Framerate chugging while recording with FRAPS

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This is not so much an issue with StarCraft II as it may be with FRAPS itself. But I have been noticing while recording I will get a framerate stutter every few seconds.

For example, If playing while not recording I get 60 FPS with no problems. While recording with FRAPS I get 30 FPS (as per the settings I have set in fraps). Since patch 1.2 (though I have no actual evidence that patch 1.2 is the cause) While recording at 30 FPS, the frame rate will stutter and drop for <10 FPS for a moment and then resettle at 30.

My system is the following:

EVGA x58 Motherboard
Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.36GHz,
6 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz.
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm HDD with dedicated storage partition for videos.

I can post the dxdiag results when I get back to my main machine if needed.

I'm just curious if anyone using a similar setup or just FRAPS in general is noticing this issue.
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FRAPS certainly puts a huge extra load onto you system. It's also possible that when FRAPS is running that your computer temperatures are climbing into dangerous territory and your GPU is throttling down for protection.

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You can monitor your heat levels during FPS loss by downloading HWMonitor from http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php . If your CPU goes over 60 Celsius or your video card hits 70 - 80 Celsius or above, then you have an overheating situation that will need to be dealt with. Cleaning out your computer (cans of compressed air are recommended) or increasing airflow can usually resolve overheating unless an actual component (video card fan or fans in the case) have stopped working.
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I can say with absolute certainty that this is not the case. I continuously monitor my system temperatures and I have done frequent and varied stress testing on both my overclocked CPU and overclocked GPU.

My CPU is rated for Tcase = 67C and Tmax = 105C. These are the thermal shutdown temps. While playing StarCraft, My CPU hovers between 55C and 65C, no difference while Fraps is recording. My GPU, as per extensive stress testing, can spend hours on end at ~67C. (Furmark Stability testing)

My Case is free of debris, Has 2x 230mm intake fans(front and side), one 230mm topside exhaust fan and one smaller fan as rear exhaust (Thermaltake Element G case). Suffice it to say my case stays cool.

Therefore I disagree that overheating problems are the issue.

EDIT: Also saying over 60C is overheating is *extremely* conservative. My CPU has spent almost 48 hours at 80C under the prolonged effects of Prime95.
I'm suffering the exact same problem with fraps. I know it's not just Starcraft 2, it happens while I try to record World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Bloodline Champions, Rift and Black Ops.

I've got and i7 as well, 6 GB of RAM, and a Radeon 5870.

I've tried recording at half size as well and it still stutters. I'll post later if I figure out the problem.



As an update I've seem to fixed it for myself. I simply changed the destination to a different HDD other than the one the game I was recording was being played off of and it fixed my problem. I have it recording to a seagate external drive through a usb and it works perfect.
I was about to say, the fps drop was just fraps making another file (it does so every 1.5igs) on the HHD, its always a good ideal to be recording on a seperate HHD than the one that has either your page file and/or your systems programs.
It does not matter how awesome your system is. It has been a long standing issue with FRAPS to cause severe slowdown's and sometimes cause's system's to hang.

FRAPS is a piece of junk.
My issue was continuing regardless of recording to a seperate harddrive or not.

HOWEVER, I seem to have fixed this issue with a recent nvidia video driver update.

I agree FRAPS is CRAP. But show me something that performs better that isn't Gamecam, XFire, etc.
My issue was continuing regardless of recording to a seperate harddrive or not.

HOWEVER, I seem to have fixed this issue with a recent nvidia video driver update.

I agree FRAPS is CRAP. But show me something that performs better that isn't Gamecam, XFire, etc.


Google it.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Fraps+alternative
02/06/2011 1:47 PMPosted by Provoked
As an update I've seem to fixed it for myself. I simply changed the destination to a different HDD other than the one the game I was recording was being played off of and it fixed my problem. I have it recording to a seagate external drive through a usb and it works perfect.
I was going to mention this.

You can't just save into a partition, you need an alternate HDD for maximum performance.

This has never been an issue for me, however.
My issue was continuing regardless of recording to a seperate harddrive or not.

HOWEVER, I seem to have fixed this issue with a recent nvidia video driver update.

I agree FRAPS is CRAP. But show me something that performs better that isn't Gamecam, XFire, etc.


Google it.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Fraps+alternative


People who find the need to use LMGTFY aren't worth listening to IMO. Sure I could Google, and I have Googled. But I find that asking those who routinely do things like gameplay recording about their methods and software personally a better resource than just "googling it" Please do not presume that I am that much of an idiot. Thank you.



Google it.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Fraps+alternative


People who find the need to use LMGTFY aren't worth listening to IMO. Sure I could Google, and I have Googled. But I find that asking those who routinely do things like gameplay recording about their methods and software personally a better resource than just "googling it" Please do not presume that I am that much of an idiot. Thank you.


Re-read your other post please. Maybe we aren't but you did read and listen to what i had to say. if you hadn't, you would not have replied with a quote in the first place.

Beside's You did not ask what other people use! you made a statement sounding as if "fraps may be crap but there is nothing better"

Don't be a dcikhead and learn to use Google.
FRAPS certainly puts a huge extra load onto you system. It's also possible that when FRAPS is running that your computer temperatures are climbing into dangerous territory and your GPU is throttling down for protection.

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You can monitor your heat levels during FPS loss by downloading HWMonitor from http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php . If your CPU goes over 60 Celsius or your video card hits 70 - 80 Celsius or above, then you have an overheating situation that will need to be dealt with. Cleaning out your computer (cans of compressed air are recommended) or increasing airflow can usually resolve overheating unless an actual component (video card fan or fans in the case) have stopped working.
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No offense, do you know what you are talking about?
Intel i7 950 running at 60C is overheat? Video card running at 70C is overheat?
Except for my GTX 460 running under 70C in game, my GTX 260 runs 75C and GTX 465 runs 77C in game all the time. My friend's GTX 470 runs higher than 80C in game with no problem at all.
I can stress test my video card and CPU at 70C and 60C 24/7 without a single error.

Not giving us any information is better than giving us wrong information
FRAPS certainly puts a huge extra load onto you system. It's also possible that when FRAPS is running that your computer temperatures are climbing into dangerous territory and your GPU is throttling down for protection.

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You can monitor your heat levels during FPS loss by downloading HWMonitor from http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php . If your CPU goes over 60 Celsius or your video card hits 70 - 80 Celsius or above, then you have an overheating situation that will need to be dealt with. Cleaning out your computer (cans of compressed air are recommended) or increasing airflow can usually resolve overheating unless an actual component (video card fan or fans in the case) have stopped working.
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____________________________________________________________________________
If you think I'm being a helpful tech then let us know at- https://www.surveymk.com/s/R6YGTBT

Is your issue urgent? Need direct assistance? Contact an Accounts and Technical Services Rep! http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/about/contact.html

Good luck with the issue, and good gaming!
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No offense, do you know what you are talking about?
Intel i7 950 running at 60C is overheat? Video card running at 70C is overheat?
Except for my GTX 460 running under 70C in game, my GTX 260 runs 75C and GTX 465 runs 77C in game all the time. My friend's GTX 470 runs higher than 80C in game with no problem at all.
I can stress test my video card and CPU at 70C and 60C 24/7 without a single error.

Not giving us any information is better than giving us wrong information


I noted the same thing :P


People who find the need to use LMGTFY aren't worth listening to IMO. Sure I could Google, and I have Googled. But I find that asking those who routinely do things like gameplay recording about their methods and software personally a better resource than just "googling it" Please do not presume that I am that much of an idiot. Thank you.


Re-read your other post please. Maybe we aren't but you did read and listen to what i had to say. if you hadn't, you would not have replied with a quote in the first place.

Beside's You did not ask what other people use! you made a statement sounding as if "fraps may be crap but there is nothing better"

Don't be a dcikhead and learn to use Google.


How about you re-read MY Post... I did and do use Google... you don't need to tell me to learn to use Google. I get absolutely sick and tired of the generic response of "Google it". I dont ask the operative question unless I have done some searching previously.



No offense, do you know what you are talking about?
Intel i7 950 running at 60C is overheat? Video card running at 70C is overheat?
Except for my GTX 460 running under 70C in game, my GTX 260 runs 75C and GTX 465 runs 77C in game all the time. My friend's GTX 470 runs higher than 80C in game with no problem at all.
I can stress test my video card and CPU at 70C and 60C 24/7 without a single error.

Not giving us any information is better than giving us wrong information


I noted the same thing :P


Same.

I know AMD's typically have a lower max temp than Intel's, but 70-80C is overheating for GPU??? I think the max rating on my card (as per the manufacturer's specifications) is something like 105C. In fact I haven't owned a GPU that overheats at 70-80C in roughly 10 years.

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