FPS Drops every few minutes - Alienware 17 R2

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  1. Connor McKee

    Connor McKee Newbie

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    I have recently been experiencing drastic fps drops in any game I play. I have played fortnite, battlefield 1, and many other games without really ever dropping below 60 fps. I don't know what is going on, but everything will be fine and then it will drop to anywhere from 10-30 fps for a solid 30 seconds before going back to normal. I don't think I should be experiencing these random drops when the game runs fine at any other point. I have tried tracking my cpu usage while playing, making sure drivers are up to date, etc. The only fix that I found was on fortnite when I turned on v-sync. The game would run smooth, but I would then have mouse input lag. Any help is appreciated.

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    GTX 970M
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4720HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz
    15.89 GB RAM
     
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    probably the gpu vrm overheating, the thermal pad that dell uses is low quality and can result in overheating like this if it doesn't last properly
     
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    Is there anything I can do to combat this? Is it possible to replace the pads?
     
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    tungd678 Notebook Guru

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    You can replace those stock pads with arctic pads or better such as gelid and poly fuji pads. The thickness is 0.5mm.
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    3M pads should do just fine if Fuji or gelid or arctic are unavailable.
     
  6. Connor McKee

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    Thanks for the info everyone. The issue was definitely the gpu & cpu over heating as the stock thermal paste is complete garbage. I ended up ordering some thermal paste and new thermal pads. Took it apart and reapplied thermal paste. Haven't had any issues with overheating & or fps drops.
     
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    MogRules Notebook Deity

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    I mean...how old is your laptop? Thermal paste does not last forever. If you got a few years out of stock paste that is not bad.
     
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