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Constant stuttering and crashing in most games (MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB Gaming X)

Question asked by henryw on Mar 12, 2019
Latest reply on Mar 19, 2019 by henryw

Hello, for the past 4-5 months I've had a problem with constant annoying stuttering/hitching every ~0.75 seconds ingame, and GPU fails/crashes during graphic-intensive moments in game, specifically during fire/smoke/rain/explosion/water effects, my monitor shuts off and then goes to "No Signal", GPU fans turn up high, and the only way out is to hard reset the computer. This has happened in games like Mafia 3, Starcraft 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Monster Hunter: World, Skyrim Special Edition, and more. Sometimes this GPU crash also happens right when the game starts/enters the Main Menu.


PC Specs


Case: NZXT S340 ATX Mid Tower Case

Motherboard: Asus - Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2133 Memory

GPU: MSI Radeon RX 480 8 GB GAMING X Video Card

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

SSD: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive

Monitor: Acer GN246HL 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor

Wireless Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter


*Monitor connected to GPU with DVI cable

*I have no antivirus besides Windows Defender


*Note: I’ve owned this computer for approximately 2.5 years.


What I have already tried so far:

  • Updating Drivers
  • Rolling back drivers
  • Uninstalling drivers with DDU and reinstalling
  • Cleaning dust out of PC
  • Improving airflow
  • Resetting all AMD Radeon Settings
  • Overclocking
  • Downclocking/downvolting
  • Increasing power limit in Radeon Settings
  • Decreasing power limit in Radeon Settings
  • Tweaking global graphics in Radeon Settings
  • Turning up fans in Radeon Settings
  • Disabling PowerPlay
  • Disabling ULPS
  • Turning on/off Chill
  • Cleaning registry with CCleaner
  • Resetting shader cache in Radeon Settings
  • Updating BIOS
  • Optimizing SSD
  • Deleting all Xbox Windows 10 files
  • Uninstalling MSI Afterburner and all other hardware monitoring programs
  • Updating Windows
  • Disabling Windows Defender
  • Ending all unnecessary background processes
  • Exiting iCUE
  • Exiting f.lux
  • Ensuring power settings are set to High Performance
  • Intel XTU Stress test, passed
  • Ran a LatencyMon test for 20 minutes. Results here:


I've been scouring Google/forums for the past two months with no improvement whatsoever and I'm out of ideas on how to fix this, so any new advice would be appreciated. What else can I do? Or is my GPU simply deteriorating and I need a new one? Thanks.