[Solved] FPS drops randomly to 8FPS — Guild Wars 2 Forums

[Solved] FPS drops randomly to 8FPS

SixthExtinction.6035SixthExtinction.6035 Member ✭✭
edited November 12, 2017 in Bugs: Game, Forum, Website

I've been experiencing random FPS drops over the past couple of weeks. One moment it'll be 60fps, the next it will be 8fps (8fps seems to be the magic number it almost always drops to). This can last from a matter of seconds, to several minutes. The frame-rate doesn't fluctuate once it drops, it stays consistently at the same number as if the frame-rate was locked. Sometimes I can go a whole session (several hours) without FPS dropping, other times I get them constantly.

What I've done trying to fix it:

  • Set the graphics to lowest.
  • Checked hardware temperatures. Everything was normal.
  • Checked resource usage (CPU, GPU, RAM). Everything was normal, no unusual spikes when FPS dropped.
  • Removed third-party apps (DPS meter, etc.)
  • Reinstalled display drivers (Nvidia)
  • Deleted and redownloaded gw2.dat
  • Completely reinstalled GW2 from scratch
  • Completely reinstalled Windows 10 from scratch

So far nothing has fixed it, and I'm still experiencing these random FPS drops. At this point I'm thinking it's either a problem with GW2 itself, or it's a problem with my hardware. However, I've run benchmark software to stress my GPU and CPU, and everything ran fine.

My specs are:

  • GTX 970
  • i5 4670k
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM

Any advice or info is appreciated.

Other people are experiencing the same problem, see my reddit post for more info: https://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/7bsdw2/fps_drops_randomly/

EDIT: Downgrading my Nvidia graphics driver has fixed the problem. Download and use Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) to uninstall your drivers, and then install version 385.28 (can be found here: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/122543/en-us).

Comments

  • SixthExtinction.6035SixthExtinction.6035 Member ✭✭
    edited March 2, 2018

    I should add that over the past 5 years I've never experienced FPS drops like this. I always got FPS drops in large zergs such as in WvW or world boss events, but it would fluctuate depending on what was happening on-screen. I'm getting FPS drops in instances with few players, or even by myself in my home instance.

    This has been happening since around the time the patch adding DPI Scaling was added as an option. Toggling this option doesn't solve the problem though.

  • ParanoidKami.2867ParanoidKami.2867 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 10, 2017

    Your specs are better than mine and I play high settings at 1440p for 60-90 fps. I have a 2600k, but the rest is the same.

    If you have a 64 bit operating system do you got the 64 bit client?

  • Yes, I have the 64-bit client. I've played the game without this problem since launch, and I've used the 64-bit client since it was released.

  • It appears this could be a Nvidia driver issue. I was advised to downgrade to an older driver version (version 385.28) and so far I haven't experienced any FPS drops. If I still experience the FPS drops I will update this thread, along with my reddit thread.

  • Downgrading to the old driver version has definitely solved the problem for me. I'm glad it's not a problem with the GW2 client.

  • I'm having the same issue. Will update drivers too

  • Seteruss.4058Seteruss.4058 Member ✭✭✭

    Same here. I ll update tomorrow and see.

  • I'll give this a shot, too. If anyone else is successful as the OP was, please post.

  • Tried this, so far 2hrs no more problems. Had the same issue random fps locks on 8. Should work for most.

  • I was experiencing this exact issue on a 7900x with a water cooled 1080ti and 32GB RAM. It was definitely an Nvidia driver issue. The latest drivers appear to have resolved it, so there is no need to go back to the old drivers any more.

  • Latest driver doesn't seem to fix it for me. I am getting horrible FPS drops. I never had this issue when I played 5 years ago, (just started playing again). I have played with the graphic settings with no luck. At times when I am standing still I get around 90FPS but then it drops to below 30FPS at times when playing.

    Specs:
    Windows 10 x64
    i7 4790k @ 4.4GHz
    16GB Ram
    GTX 1080
    2560x1440

  • Dibbelocher.2318Dibbelocher.2318 Member ✭✭
    edited February 16, 2018

    I've had this happening to me ever since either PoF or the first Living Season happened. It's awful because you never know when it happens. And when it does, the game because completely unplayable.
    Thing is, it happened before as well as after my PC upgrade. The only thing that didn't change was the SSD that it's installed on.

    Previous specs:
    Win 7 Enterprise x64
    i7 2600k @4.3 GHz
    8GB RAM
    GTX 670
    1920x1080
    Installed on Samsung 850 EVO

    Current specs:
    Win 10 Education x64
    i7 7700k @4.1GHz
    16GB RAM
    GTX 1060
    1920x1080
    Installed on Samsung 850 EVO

  • SixthExtinction.6035SixthExtinction.6035 Member ✭✭
    edited March 2, 2018

    Hey guys, sorry I haven't been checking back on this thread since my problem was solved.

    I see a lot of you saying, "I'll update my drivers to see if that fixes it". This is the complete opposite of what fixed my problem. Go back to my post where I fixed it and read:

    @SixthExtinction.6035 said:
    It appears this could be a Nvidia driver issue. I was advised to downgrade to an older driver version (version 385.28) and so far I haven't experienced any FPS drops. If I still experience the FPS drops I will update this thread, along with my reddit thread.

    I did not update my drivers to the latest ones, I DOWNGRADED to older drivers. If you are not trying to play newly released games you have no reason to update your graphics drivers. In fact, it is advised that you do not keep up-to-date with the latest graphics drivers. New drivers are usually just "Game Ready" drivers which add support for newly released games, but something in the update could cause problems with older games.

    If you noticed performance loss after a driver update, use a program like "Display Driver Uninstaller" to remove all traces of your current drivers, and then download and install the older drivers which didn't cause a problem. Old drivers can be found on the Nvidia site (it might be easier to search for the specific driver version on Google, and then select the Nvidia link).

  • I had the same issue and found that disabling shadowplay immediately corrected the problem for me - while running the latest version.

  • Belishine.7493Belishine.7493 Member ✭✭✭

    if you have all the drivers up to date on the graphic card then it might be one of a few things couseing the issue you may have. if you have a old gc( graphic card) or play with other game with it maxed out all the time it might mean you need a new one. if it is new then it might be that you will need to do a system cheack to make shure you have a good gc. if you still have issues then it might just be the game codeing that is couseing issues or the internet.

  • @Zrbear.2367 said:
    I had the same issue and found that disabling shadowplay immediately corrected the problem for me - while running the latest version.

    I disabled the overlay and I have not had issues since... So this might be it? Must say I coincidentally also did a Win10 update along with it. But I've done many before that and it never helped. So perhaps it is indeed Shadowplay.

  • SlippyCheeze.5483SlippyCheeze.5483 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Dibbelocher.2318 said:

    @Zrbear.2367 said:
    I had the same issue and found that disabling shadowplay immediately corrected the problem for me - while running the latest version.

    I disabled the overlay and I have not had issues since... So this might be it? Must say I coincidentally also did a Win10 update along with it. But I've done many before that and it never helped. So perhaps it is indeed Shadowplay.

    In-game overlays, especially DVR-style "record stuff" features, are a frequent culprit for mysterious performance drops across a wide range of games. Your report would be consistent with what has worked for many other players.

    In addition to the NVIDIA ShadowPlay tool, Windows 10 "game bar" includes a DVR feature that has caused similar issues for others.

  • I got the same problem specialy in path of fire fps goes frome 50 direct to 2/10/14/3/22 HORIBIBLE AREENA NEEEET ! HORIBLE !

  • Belishine.7493Belishine.7493 Member ✭✭✭

    shadowplay for the most part gives most games a fps dip and can make it inposible to play this be a issue for shadowplay for a long time now.

  • I am running GW2 via Bootcamp on a brand new iMac. I am having the same issue with random FPS drop from 60s to a solid 9 and stay there. What would be the equivalent of some of these steps with the AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card?

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