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Tricczyy
Adept II

Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

Hey everyone!

I've got this problem (which I can see in this forum that a lot of others are also dealing with) with stuttering in COD Warzone.
These are my specs:

Ryzen 9 5900x
MSI x570 Tomahawk
XFX Speedster Merc 6900 XT 16GB Black V2
32GB 3600mhz CL 14 ram
2x1TB m.2 drives
850W Corsair power supply.

I'm playing on 1440p 240hz monitor.

When I got the card I wasn't experiencing as much stuttering as I am now. This only happens when I play the big map Caldera. It's especially noticeable in the beginnings of every match.
I usually get above 200-230 FPS in most areas of the map, but some I get 170 (Fields). The stuttering really kills the enjoyment of the game. I've read and heard from several other people that they are experiencing the same issues. Is this just an AMD problem or is it the games fault. I've played other games that doesn't have this issue.

I've tried both overclocking and underclocking. Underclocking helped a little bit, but didn't get rid of the issue.
I've done a fresh install of windows and tried older GPU drivers (using DDU)
I've tried disabling SAM to see if that was the cause, but no.
I've tried changing the values in the game files like the Renderworkercount and the Videomemoryscale. That does help boost my general FPS, but it doesn't get rid of the stuttering. Currently I am using: Renderworkercount = 6 and Videomemoryscale = 1.2. I've tried lowering the VMS, but that only made the stuttering worse in some cases.
I've tried increasing the render resolution in-game from 100 to 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 and so on to see if that helped. I've read that it has solved it for others, but in my case I only get a lower FPS and keep stuttering.
I can't even list all the things I've tried changing to get this solved...


Please AMD, get this sorted. This might be the last AMD card I'm ever going to buy. I've never spent this much time trying to solve such a stupid issue with any other GPU.

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blazek
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Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

Try deleting every KBM drivers from device manager and reboot to see if that makes any difference.

Also, make sure you are also using the ultimate performance power plan available instead of high/balanced.

I've also heard that the audio setting can cause stutters, but I cannot 100% confirm that.

Tricczyy
Adept II

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

Thanks for the input.

I've already got the power plan set to ultimate performance. I tried uninstalling the KBM drivers but that didn't work, neither did changing the audio settings/profile...

This is giving me a headache.

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Trickle2x2
Adept II

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

Same issue here, micro stutter on that map. Completely fine on rebirth. My fps stays around 170 but can feel the micro stutters but no frame drop. Odd it’s only that game. Gotta be some odd software issue with the map, I’ve tried a lot of quick fixes but nothing works. Map also feels very weird like shadows and textures popping in and out very noticeably. Would love to hear if someone has found a fix. I have a 5800x and a 6900xt reference card.

Reiko1705
Adept I

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

Hi, 

I have 6800 xt and had microstutters in warzone for a long time, what helped was turning off overlay mode in each app running on your backround. E.g. discord has one, which was causing stutters in my case.  In general microstutters are mainly due to some other apps doing something interfering with your drivers.

If does not help, try to uninstall everything and then add apps one by one watching what causing it. If this does not help, try settings in amd drivers (disable every amd extra "features" they have implemented). If this does not help, send me your video settings in the game and in amd drivers I can compare it with mines...

 

Tricczyy
Adept II

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

I wrote in my post that I've already tried a fresh install of windows.
The first thing I did after the install was to try warzone. I only had my drivers installed and warzone. So no other app's should have been able to interfere with the game.

All the AMD features are disabled. The only thing I have enabled is SAM, which I've already tested being disabled/enabled.

 

I have no overlays enabled.

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Tricczyy
Adept II

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

I will never buy an AMD GPU again. This is the worst experience I've ever had with a GPU.

It shouldn't be necessary to troubleshoot as much as I have. I just tried my friends 3070ti in my system and it ran butter smooth, with lower FPS though. I'd rather have 180-200 fps where it's consistent and smooth than 200-240 with stuttering and constant frame drops.

It might be the games fault, but since team green is able to run smoothly, why can't team red? My friend told me that AMD has a history of bad drivers and he thinks it's their fault, not the game. If it was the game, then all cards should run like mine.

I've joined a Discord server for troubleshooting AMD GPU's and everyone in there says that it's a problem on AMD's end. So please, FIX THIS. 

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Pokygi
Adept II

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

I didn't think I had to rewrite for this, but these problems have not gone away yet. I have a full AMD system (5800x - 6800 XT Founder Edition - 32 GB RAM - SSD NVMe - 850 Gold Plus PSU - B550 Motherboard - 280mm Liquid Cooler and 6 Fans in total in the mid tower case, including the 280 AIO fans - Benq XL2546 240 hz monitor)  -Some time ago, I wrote about stuttering problems in this post: https://community.amd.com/t5/drivers-software/radeon-6900xt-5950x-microstutters-mainly-in-cod-warzon.... At the time, on high settings, the game was truly unplayable, stuttering issues everywhere. On Verdansk, I managed to solve the problem by completely lowering the graphics settings to the minimum or almost. Since the launch of Caldera, it has been impossible for me to play even just one game without stuttering. I am not talking precisely about massive stuttering, but microstuttering, like framelag. The gaming experience is horrendous, despite I'm not experiencing fps drops and any other problems. I have tried many other games and the problem does not occur, in these the frametime graph is linear and the performances are excellent, as expected. I have tried everything, from the CMOS reset to a complete clean install following the solution post, as reported, in fact, in that post mentioned by me above. I tried to change my 6800 XT founder with another 6800 XT, always founder, however the exact same problem occurs. Months and almost a year have passed and the problem persists. My only two solutions were to change hardware, selling the PC at a higher price so I wasn't loosing any more money looking at the market and the other one was to quit Caldera. I had to choose the second one because I hate the marketing policy that the other AMD competitor is implementing and for this made the decision to not buy one of their video cards, although it would mean solving this problem (Also I dont care about the performance of Ray tracing this year, AMD right now is superior in competitive games in terms of performance and numbers, if you push the hardware to the max).

I don't think it's a driver problem that depends only and exclusively on AMD. I've been playing COD for a long time and for this, I was able to directly contact Activision's specialist support. It seems that there is no communication between them and AMD, probably, the game suffers from this problem only on some video cards from AMD, not all. As written before, I tried two 6800 XT founders and the exact same thing happens, although with RTSS there is no problem with numbers. This, in fact, proves that other games run perfectly. Probably the engine that Warzone is currently using doesn't work well with some AMD video cards, especially on the latest Radeon 6000. I don't think AMD or Activision, whatever it depends on, will solve this problem. The solutions are to rely on another brand or wait for the new engine to come out.
I believe that @Matt_AMD also knows that there are problems with the game, but if it does not depend on AMD and if Activision has no intention of solving the problem or if, at worst, it was apparently unsolvable, due to the many integrations of these 2 years, you have to change if you don't want to wait for the new engine. AMD this year has shown how much they care about gamers, however it is a disappointment to see how these problems occur, which, perhaps, do not depend precisely on them, but on how the game was written in the absence of tests, Warzone is known for have a lot of bugs due to these lacks.

Tricczyy
Adept II

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

Yeah I'll be sticking with my 6900 XT until Warzone 2/MW2 is released on the new game engine. I really hope that will fix the problems that so many of us are dealing with playing this game...
If the problem persists then I'll be jumping back on the green wagon again. 

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Trickle2x2
Adept II

Re: Warzone stuttering with 6900 XT

Are you receiving any stuttering in rebirth? The very odd thing is that I only stutter in caldera. Everything else is fine. The maps textures and shadows also act very odd for me in my case. I can very easily notice textures and shadows load in.

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