So you mean to enjoy taking a stroll in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or maybe go on a bazooka-driven rampage on the streets of GTA V on your new Nvidia 30 series card. But the moment you launch the game, you see an awful sub-60 FPS. Everything else seems to be working correctly.
What’s the issue (given you’re not gaming at 4K with ray tracing on and all in-game effects set to ultra)?
Well, as it turns out, the issue can be anything from a myriad of things. 30 series graphics cards such as the 3070, 3080, or the 3090 have been reporting a lower FPS on many classic game titles and users are going bonkers trying to fix such issues.
Let’s try to find out what’s the problem.
The very first thing you should do is run a GPU benchmark. Also called stress tests, these benchmarks allow you to determine exactly what’s wrong with your graphics card. Leading benchmark software include 3Dmark, TechPowerUp GPU-Z, Superposition, and Firestrike.
Stress tests are surprisingly effective. Gamers usually avoid running stress tests and rather like to get consumed by driver issues, Windows updates, tweaking in-game settings, and so on. Some might even reinstall Windows just to attempt to fix the problem without running a stress test first. A faulty GPU will be picked up by a stress test pretty quickly. With a little help from Google, you will be able to find out what the problem means and act upon it.
Ray-tracing might be overloading your hardware. Try to turn it off, along with other resource-intensive effects such as shadows and draw distance. If the problem is solved then there’s some serious problem with your GPU. If nothing else works you might want to claim a warranty (if applicable) or get a new one.
Reboot your computer and go to your BIOS settings. The RAM sticks might be operating at base or system clock speeds. 30 series cards often support higher clock speeds. Find the XMP settings (Extreme Memory Profiles) in your BIOS settings and choose the highest speed. Also, ensure that your RAM is running in dual-channel mode.
The bottleneck could also be the processor. Even if your SSD is able to provide data at much faster rates, a lower-end CPU will bottleneck this process and damage the gaming experience.
Maybe it’s time to evaluate the rest of your hardware and see if it gels with the modern 30 series Nvidia GPUs.
Check power-saving mode or balanced power mode settings. This is especially rampant on laptops when unsuspecting users start playing games on their new machines or recently reinstalled machines to be stuck in power saving by default just to get a low FPS as a result.
Disable all overclocking apps. Everything from MSI Afterburner to Dragon Center is known, in some capacity, to affect FPS negatively under certain circumstances. They can also cause FPS drops.
If nothing else works, it’s time to uninstall the drivers from the Windows device manager and download the driver installer from Nvidia’s website. Once downloaded, run the setup and choose to perform a clean reinstall (which will remove all previous driver files).
We hope this isn’t the case because usually, a lower refresh rate cap will still allow you to see the correct (high) framerate being displayed in counters. But it’s still worth talking about.
Your monitor’s refresh rate is the maximum number of frames you can see (but not the maximum number of frames the GPU can create/render and show as being rendered in FPS counters in-game or via third-party apps).
So just to be safe, right-click on Desktop > Display settings > Advanced display settings > Refresh rate > select the appropriate/highest refresh rate supported by your monitor.
It’s also been widely reported that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti suffers from low FPS and FPS drops in many games. It’s often a problem with the BIOS settings, RAM issues, drivers, third-party apps, and so on. Read how to fix low FPS problem on Nvidia 3060 Ti.