I have been playing Diablo 3 a lot lately and it plays very smoothly but everyone once in a while it drops FPS dramatically and the only way to fix it temporarily is to Alt+Tab out of the game and go back in again. I'm guessing its from loading textures and more map graphics maybe it just needs to do a memory dump on the Ram I dunno. I'm a Novice when it comes to computers but I love building them this just baffles me especially since I believe with a build like this it shouldn't have this issue in this kind of game. It happened on my old system too and it had a GTX 295 in it from years ago Nvidia 780i Board (you get the idea why I upgraded.. I have looked around a lot but everyone blames it on one thing or another. Doesn't seem to be anyone out there with a real reason why this keeps happening. I just built a new system no longer then a month ago and I believe I used pretty good stuff. A lot of it you guys reviewed in the past.
If it helps here is my current system configuration:
Mainboard : Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
Chipset : Intel Z77
Processor : Intel Core i7 2700K @ 3500MHz (OC 4.4)
Physical Memory : 16384MB (4 x 4096 DDR3-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (Gigabyte WF)
Hard Disk : SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series SCSI Disk Device (128GB)
Hard Disk : Western Digital WD15 00AHFD-00RAR1 SCSI Disk Device (150GB)
Hard Disk : TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 (500GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH08LS20
Monitor Type : Sharp SHARP HDMI - 37 inches
Network Card : Intel 6 Series Chipset Family Ethernet Controller
Network Card : Attansic (Now owned by Atheros) AR8151 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate Professional Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00
I also recently built a system very similar with a GTX 670 (Z77, 3770k, Samsung 830, Asus V-Pro board, etc) and am having some odd issues with it. I don't have any solutions at all yet. I haven't done anything in the way of a full check up on it but so far I've noticed lines left on the screen after closing an app and a tendency when watching a show on Hulu to become all pixellated and not recover until I minimize and reopen it. Similar PCs in my office (laptop and old desktop) never exhibit either of these issues.
What I'm puzzling over right now is how to configure my 670. Is anyone using anything other than the default options? Would any of the options maybe make a difference in these issues?
Perhaps, yeah. Can change them and see what results are. Defaults should be safe to use if required. I hope you know what you are doing. Continue troubleshoot I assume. More research required on your part. Hard to research on my end though should be easier for you.
Nvidiafanboy: I'd start by ensuring that the problem isn't D3, and this isn't just server lag. It's not like they don't have that issue. Does any other local-only SP game do this?
alecws: I'd be looking at the graphics card. Is there another machine you can try it in? Does it have a fan? Is it turning? Get a program like EVGA Precision (works on non-EVGA cards) and watch the temps. How hot does it get? I'd certainly try dialling back things like FSAA: set the card to "fastest" and see if the problem still occurs and if so, how quickly.
I'm def not having any lag issues. I'm pretty sure its either D3 or Nvidia drivers for D3. I checked Blizzards forum boards and I'm not even close to being the only one with this problem. Recently I have tried "the secret world" and it has no issues with this at all, just the minor bug here and there because its still very new. We shall see I suppose... I had this issue when I used to play "World of Warcraft" imagine that they are both Blizzard games. Coincident.. maybe, but either way maybe I'll wait it out a patch or so and see if the issues clear up.
I did recently have issues though with the new beta driver from Nvidia when playing "The Secret World", Pcper talked about it so I thought I would try it out. I did notice a difference in D3 with the AA, it helped however, I uninstalled it and installed the release version and issues did clear up after for the secret world.