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Microstuttering in All Games- Frametime Spikes/GPU Power Drops/Voltage Spikes

bbacks26

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Hi, so I have been getting these microstutters in almost all games I play. However, they occur much more frequently in GPU demanding games. CPU demanding games, like CSGO, I have no issue with. This leads me to believe my issue is related to my GPU. These micro stutters or frametime spikes, occur at the exact time the GPU Power % drops as indicated by MSI Afterburner. These frametime spikes are ALSO occur when my Power Limit drops to 0 and my Voltage Limit spikes to 1. My graphics card is a non-overclocked EVGA RTX 2080ti Hybrid. If anyone has any idea what could be happening I would greatly appreciate it. Below are graphs recorded while playing Jedi Fallen Order:


MY SPECS:

  • -i7 9700k (not OC)
  • -EVGA Geforce RTX 2080ti XC Hybrid (not OC)
  • -Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB DDR4 3200mhz (4x8)
  • -ASUS Prime Z390-A
  • -Corsair RMX 750x WATT PSU
  • -Samsung 970 EVO 500gb M.2 SSD
  • -6TB WD Blue 5400RPM HDD-1TB WD BLUE 7200RPM HDD-TP Link TL-WDN4800 PCIe Wifi Adapter
  • -Primary Monitor: ASUS PG279Q (1440p 165hz Gsync)
  • -Secondary Monitor: ASUS VG248QG (1080p, 165hz, Gsync)
 
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The only thing I can think of right now is to try the latest drivers and take wifi pci-e card out of the system, perhaps frequencies interfere with Geforce that is running at quite high MHz.
 

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honestly that frametime graph looks fine to me, whic games u play? if its PUBG or BF5 in DX12 it will stutter, these r games i know for sure will stutter AF
 
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OC the 9700k to 5ghz all core and see if the stutters go away. You should be able to achieve that with 1.35v.

Remove the powerlimit duration for the CPU too.
 
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OC the 9700k to 5ghz all core and see if the stutters go away.
The 9700K should not stutter - at least never with the OP's system specs - and recommending he/she OC's the thing to 5GHz to "see if" the problem persists kinda strikes me as wrong advice..... or at least something designed to mask the original issue; never a good idea.




@bbacks26 -> The WD Blue 6TB should be an SMR drive... the 1TB is likely (99.9%+) to be AMR. The SMR drive and the way it stores information may be an issue to games that write a large amount of data or newer 'AAA' games and overall could be the reason you see stuttering.

Reinstalling Win 10 is also always a move worth considering....
 
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I noticed different games react differently. For example, in Deus EX mankind Divided i must set it to Exclusive Fullscreen to eliminate micro stutter. In others i must enable vsync either in drivers or the game. Try testing different things for games until it works fine. Also, having OBS open and using display capture will cause any game to micro stutter. That's even when not streaming. Just having OBS displaying the display capture. Might be other software that hooks to game causing stutter as well.
 

bbacks26

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Hi, so I have been getting these microstutters in almost all games I play. However, they occur much more frequently in GPU demanding games. CPU demanding games, like CSGO, I have no issue with. This leads me to believe my issue is related to my GPU. These micro stutters or frametime spikes, occur at the exact time the GPU Power % drops as indicated by MSI Afterburner. These frametime spikes are ALSO occur when my Power Limit drops to 0 and my Voltage Limit spikes to 1. My graphics card is a non-overclocked EVGA RTX 2080ti Hybrid. If anyone has any idea what could be happening I would greatly appreciate it. Below are graphs recorded while playing Jedi Fallen Order:


MY SPECS:

  • -i7 9700k (not OC)
  • -EVGA Geforce RTX 2080ti XC Hybrid (not OC)
  • -Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB DDR4 3200mhz (4x8)
  • -ASUS Prime Z390-A
  • -Corsair RMX 750x WATT PSU
  • -Samsung 970 EVO 500gb M.2 SSD
  • -6TB WD Blue 5400RPM HDD-1TB WD BLUE 7200RPM HDD-TP Link TL-WDN4800 PCIe Wifi Adapter
  • -Primary Monitor: ASUS PG279Q (1440p 165hz Gsync)
  • -Secondary Monitor: ASUS VG248QG (1080p, 165hz, Gsync)
EDIT: I FIXED THE STUTTERING!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!What I did that removed all stuttering was a combination of things so bare with me here: a fresh install of windows, unplugged the USB 3.0 cable from my motherboard, set my XMP profile to on and chose the "XMP 2" option in ASUS bios, changed my fps limit on my 165hz monitor from 162 to 163 in Nvidia control panel under "Max Framerate" (this seemed to be a more stable limit for some bizarre reason), completely uninstalled MSI Afterburner and Rivatuner as these introduced stuttering for me, Turned ON GPU Scheduling in Windows settings, turned on high performance power mode, turned off xbox game mode/dvr, and I also disabled all background apps in settings. The difference is night and day. Been dealing with stuttering for 4 months on my new 2k dollar pc and I can FINALLY enjoy it! There is literally 0 stutter now. PLEASE, if my situation is similar to yours, try out these steps. I suggest trying some of the less extreme stuff first (setting fps limit to 163, turning on XMP 2) before going ahead with a fresh windows install. The smaller things might actually be the issue. Please lmk if they helped you!
 
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If you have 165Hz monitor, it's not obvious to me why you don't just turn Vsync ON? On NV hardware it acts as framelimiter itself.
Rivatuner and afterburner do poll GPU and if driver can't handle it - stutters. Funny example - on my HD 7970 with GPU-Z in the background in XP I first observed these stutters, but they weren't micro. :)
 

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If you have 165Hz monitor, it's not obvious to me why you don't just turn Vsync ON? On NV hardware it acts as framelimiter itself.
Rivatuner and afterburner do poll GPU and if driver can't handle it - stutters. Funny example - on my HD 7970 with GPU-Z in the background in XP I first observed these stutters, but they weren't micro. :)
Hi, reasoning for my FPS limit is because I follow the blur buster gsync guide: https://blurbusters.com/gsync/gsync101-input-lag-tests-and-settings/14/ which states that your FPS limit should be 2-3 frames below the refresh rate of your monitor so that it stays within gsync range and doesn’t introduce latency, stutters
 
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Glad you finally figured it out, on your... what... 8th account here? :rolleyes: :toast:
 
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