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Sudden and Progressive Performance Drop in Games (SSD Issue?)

AJ_o7

I'm experiencing a strange performance issue with my games. Here's the breakdown:

  • Symptoms: Games that previously ran at 144+ FPS have started running significantly slower (around 80 FPS initially, dropping further over time. Down to 15 FPS after ~2h). This is accompanied by stuttering and occasional freezes.
  • Timeline: This problem began abruptly last month, with no prior performance issues.
  • Troubleshooting Attempts:
    • Removed my current M.2 SSD and plugged in my older SATA SSD from last year (which is basically an older save state, as I cloned the drive whenever I got the M.2). Surprisingly, games run flawlessly on the older clone (144+ FPS, no stutters).
    • Downgraded Nvidia drivers to the version used on the older clone (no improvement).

I'm at a loss here. This is such a weird issue.

Any suggestions on what might be causing the slowdown on my current SSD?

 

Additional Information:

  • OS: Windows 11 (23H2)
  • GPU: GTX 1080 8GB
  • Old SSD OS: Windows 11 (22H2)

Thanks in advance for any help!

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1 hour ago, AJ_o7 said:

Surprisingly, games run flawlessly on the older clone (144+ FPS, no stutters).

    • Downgraded Nvidia drivers to the version used on the older clone (no improvement).

I'm at a loss here. This is such a weird issue.

Any suggestions on what might be causing the slowdown on my current SSD?

If the problem isn't the M.2 drive itself (like if it is running super full or something..), then it must be something you have installed or running alongside on the newer install that you don't on the clone.

 

Note that in modern Windows shutting down isn't actually restarting, but restarting is restarting.

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Welcome to the forums!
That is very interesting. My guess is that there is something that you've installed in the past year that's got something like a memory leak or a power virus (NOT a virus virus which is a different thing)
What is your resource utilization and temps when this is happening?

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Thanks for the replies, Tetras and OddOod!
 

Update on Resource Usage:

I took numbers and screenshots while a game was running at a poor state (15 FPS and stuttering) after 2 hours of running it:

  • CPU Utilization: 8% to 10%  (7.5 to 8 by the game)
  • RAM Usage: Around 30% of 32 GB 
  • CPU Temps:
    • image.png.2ff9889b33d6e1a5a3e80518c19b33eb.png
  • GPU Utilization: 
    • image.thumb.png.f023620ffb0516470628a266f0bd8419.png

 

On 6/25/2024 at 2:40 PM, Tetras said:

Note that in modern Windows shutting down isn't actually restarting, but restarting is restarting.

Interesting. I used "shutdown" to swap the SSDs and "restart" after downgrading to multiple NVidia drivers. (I went backwards in ~3 months steps until I reached the oldest download they offered)
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On 6/25/2024 at 2:45 PM, OddOod said:

a memory leak or a power virus

I don't see any signs of a memory leak yet.
"power virus" is unfamiliar to me, but it sounds extreme. Hopefully, the screenshots I provided can offer some insight to this. As from what I can tell, my fans sound the same as they ever did.


For for things I installed in the past year. I went over my "chrome://downloads/" list.
There isn't much. 

  • EpicInstaller-15.17.1.msi (on June 2, 2024)
  • rufus-4.5p.exe (May 24, 2024)
  • Docker Desktop Installer.exe (May 24, 2024)
  • Samsung Smart.Switch.PC_setup.exe (April 16, 2024)
  • NVIDIA_app_beta_v10.0.0.499.exe (March 1, 2024)

That's it for this year.

 

 

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I'd try a run of SFC/DISM and see if that might fix it, but it's possible that the clone borked something unfixible and you'll need to reinstall windows

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I mean for the m2... if you care about the data make another backup (use a cheap mechanical drive or whatever for that) fresh install windows on the m2.... that's how you test that, otherwise the m2 might be toast.

 

As for shutdown/ restart, depends if you have fast startup enabled or not, if its not enabled restart and shutdown are indeed the same thing (basically it clears the cache)

 

its not recommended to have fast startup enabled btw, even though that is indeed the default setting in "modern windows".

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Also if the problem happens again, while the game is running open taskmanager then resource monitor and make a screenshot of it please.

 

like so

 

Screenshot(3978).thumb.png.3fe141cf1d3d89643d32e9e20e26a252.png

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-Scott Manley, 2021

 

Softwares used:

Corsair Link (Anime Edition) 

MSI Afterburner 

OpenRGB

Lively Wallpaper 

OBS Studio

Shutter Encoder

Avidemux

FSResizer

Audacity 

VLC

WMP

GIMP

HWiNFO64

Paint

3D Paint

GitHub Desktop 

Superposition 

Prime95

Aida64

GPUZ

CPUZ

Generic Logviewer

 

 

 

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