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Massive FPS Drops, doesn't matter which settings

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May 18, 2023
When I play Hogwarts Legacy or Star Wars Jedi: Survivor my FPS drop from 80 to 2-10, then going back to normal for a couple seconds. I tried changing graphic settings several times but that doesnt seem to change anything, so I dont think that my computer misses the needed hardware.

Here are my specs:
CPU - Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700KF CPU @ 3.80GHz
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB
RAM - 16 GB
Motherboard - ASUS PRIME B560M-K

Sorry if I'm missing something, I don't really know much about hardware.
Thank you in advance!
My internet is fairly slow.
Here's a speed test :(


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Let's get some more information:

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Please list your power supply unit (manufacturer and model)
That PSU is inadequate.

a 600W unrated 80 Plus is not good enough for a add-on GPU like the 3060.

A 3060 should have an 700/750W 80+ Gold PSU from a reputable manufacturer (Seasonic, EVGA, Corsair, etc).

Check here for required PSU information, and here for a list of good and bad PSUs.

Driver Easy Scheduled Scan
Driver Easy, along with most all other non-manufacturer driver installing programs is snake oil, and has been shown to do more harm than good due to bad update installations and outdated updates.

Free Space: 445 GB (24%)
Free Space: 136 GB (15%)
Your drives need to be cleared up, try to keep at least 30% of the drive free to give it the breathing room it needs for temp files. Offloading unused programs or files would benefit your computer.

I'll attach my basic maintenance list in a response of its own to keep it neat, but the main issue I see right now is an underpowered power supply.
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This is my laundry list, it's a good starting point for troubleshooting and should get you an idea what's going on:

1. Try running the following programs, also try to keep at least 25-30% of your disks as free space.

Run Disk Cleanup (check all the boxes) this will delete things such as your recycling bin, so make sure you don't have any files you want to keep.

Run Defragment and Optimize Drives, run this on your drives.

These will free up some space, but you may need to relocate/delete files to reach the suggested free space.

2. Disable any overclocking or changes to power/performance settings

Undo any overclocking you may have done (if any)

Settings > System > Power and sleep > Additional power settings
Make sure your power plan is set to balanced, high performance/ultimate performance is only beneficial on gaming laptops where it needs that extra boost.

3. Check for Operating System Corruption

Right click on the Windows logo in the bottom left and select Windows Powershell (Admin)
Run these three commands separately:

sfc /scannow

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

These will take a while to run, do not close out of Powershell while they are running, if one fails then move onto the next and then loop back around.

Note: It doesn't hurt to make a system backup before you make all these changes, save any important files of folders. While these changes shouldn't cause any issues, better to be safe than sorry.

4. Unplug unnecessary devices.

If you have a gamepad, extra monitor, external hard drive/flash drive, or anything that is not essential to using the computer plugged in, unplug it.

Once you have completed all of these tasks, restart it (using the restart option in the power menu) and re-test.
Sorry for not responding over the past few days, I was quite busy.
Thanks for all the help. I did every step of your laundry list, I tried to clean up my drives and uninstalled driver easy, as you recommended.
Although it didn't help (as I expected), there's no reason not to do it.
Regarding the PSU, someone recommended the Corsair RM750x 80 PLUS Gold. The installation process seems pretty complicated and it would be very frustating if it doesn't change anything, so I'm a bit hesitant.
Power supplies are relatively easy. Take note of the route your cables are taking now and just match it up with the new cables. :)

The RM750 is fully modular if I remember correctly, make sure the cables are plugged into the proper sides (One should be labelled PSU - that gets plugged into the power supply and the other end goes to the specified component).
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