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GALAX GTX 1060 6GB EXOC low performance in games but normal in benchmarks



As the title suggests, I have a GALAX GTX 1060 6GB which was mostly working fine up until sometime last month, I don't really know why this is happening but suddenly I noticed my FPS is much worse than normal in most games, at first it started with csgo since that's the game I was mostly playing, now all games run somewhat worse than they used to, for example I get about 30 fps on assassin's creed origins which was hovering around 55-60+ before, I get around 60-150 fps (sometimes less, before I reset my windows I downloaded some optimizations from a video which helped a bit but never got back to my normal fps) in csgo despite having like 300+ all the time before and so on, however.. the benchmark performance has remained constant so I'm not really sure what's going on here.. I used to have 8GB of DDR4 2400 Mhz ram but recently upgraded to 16 GB of DDR4 3600 Mhz but that had no effect on performance, Is my GPU dying or something? please help.. I tried re-installing drivers and recently updated twice to the latest drivers and did the clean install option, also recently my SSD died so I had to do a clean install of windows but the issue remained..


here are my system specs:


Intel Core i7 8700K - 4.8 Ghz

16 GB of Kingston HyperX DDR4 ram at 3600 mhz


MSI Z370 Gaming plus motherboard


about 4 TB-ish of random hard disks and a 120gb ssd for windows


extra issue I have but not my main point.. I had an XPG Spectrix S40G SSD but recently I haven't been able to access it, I can only see it in bios, I assumed it's dead cause no matter what i tried it won't show up in windows or linux or in diskpart..

your help is appreciated!, thank you!


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Benchmarks are fairly meaningless. They're meant for comparative analysis, not a true measure of your system's actual performance. In particular, they're usually relatively short run, whereas it's not uncommon to be gaming for hours on end. Constant use means things like unreliable power delivery or temperatures and/or boost performance come into play, whereas you don't see this really in a benchmark.


Depending on how old the card is, how much it's been used, and particularly abused with OC and pushing power limits, performance can degrade over time. While less likely, if the PSU is particularly old, or just not that high quality to begin with, that can potentially affect your performance as well.


I'd check all your temps just to ensure nothing is getting too hot. If your temps are high, repasting the GPU might help. Thermal paste doesn't last forever.

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I see, that's rather disappointing, my temps are mostly fine with a max of around 80c on my gpu and about the same on the CPU but that only happens under an artificial load, I have my power limit set to max, the performance drop was kind of sudden too so i'm not sure if it was due to slow degradation.. could that kind of thing happen suddenly where the performance degrades a whole lot at once? the PSU isn't that old so I mostly don't think its the issue since it was running the card just fine a while back, my country does have a lot of power cuts so I thought those might have done some damage to my card or something i'm not sure.. also the performance issues don't appear with long gaming, they're just kind of always there now.. so I guess my card has just degraded? that would be a shame.. 

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try to update the drivers.

also chekc gpu usage while playing. either use some software on your second monitor or use msi afterburner overlay.



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Yeah GPU usage is mostly fine, just performance sucks, by now I'm just kinda convinced that it's probably not something I can fix.. really sucks to have my SSD die and my gpu start degrading at the same time.. 

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The information you guys gave me was a little bit misleading, I thought my gpu died, but I installed some old driver and it's working perfectly normal again, so it wasn't a hardware issue after all.. anyone else having issues with those recent drivers?

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