Quote: Originally Posted by badger906
Who's to say its a GPU issue?
dropping for frame rates could be ram and processor related as well, both could also cause sound issues.
Oddly you don't have a sound card? That could be defective causing all the symptoms.
Well, in an attempt to diagnose the problem, I ran Skyrim with absolutely minimal applications and services running on my OS. I should probably take the time to give you my specs:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 6400+ (3.21 GHz)
RAM: 4 GB (DDR2 800 MHz)
GPU: Zotac AMP! NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (1 GB)
Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme
As you can see, I do have a sound card. Sorry if I wasn't clear about that. Given that I have a sound card with its own drivers and that I've disabled all devices with NVIDIA sound drivers, that is why I was confused about the audio problem. Because my RAM doesn't typically raise above 50% during gameplay, I wasn't considering it a potential cause of the problem.
The CPU usage, however, reaches 100% during every freeze I have in-game. Keep in mind that this occurs with networking, antivirus, themes, audio, and most other non-essential programs running in the background. I'm going to try DPC Latency Checker and get back to you guys with the results.
I ran DPC Latency Checker while playing the game, and it stayed in the green the whole time. The good news is my game isn't freezing anymore when I set the GPU fan to 100%. I get slight FPS loss, but that's probably due to the hi-res textures I've installed and the fact that the settings for Skyrim are on Ultra. I am still having issues with the sound after about 5 minutes of playing, though. The sound suddenly becomes very tinny, and it seems to deteriorate over time. I noticed that CPU spikes to 100% very frequently.