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bohica
Adept I

After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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Hello all,

About my PC:

Windows 10 x64, Build 14295

Intel Core i5-3570 @3.40GHz

Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC

8GB DDR3 RAM

ASRock Z77 Pro3

After I updated the Radeon software to Crimson version 16.3.2, I am experiencing heavy framerate drops in several games that are normally not that demanding (Rocket League, FIFA 16, CS:GO on medium settings, Watch_Dogs).

For example in Rocket League, frames stay stable at 144 FPS (target frame rate in Radeon settings), then suddenly drop to 50-60 for a split second, just to come up to 144 again.

This causes stuttering and awkward video jumps during the game, which is very annoying and should not happen with this kind of setup.

Before the update, everything went smooth, FPS were great in every game.

Does someone have an idea on what to look at?

I tried removing the driver completely with DDU in safe mode and reinstalled again from the website, but nothing changed.

I appreciate every feedback I can get!

Edit: I have now tested a bit more, MSI Afterburner shows the GPU clock dropping down to 400 - 800 during the FPS drops.

Are these drops by design? Temperature is around 70-75 degrees Celsius, which for me is no reason to scale down on performance.

During YouTube videos, the GPU clock is stable on 1010 MHz @ 60 degrees Celsius, not dropping at any time.

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janabimustafa
Journeyman III

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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Build 14295 still has issue with Xinput. Disconnect the controller and play with the keyboard and mouse. The issue should disappear.

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mottoman216
Adept III

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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Try this.. Disable "Power Efficiency" in Radeon Settings > Global Settings. Also try bumping up your "Power Limit" some in the overdrive menu.

bohica
Adept I

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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I do not have the "Power Efficiency" option, but raised the "Power Limit" by 10% . It seems worse to me. FPS drops start earlier into the game, I even had a game crash after some flickering after changing that option.

I even experienced additional graphics glitches like flickering and small weird textures, which did not seem good.

In addition, I have uninstalled the 16.3.2 Crimson driver and installed the 15.12 one, which I had before. So far, nothing changed, I still have the frame drops, even with the previous driver, which was fine

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mottoman216
Adept III

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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Sounds like you have a faulty card honestly.

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mottoman216
Adept III

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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Try uninstalling the drivers through "Programs And Features" and then use AMD Clean Uninstall Utility to clean up the rest. i have had issues in the past with DDU getting rid of leftovers with AMD drivers. but it always worked perfectly using the AMD utility.
AMD Clean Uninstall Utility

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bohica
Adept I

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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I tried the cleanup tool now, too.

Same result, will do some further testing to find out more.

Could this new driver have been messing my card up that much to break it? Because this problem curiously coincides with the driver update.

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mottoman216
Adept III

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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Download hwinfo64 and launch the application with the option "show sensors

only" once the program is running play your games. When the issues start

happening close out and check your temps. What does your max VRM temps look

afterwards?

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mottoman216
Adept III

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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If your vrms are overheating that would explain the throttling clock speeds

you're witnessing.

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bohica
Adept I

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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Done that, after about 2 minutes into the stuttering, this is what it looks like:

GPU-Temps.PNG

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mottoman216
Adept III

Re: After update Crimson 16.3.2: Frame drops in several games

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i'm all out of idea then. your temps look just fine. i haven't personally heard about drivers destroying a GPU physically. but it might be possible? i take it the GPU is out of warranty to right?

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