about a month ago for quite a bit of money and used some of the best reviewed components on the market for the price. However, lately on many games I have experienced A LOT of stuttering and constant frame drops on some of the more demanding games (The division 2, BFV, and hitman 2) and this isn't micro-stuttering, my game legit freezes up for a few seconds if in game my character starts to run/jog and this happens relatively frequently. Also the audio starts to lag as well.

Parts List:
-EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 3GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC), 03G-P4-6162-KR
-MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen B350 DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 ATX Motherboard (B350 PC Mate)
-WD Blue 1TB PC Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD10EZRZ
-Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s
-EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR, Black
-AMD RYZEN 5 1500X 4-Core 3.5 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD150XBBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Things I have tried
- Customized Nvidia control panel for performance over quality
-installed new drivers
-used the GeForce game optimization tool

I have heard (from other discussions) that if you have the 1060 3gb with an AMD ryzen processor that you will need to have 16gb of ram (I only have 8gb of ram) to run the game smoothly. Is this correct? should I buy another set of 8gb ram?


May 11, 2010
Right, start with your hard drive. A 5400rpm like yours can be a real bog for some games that are sensitive to read/writes. An entry level SSD will at least take care of that. Move your OS to the SSD as well as the games you play most frequent. SSD's are so dirt cheap these days. Trust me, just get one.
Your RAM is on the low side. An additional 8Gb will secure you from writes to the swap file. The pricing on DRAM is dropping at a rapid pace, so an upgrade does make sense.
And use monitoring utilities to show you how much VRAM is actively used. 3Gb on that 1060 card of yours is also on the low side. Aim for at least a card with 6Gb - 8Gb to keep up with current games played at HD/QHD and most settings at High.