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Possible HDD micro stutter issue

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cycore, Jan 9, 2014.

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  1. Cycore

    Cycore Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2014
    Hi all. I'm hoping somebody with a bit more technical understanding than myself can help me clarify the issue.

    I have recently upgraded my ram and HDD in my PC. I used to have 6GB of PNY DDR3 ram and a crappy 320gb HDD connected via SATA 1 cable. This HDD was the only original component in the PC since I first bought it, as everything has been improved upon over time.

    I now have 16GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz ram and a WD 1TB 3.5" SATA III 6Gb/s Caviar Black 7200rpm 64mb cache HDD.

    Since upgrading I have been encountering micro stutters - literally only about one second long. Everything freezes and the sound stutters, sometimes making a "zzzztttt" sound. Then it just catches up. Sometimes games have been minimizing to desktop when it happens, but not always.

    I have tried quite a few fixes such as upgrading all drivers, reverting to old drivers, checking temps, changing ram voltage. But it seems like this may be related to the new HDD.

    I have put the old 320gb HDD back in and although it is noticeably slower compared to the new one, I haven't had any micro stutters yet after an hour of testing on various games with other programs running in the background.


    Geforce 660ti
    i5 2500k 3.30ghz
    16GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 1600MHz
    ASRock P67 Pro3 SE Mobo
    WD 1TB 3.5" SATA III 6Gb/s Caviar Black 7200rpm 64mb cache HDD
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    It has to either be the ram or the hdd that's causing the problem, as I didn't have this issue before I upgraded them.

    Does anybody know why the new HDD would be causing this to happen? It seems like a vast improvement in terms of speed and yet it's seemingly causing these stutters.

    Any suggestions or help would be gratefully received.

  2. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    It's not relevant, but are you using Win7 64bit? I assume you are, otherwise, all of your RAM is not available (or even needed for that matter).

    Have you checked Windows Event Viewer to see if Windows is logging any errors? Have you tested the HDD using the drive manufacturers disk tools?
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    And what power supply are you using to run that upgraded hardware?
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