Fix? Nvidia Video Lag & Micro Stutter in Windows 10

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UPDATED WITH NEW INFO: 3/21/2021

I’ve been having this huge video lag/micro stutter problem on and off for months now, and the only way to make it go away is to reboot my machine. It seems to be a totally random occurence too; sometimes it happens, sometimes not.

Strangely, it doesn’t happen when I’m using the integrated Intel GPU – it’s only a thing when I output the video using the NVidia card which is a GTX 1060, 6GB. No amount of “research” or driver updates has fixed this and I’ve wasted countless hours trying to find an answer.

Here are two “fixes” you should try – it only takes a few seconds with no reboot required (I spent what amounts to weeks of trial and error to figure these out – after Windows kept aggravating me for the umpteenth time…)

Method 1:

  • Ctrl + Alt + Del
  • Task Manager
  • Cortana
  • End Process

Method 2:

All other times, opening up a non-Microsoft program that calls up UAC seems to fix it.

UAC (User Account Control) is the pop-up that asks: “Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your device?” Since the purpose of UAC is to stop programs from starting, it might be the culprit causing the failure of whatever driver or program that drives your Nvidia card.

I open up “Dragon Center” software (by MSI) – this will bring up UAC for example. In this program’s system monitor, the GPU core clock is 139 MHz when the graphics stutter, and 607 MHz when it doesn’t stutter. So definitely the graphics core clock is being gimped.

If you have this problem, I really hope this helps you out. If you’re not sure what I mean by “stuttering”, the above video shows what it looks like; the fix is included in there too if you’d rather watch than read.

Young

Young is a Jack-of-many-trades. He's lived/worked on several continents for all sorts of companies (and has had his own too.) He meditates with origami and likes coffee, though he really should lay off that stuff.

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