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    when i first got my Radeon HD3870 i got an avg of 130 fps in CS. Now that number is closer to 100-110. is there anyway to get these FPS back or do cards gradually lose performance? i have had the card for around 5 months.


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    Re: Drop in Avg FPS

    Most likely there is something else in the system that has changed over that time. Other software or a driver update that is taking more resources than previous. Hardware doesn't usually degrade in the fashion of dropped FPS. A hardware degradation would lead to visible artifacts.

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    • #3
      Re: Drop in Avg FPS

      Also, have you dusted out your graphics card?

      Usually that's the #1 cause of a framerate drop in games.
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      • #4
        Re: Drop in Avg FPS

        Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
        Also, have you dusted out your graphics card?
        True. Some cards throttle performance based on die temp. forgot that one. Some motherboards throttle the processor itself based on die temp. too. A good and thorough cleaning is not a bad idea regardless of whether or not it fixes your trouble.

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        • #5
          Re: Drop in Avg FPS

          Usually if it's a driver that's causing a drop in framerates, it's usually apparent immediately. Unless the new driver version fixes something major and important, you can just switch back to your previous version.
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          • #6
            Re: Drop in Avg FPS

            It could be that something was set that would affect gameplay. Maybe in the settings it was set so that all applications use AA instead of letting the application decide? Or something like that.

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            • #7
              Re: Drop in Avg FPS

              well i havn't updated the drivers since i bought it, and i will probably dust it out. sigh.... i hate opening my PC. always that fear of shocking something..... oh well.


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              • #8
                Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                Originally posted by RudeBoy View Post
                well i havn't updated the drivers since i bought it, and i will probably dust it out. sigh.... i hate opening my PC. always that fear of shocking something..... oh well.
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                • #9
                  Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                  straps are a good idea, but even if you don't have one some times, be smart about doing it and you shouldn't have a problem. like being barefoot not on carpet and touching a bunch of different metal things before touching anything inside your computer.

                  but to dust it out you don't need to touch anything. Just get a can of compressed air and blow all your heat sinks out really well.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                    Touching random metal stuff outside the computer doesn't help. The important thing is to make your skin the same potential as the frame ground of the computer itself. That means touching bare metal of the computer case. Or a screw holding the motherboard in place.

                    Note that the computer doesn't need to be plugged in. I always unplug mine, to make sure there are no "trickle circuits" running except the clock (which is on a small 3v battery).

                    The main reason for a ground strap is to provide a continuous bleed of charge while you work. It insures that you don't build up a charge while your hands are away from the computer (for example by skuffing a carpet or having the cat rub up behind you in dry weather).
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                    • #11
                      Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                      Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
                      Touching random metal stuff outside the computer doesn't help. The important thing is to make your skin the same potential as the frame ground of the computer itself. That means touching bare metal of the computer case. Or a screw holding the motherboard in place.

                      Note that the computer doesn't need to be plugged in. I always unplug mine, to make sure there are no "trickle circuits" running except the clock (which is on a small 3v battery).

                      The main reason for a ground strap is to provide a continuous bleed of charge while you work. It insures that you don't build up a charge while your hands are away from the computer (for example by skuffing a carpet or having the cat rub up behind you in dry weather).
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                      If you do unplug your computer, switch your PSU to off before you do so. Also if you don't plan on unplugging, it is still a good idea to switch your PSU to off.

                      Of course if you have a Dell/Gateway/HP/Compaq machine, most likely you have a cheapo PSU without such a switch. In which case, I recommend unplugging.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                        What's the benefit of switching off the PSU?

                        The only time I do that is as a quick way to skip waiting 8 seconds for the front-panel power switch to override the mobo smart power circuit and reset the system when things are too hung for the front panel switch to power things down.

                        If I'm going to be working inside the system, I unplug everything. Power can come in through any cable. There's supposed to be protective circuitry but why risk it?
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                        • #13
                          Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                          Well my dad's always taught me to switch it to "off" before unplugging it in the event there's a surge or something while I'm unplugging it.

                          It makes sense to me.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                            Throwing the switch is unplugging it. It just breaks the metal path in the circuit. Things would be no better if the surge hit at the moment you threw the switch.

                            Perhaps the concern is arcing, and the switch might be more robust against arcing than the power connector.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Drop in Avg FPS

                              1. Dust
                              2. Another program that is eating fps
                              3. Could be your card.

                              Most likely 1. or 2. I hope this helps.
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