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Texture/object pop-in, audio delay, started recently

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  1. marc_89

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    Hi all, the past week or so I've started experiencing a lot of issues with textures and objects popping in, as well as some audio and stuttering issues, in several games.

    Witcher 3, Forza Horizon 3, and Fallout 4 all displayed issues with textures taking time to load in. Witcher 3 had increased load times in general and npcs and objects were loading in up to a minute late at times. Fallout 4 had texture pop-in issues and constant audio delays. Forza Horizion 3 had long load times and half-minute freezes for loading in new terrain.

    My framerate in these games has remained good and stable at 60+ at max settings, and I've upgraded my graphics card driver to the latest available. Temps are acceptable, though I'm not certain about hard drive temps. My first thought is to suspect the hard drive might be failing so I attached some screenshots from HD Tune which seem to show it's in good health. Could it still be failing despite HD Tune's results? Is there maybe some other component that's failing or some setting I need to adjust to fix these sudden issues that have cropped up? Any and all help will be welcome as I've had no luck trying to fix this on my own the past several days.
     

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  2. lunarlander

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    What is a texture 'pop in' ?

    Defrag your hard drive and see what happens.
     
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    Textures popping in refers to how low resolution textures in the environment tend to stay visible for a good while before being replaced with their high resolution counterparts. It mostly happens in Fallout 4. When I walk towards a new area, the low resolution textures meant to be seen only from a distance either take a long time to be replaced with their high resolution counterparts, or are never replaced at all.

    I'll defrag both partitions, however they're both already listed as 0% fragmented and are set to be optimized weekly.

    Since I first made my post, I've reset Windows 10 from recovery settings and opted to keep my data. It completed successfully, however the reported issues still remain. Does this make it more likely that I'm dealing with a hardware failure?
     
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    I've finished defragging both partitions, but that hasn't solved the issues I'm facing.
     
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    Did the games get updated automatically?
     
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    The games tested were already fully updated, before and after I reset Windows 10.
     
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    Since the problem started about a week ago, were the games updated then? Maybe it is a game update that caused the problem.
     
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    All my games were in the same state that they are now, I didn't change anything in my pc or games before the problems started.
     
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    I opened up my pc and cleaned it out thoroughly, double checked all the connections and replaced the molex connector between the hard drive and the motherboard with a spare. Things seem to be working normally again.

    I don't know if this is a permanent solution or a temporary one as I'm not sure what the problem was exactly, and if there is a failing component it could be exposed again in time by dust and increased temps. I don't think my motherboard can monitor the temps of my ram stick, is there a good way to verify if my ram stick is failing?
     
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