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Random lag spike(s)?

Discussion in 'Skyrim Help' started by Stone, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Stone

    Stone Retired Moderator

    Nov 19, 2011
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    Alright so, here's the thing.

    Sometimes when I play Skyrim I can play it for ages without lag spikes and I've had a fun game. Other times when I play it, after every 10 minutes or so I get this lag spike that lasts for around 2 minutes.

    It's highly frustrating as it happens more than running smoothly. It never used to do this either.

    I run on Ultra, shadow details are on low. (because I found that increases FPS futher)

    I have 8GB RAM, my processor is a dual-core running at 3.4GHz and I have a Radeon HD 6790.

    Any ideas on what's causing the problem? I'm thinking it could be that my graphics card is over-heating, but it shouldn't be the case because this doesn't happen on any other game.
  2. tragik

    tragik Premium Member

    Nov 26, 2011
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    Stone, one thing you can try if you suspect overheating issues is run a stress test on your CPU/memory/graphics card. If it can handle the stress test then overheating is not your issue. I would also check (if you can) and see what your RAM and CPU are doing during these 2 minute spikes.

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