Reoccurring Stutter/FPS Drop in Majority of Games

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Bob Ware

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Oct 17, 2020
Hello everyone.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been experiencing a problem when gaming on my fairly new PC that stands on my desk (and is cleaned regularly). Within almost every single game I play, there will always be a significant frame drop that lasts about 0.5-1 second, almost like a stutter or choke of some kind, which will then instantly go away and will resume smooth gameplay. This keeps reoccurring every 2-3 minutes or so, if I’m lucky. On a bad day, it’ll happen every 30 seconds.

I’ve ran a couple of benchmarks and stress tests and they’ve all reported that my PC has great frame stability, along with overall good stats, and shouldn’t have any problems running games. What’s so strange to me is that when running these tests, there’s no hiccup whatsoever, everything is smooth and as it should be, but the problem will still show up in-game. My temperatures for both my processor and GPU are well in the average range and are not overheated, also indicating that there isn’t any bottlenecking.

I’ve tried using EmptyStandbyList as well as StandbyReclaim to no avail. I’ve installed each game separately on an HDD and SSD, and while the SSD is much faster, the problem still arises on both. I’ve tried things like reapplying thermal paste, cleaning dust in my PC, changing SATA ports, buying faster RAM, upgrading the GPU, upgrading the CPU, upgrading the monitor, unparking the CPU cores, adjusting the affinity and priority for certain games in the task manager, toggling V-Sync and G-Sync, lowering the resolution, maxing the resolution, removing GeForce Experience, uninstalling Nvidia Audio Driver, using older drivers, reset and updated the BIOS, updated the chipset drivers, reinstalled Windows 7 through 10, and there might be some other things I’ve done that I’m forgetting but the point is that I’m really trying to get to the bottom of this.

If there’s ANYBODY who thinks they can fix this problem and is willing to help me out, I’d be insanely grateful. Please and thank you!

My PC build has a GTX 1080, R5 1600, 16GB of dual-channel memory, running on Windows 10.

Thank you for your time!

TL;DR: My PC suffers from microstutters. I’ve tried a lot of things with no success and I don’t know what to do anymore. Help me, please and thank you!


PCHF Administrator
Support Team
Sep 9, 2016
Hello Bob Ware,

Good troubleshooting done already which doesn`t leave much else for us to check I`m afraid, couple of questions and a for you to do below;

What is the brand and model name or number of the power supply (PSU).

What are the games that you are having the problem with.

Have you tried a different monitor, video cable or the type of video port that you are using.

Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here, this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s.

To publish a Speccy profile to the Web:

In Speccy, click File, and then click Publish Snapshot.

In the Publish Snapshot dialog box, click Yes to enable Speccy to proceed.

Speccy publishes the profile and displays a second Publish Snapshot. You can open the URL in your default browser, copy it to the clipboard, or close the dialog box.
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