Question Random freezing/stuttering for several seconds

Dec 18, 2021
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For the last few months, I've had a very irritating issue where any games will freeze for 1-5 seconds, seemingly randomly. RAM usage is not spiking and temperatures are not getting too high, the only noticeable change I can see is my GPU clock speed dropping from 1300 to 600 Mhz. I have updated and reinstalled my graphics drivers multiple times as well. I am relatively new to PC stuff, so I feel completely lost.

GPU: AMD RX 580
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
RAM: TEAMGROUP-UD4-3200 2x16GB
PSU: EVGA 600 GD
MB: Asrock B450M
BIOS: American Megatrends v3.2
OS: Windows 10 21H1

Edit: Forgot to add storage drives, I have a 240GB SSD for my boot drive and a 2TB HDD that I keep most of my games on

Please let me know if any more info is needed, thanks
 
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Jan 25, 2022
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This might be an issue with the fTPM. I've posted a thread here, sharing my story about this and how I've fixed it. Check it out, let me know if you have any questions.
 
Dec 18, 2021
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Months later, I have figured out the solution (which feels obvious in hindsight). I disabled Norton on a hunch, and my games no longer stutter at all, not a single time. Re-enabling Norton also brought back the stutter, so I am pretty sure that’s the issue. Now I just have to find a new antivirus lol
 

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