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Strange stutter/microfreeze and wonky feeling PC for months now...

m1jh

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Hello. My build is this (from Speccy)

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
CPU
AMD Ryzen 5 (3600, speccy couldn't read this for some reason)
RAM
16.0GB (Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200mhz)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. PRIME X370-PRO (AM4) 37 °C
Graphics
DELL AW2518HF (1920x1080@240Hz)
KN242HYL (1920x1080@60Hz)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (EVGA) 62 °C
Storage
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM006-2DM164 (SATA ) 35 °C
465GB Western Digital WDC WDS500G2B0B (SATA (SSD)) 45 °C
Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected
Audio
Yamaha Steinberg USB Audio


I've have this Ryzen 5 build for about 3 years now and a few months ago a strange stutter/freeze started happening intermittently. This stutter got worse to a point where the whole system started feeling somewhat slow, and audio starting popping somewhat. I suspected latency and checked latencymon to find no issues. I changed monitors, disconnected everything, started reinstalling windows, then finally started switching out components to isolate the issue. So far I have:
replaced the CPU from a ryzen 1600 to a ryzen 5 3600
replaced the GPU from a gtx 1060 to a gtx 1660ti
replaced the SSD from a 850 evo 250gb to a western digital blue M.2 500gb ssd
replaced the RAM from 16 gb G.Skill Aegis 3000mhz to 16gb corsair vengeance LPX 3200mhz
I'm down to only motherboard and PSU left unchanged. My PSU is EVGA Supernova G3 550

Here's some examples of this strange freeze/stutter that causes the whole system to feel super unsmooth. In games there's not any noticeable FPS drop associated with this freeze/stutter and this problem is not isolated to games. Even basic windows animations like opening up a minimized app or window would look unsmooth

https://streamable.com/k001ti (minecraft which I just recorded a few minutes ago. For some reason this problem affects minecraft in a way that is exemplary of the issue.)

https://streamable.com/3a25j (fortnite from a few months ago before I started switching out components)

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
 
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Maybe reinstalling Windows 10 will fix your problems. Windows 10 get slowed down over time as it collects more junks anyways...
 

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Hello. Reinstalled Windows a few times now and on different drives. Issue persists. I am strongly considering outright building a whole new PC and going with Intel due to this headache of an issue.
 
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Latest chipset drivers installed from AMD's website?

Also, this happens with games installed on both HDD and SSD?
 

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Yes latest chipset drivers as well as GPU, USB, Network, etc. This happens across the system but yes games on the SSD as well as the HDD suffer from this issue as well.
 
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I can see the micro stutters in the Fortnite clip, but I'm unable to see any stutters in the Minecraft clip. Can you upload another Fortnite clip? It's better to have the same controlled application for testing purposes.
 

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The stutters in minecraft might be difficult to perceive due to the lower fresh rate of the recording. At 240hz these microstutters are insane. Also upon retesting with LatencyMon within 2 minutes I noticed that measured interrupt to process latency spikes and this must be the cause for the audio clicks/pops I hear in everything and perhaps the reason for the stutters? Not sure how to tell what's causing this latency though. I'll try fortnite again in a few minutes.
 

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Hi, I have the same issue, it started around february for me. Before then I had no issues at all for many years in windows 10. Since the stuttering has appeared I've reinstalled windows 10, changed to v2004, v1909, 1809, changed cpu/ram/motherboard/graphics card, monitor keyboard and mouse.
At the moment Im using Ryzen 3700x + Nvidia 2080ti.

The issues I get are similar to what others report when they have dual monitors. Stuttering in apps on the desktop. But Im using one monitor. Sometimes I get stuttering in apps on the desktop. Even Firefox/Chrome/Edge all stutter when I scroll. I get micro stuttering in Minecraft, which shouldnt be there. Never was there before issues started to show.

Just wondering, Have you tried disconnecting one monitor, and ensuring vsync is turned on? Also try turning on max performance globally in the nvidia control panel. I saw that some stuttering can happen when Nvidia is set to its default optimal profile.

It makes me wonder if Microsoft have released an update for windows 10 that has caused issues to appear with some configs. Possibly even patching their older windows versions too, so downgrading windows doesnt help.

Many of my issues started when i upgraded from intel haswell to ryzen, earlier on this year, but the odd thing is, i switched back to the haswell build, totally different configuration and it has showed similar issues.

In my ryzen/nvidia system, Latencymon shoots up to around 850 for the nvidia driver, just by clicking the start button in windows.

I may give windows 1709 a try.
 
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Hi, I have the same issue, it started around february for me. Before then I had no issues at all for many years in windows 10. Since the stuttering has appeared I've reinstalled windows 10, changed to v2004, v1909, 1809, changed cpu/ram/motherboard/graphics card, monitor keyboard and mouse.
At the moment Im using Ryzen 3700x + Nvidia 2080ti.

The issues I get are similar to what others report when they have dual monitors. Stuttering in apps on the desktop. But Im using one monitor. Sometimes I get stuttering in apps on the desktop. Even Firefox/Chrome/Edge all stutter when I scroll. I get micro stuttering in Minecraft, which shouldnt be there. Never was there before issues started to show.

Just wondering, Have you tried disconnecting one monitor, and ensuring vsync is turned on?

It makes me wonder if Microsoft have released an update for windows 10 that has caused issues to appear with some configs. Possibly even patching their older windows versions too, so downgrading windows doesnt help.

Many of my issues started when i upgraded from intel haswell to ryzen, earlier on this year, but the odd thing is, i switched back to the haswell build, totally different configuration and it has showed similar issues.

I may give windows 1709 a try.
I have not tried downgrading windows and I have tried with one monitor, switched monitors, switched DP cable, tried HDMI etc. The system just feels like straight trash. Constant micro-stutters and audio crackles/pops/clicks on any audio output. Minecraft for me also is incredibly stuttery but that's every game that seems to be CPU intensive. For some reason star wars battlefront 2 wasn't too stuttery but still not smooth. I generally don't play games with vsync because of input lag but I did try it and there was no difference. That's strange that an intel build would show the same issues. I am strongly considering building a new PC at this point. I've switched every component out except for the motherboard and the PSU and at this point it would be a coin toss to see which one would be the issue. I can't imagine Microsoft would make a Windows 10 build so horrific that the system is rendered nearly unusable but who knows. I am thinking about just doing an i9 build.
 
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Download InSpectre and then disable Spectre Protection then restart and see how it goes?
 
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Hi, I have the same issue, it started around february for me. Before then I had no issues at all for many years in windows 10. Since the stuttering has appeared I've reinstalled windows 10, changed to v2004, v1909, 1809, changed cpu/ram/motherboard/graphics card, monitor keyboard and mouse.
At the moment Im using Ryzen 3700x + Nvidia 2080ti.

The issues I get are similar to what others report when they have dual monitors. Stuttering in apps on the desktop. But Im using one monitor. Sometimes I get stuttering in apps on the desktop. Even Firefox/Chrome/Edge all stutter when I scroll. I get micro stuttering in Minecraft, which shouldnt be there. Never was there before issues started to show.

Just wondering, Have you tried disconnecting one monitor, and ensuring vsync is turned on? Also try turning on max performance globally in the nvidia control panel. I saw that some stuttering can happen when Nvidia is set to its default optimal profile.

It makes me wonder if Microsoft have released an update for windows 10 that has caused issues to appear with some configs. Possibly even patching their older windows versions too, so downgrading windows doesnt help.

Many of my issues started when i upgraded from intel haswell to ryzen, earlier on this year, but the odd thing is, i switched back to the haswell build, totally different configuration and it has showed similar issues.

In my ryzen/nvidia system, Latencymon shoots up to around 850 for the nvidia driver, just by clicking the start button in windows.

I may give windows 1709 a try.
Its not a windows problem. I send you pm, let me take a quick look.

Its odd when all these people have same problem and still they are building new pcs. I can put 100€ for that I fix it in 1hr.
 
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I'm experiencing the same stutter problem and I just replace my 8700k to Ryzen, and the stuttering still following even with fresh install of Windows 10 from build 1909 to 2004 on both plateform, I'm suspecting the HDD is making the stutter, because when it's disconnected from the system, everything game is smooth. Now I'm trying to find a solution to fix with HDD plugged in like a full format on the disk...
 
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I actually have spent a lot of time in competitive fortnite and coaching a few people and I can say right now, that Fortnite is in a terrible state performance wise. I would try to use anything but that to test for performance issues because everyone I know and coach is having issues in fortnite with performance and frame drops. Its a well known issue right now. Not saying that there isnt an issue, just saying that the Fortnite one might just be Fortnite itself. I would try something else.
 
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So guess what just came out today (!) for your board...


Version 5601 2020/07/2710.47 MBytes
PRIME X370-PRO BIOS 5601
"Improve system performance
Improve DRAM stability
Improve system stability
Improve system compatibility
Fixed AI suite 3 issue
Update AM4 AGESA to 1006
Fixed HDMI and DP sound issue"
 
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