I play all my games at 2048x1536. Now, in the vast majority of games I get flowing, uninterrupted gameplay at expected framerates. My temps are perfectly fine with the CPU never going over 60c and my GPU below 70c (regardless of the game) In the odd few games though there is a distinct half second pause as it seems to be loading information into the game/or writing data, examples of this - Portal - Certain areas of the chambers Portal 2 - before I enter every chamber Mafia II - Loading up new areas of the map as I drive around Riddick - When the saving/loading icon appears on the screen Trine - As I move from room to room, or if text/a pop up appears on screen Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1/2 - When a new staged event is about to occur Crysis & Warhead - Checkpoint saves Batman AA - Certaing checkpoints Dead Space 1 & 2 - Save points I made a youtube video showing the stutter in Portal 2 - Portal 2 Checkpoint Stutter Important things to note - - I have everything on one hard drive OS&Pagefile, Games, Downloads & Mods all divided into 3 partitions. - I have 4GB RAM - I have tested with everything at stock and with my overclocked settings (no difference) - I am using AHCI with intel RST drivers - I've tried different catalyst drivers (all with the same problem) - I have tried max settings and lowest settings to see if it was a Vram issue but no difference. Is this normal or is something slightly off? It's not a major thing and I can play any game out there but sometimes it does get annoying. I just want to know what causes this and possible ways to fix it. As always, I look forward to your input and thoughts. Thanks.