Graphics 1080 TI frame-time stutter

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  1. riggs

    riggs ^_^

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    So I recently swapped out my 1070 for an Aorus 1080 TI Xtreme and I'm noticing lots of stuttering that wasn't there before. Decided to do a fresh Windows install (as well as upgrading from a 550W to a 650W PSU and an M.2 drive for the OS) and I'm still seeing frame-time stuttering in almost all games.

    First off, the rest of my system;
    * 6600k @ 4.5GHz (stable)
    * ASROCK Z170 GAMING K4
    * 4x 4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX
    * 480GB SanDisk SSD PLUS
    * 2TB TOSHIBA 7200 HDD
    * Dell S2417DG G-Sync monitor (all games running at 1440p native)
    * 650W EVGA GQ Series, 80 PLUS Gold PSU
    * Latest Win10 update

    Things I've tried;
    * Latest NVidia drivers/rolling back drivers (DDU) (currently on 385.69)
    * Disabling Steam/Origin overlays
    * Remove CPU OC & RAM XMP profile
    * Disable HPET
    * Various combinations of VSync/Fastsync/FPS capping (currently just have VSync enabled in NVidia settings, disabled in-game)
    * Fullscreen/Windowed
    * Changing display response time (Normal/Fast), overclocking display (144Hz/165Hz) - can't hurt to try
    * A few other things which I've subsequently forgotten (I knew I should've made a checklist!)

    NVidia settings are all at default, except:
    * Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames: 1
    * Prefer Max Performance
    * V-Sync enabled
    * G-Sync on Windowed and Fullscreen

    GFX card is clocked at "Game Mode" (1721/11232) using Aorus Graphics Engine (NOT running in Sys Tray).

    Results:

    GTA V (all max except advanced settings, SSD)
    https://imgur.com/a/TpXMK

    Witcher 3 (max settings, hairworks off, HDD)
    https://imgur.com/a/HqSPB

    Doom (all max, HDD)
    https://imgur.com/a/qsRId

    Battlefield 1: Conquest (all max, DX11, SSD)
    https://imgur.com/a/tpj0J

    CoD: WWII (all max, SSD)
    https://imgur.com/a/G54EQ

    Nex Machina (all max, HDD)
    https://imgur.com/a/dytrg

    Now, you might look at a couple of these and think they're not too bad, but bear in mind these are all best case scenarios. There are other benches I've performed where FPS drop below 60fps (sometimes sub 30fps in the case of BF1) depending on what's going on on-screen. Witcher 3 for example, I could pan the camera around (with a control pad for accuracy) and not see stuttering on my old 1070. Sure, the overall FPS was lower, but it didn't stutter like it does now.

    ...and as a quick test, Battlefield 1 running at Medium settings;
    https://imgur.com/a/cOWyY
    (again this was the best of the bunch, but sub 60FPS on medium doesn't seem right)

    I've been out of the PC game for a while; are there any other tests I could perform? Any help or advice greatly appreciated. I seem to be spending more time fiddling and less time actually playing :-(

    I should add that my 1070 was running with pre-Creators update.
     
  2. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    Have you disabled the Xbox DVR/Game Mode?
     
  3. riggs

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    Yup, Game Mode/Bar/DVR all turned off.
     
  4. sandys

    sandys Well-Known Member

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    restore Nvidia stuff to defaults and disable gsync. see how that goes.

    The card is more than capable, the cpu has enough grunt, so it some supporting piece of hardware/software

    Do you have the GPU or M2 in the correct slot, as these boards are PCI-e lane limited once you add an M2 you are using 4 lanes and depending on what you using other parts of the board switch on/off and change the lane config of certain slots, there is also bandwidth sharing to contend with as you may have a conflict with another controller if you are in the wrong one.

    An M2 drive has the ability to saturate Intels DMI bus.

    The manual would be best place to start, of course make sure you have latest Motherboard BIOS too.
     
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  5. riggs

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    Ok, reset NVidia settings, GSync off (set to Fixed Refresh - 144Hz) ran 3 quick benchmarks with FRAPS; Avg. FPS between 105 - 115, but 0.1% results came in at 51FPS, 62FPS & 45FPS.

    GPU is sitting in the x16 slot, the 2nd slot on my mobo is a x4. Only one M.2 slot on the mobo. BIOS is up to date (updated a couple of days ago). Should be noted that I had FPS dips before installing the M.2 (OS was running from the SanDisk SSD).
     
  6. Corky42

    Corky42 What did walle eat for breakfast?

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    GPU Bios?
     
  7. riggs

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    Also up to date.
     
  8. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    RMA? :confused:
     
  9. riggs

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    Maybe. I've sent an email to Gigabyte to see what they think of my benchmark scores...we'll see what they say.
     
  10. Corky42

    Corky42 What did walle eat for breakfast?

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    I've just been reading the release notes for the drivers Nvidia released last Wednesday (388.31) and noticed the following fix, Micro-stuttering occurs in games when GPU monitoring tools are monitoring GPU power (“Power” monitoring enabled).
     

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