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CPU Mass Effect Stutters With Overclock

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by H2O, 27 Feb 2010.

  1. H2O

    H2O Burnt Acrylic - Mmmmmm

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    I recently overclocked my Core i7 920 to 4.4GHz, and now when I play Mass Effect, the game stutters severely during the cut scenes and during game play right after the cut scenes. This did not happen when I played ME with my 920 a stock speeds, and I have not changed any graphics settings in the game. In addition, all of my other games are unaffected by this stuttering. Is this a software problem or am I looking at something hardware related?

    My overclock tested stable with Intel Burn Test. The only thing I could think of was I disabled HT, but can ME really use all 8 threads?
     
  2. Jux_Zeil

    Jux_Zeil What's a Dremel?

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    It could be that when you install ME it does a burst test of the CPU to see how the cores and cache are timing together. You might have to re-install the game.
     
  3. bagman

    bagman Minimodder

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    try bringing the overclock to about 3.8ghz and try then and see if it stutters i have had same problem with my q6600 i thought it was stable at 3.9 it passed the intel burn test but in games it was rubbish so i took it down to 3.8 and it was fine
     
  4. Pete J

    Pete J Employed scum

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    Maybe you're pushing your RAM too hard?
     
  5. Jux_Zeil

    Jux_Zeil What's a Dremel?

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    I forgot to ask, have you've turned off the turbo boost in the BIOS as that might be causing sudden increase then decrease in core switching?
     
  6. bagman

    bagman Minimodder

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    core i7 dosen't have turbo boost does it? i thought that was only p55 boards?
     
  7. barndoor101

    barndoor101 Bring back the demote thread!

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    yes it does, but not as much of a boost as the p55 chips.

    it does 133mhz tops i think, compared to 266mhz for the p55 ones.
     
  8. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    Just a quick thought... the CPU is throttling?
     
  9. oasked

    oasked Stuck in (better) mud

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    Nope, definitely won't be that. The CPU wouldn't throttle under load.



    I think the problem will go away if you lower your overclock a little. Make sure Turbo boost is disabled too. :)
     
  10. H2O

    H2O Burnt Acrylic - Mmmmmm

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    Wierd. The problem seems to have corrected itself. Thanks for all the advice; I will be sure to check here if I encounter the problem again.
     
  11. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    Not really sure I understand... I'd say if there was any throttling at all it'd happen under load. :)

    Good to hear that things are back to normal. :thumb:
     
  12. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    This.

    To be honest 4.4GHz is pushing it very hard. We've semi-regularly seen situations where a CPU will overclock and burn in OK, but the test results will come out slower because of errors.
     

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