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High DPC Latency when Speccy or CPU-Z is running

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1

    High DPC Latency when Speccy or CPU-Z is running


    Hello there people, I recently build a new gaming PC and I now experience DPC Latency issues. The problem only occurs when programs/tools like CPU-Z and Speccy is running.

    This is when CPU-Z or Speccy isn't running:
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    This is when CPU-Z or Speccy is running:
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    Things I've tried:
    - LatencyMon, which however, doesn't detect a problem it seems.
    - BIOS Upgrade (Upgrated to 2304 first, then tried 2101)
    - Uninstall LAN and sound drivers
    - Tried different chipset drivers
    - Update Nvidia drivers
    - Disable HPET in BIOS
    - Tried different anti-virus software
    - Tried with and without IRST

    My build:
    OS: Windows 8.1
    CPU: i5 4690k
    MB: Asus Maximus VII Ranger (BIOS version 2101)
    GPU: MSI GTX 970
    RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
    SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 250GB
    HDD: WD Black 1TB
    PSU: Cooler Master V550S (550W 80Plus Gold)

    I have really no idea what causes this problem. I've just switched from a Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark2 to a Asus Maximus VII Ranger. I don't remember having this problem on the other motherboard. Could this be hardware related? Drivers? Or maybe a BIOS settings causing this?

    Thanks in advance

    EDIT: MSI Afterburner doesn't have this problem at least.
    Last edited by Nahrga; 11 Mar 2015 at 05:57.

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  2. #2


    The DPC Latency Checker is invalid for Win 8/8.1. They state that on the web site.

    The Resplendence Latency Mon is valid.

    Programs such a CPU-Z or Speccy aren't run all the time so it really shouldn't be an issue. However my Win 7 system (what I'm on right now) with CPU-Z does have a little Latency spikes. Speccy doesn't cause any. My Win 8.1 install (same hardware - dual boot) shows it is OK with the Resplendence Latency Mon and I have no problems running my recording studio software, so I have to assume it will work just like my Win 7 system.

    My system, first without CPU-Z or Speccy running and then with CPU-Z running.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    The DPC Latency Checker is invalid for Win 8/8.1. They state that on the web site.

    The Resplendence Latency Mon is valid.

    Programs such a CPU-Z or Speccy aren't run all the time so it really shouldn't be an issue. However my Win 7 system (what I'm on right now) with CPU-Z does have a little Latency spikes. Speccy doesn't cause any. My Win 8.1 install (same hardware - dual boot) shows it is OK with the Resplendence Latency Mon and I have no problems running my recording studio software, so I have to assume it will work just like my Win 7 system.

    My system, first without CPU-Z or Speccy running and then with CPU-Z running.

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    Thank you for the quick response

    I guess there is nothing to worry about then. I don't experience any video or audio problems, I was just concerned when I saw the high DPC latency with Speccy running in the background. LatencyMon doesn't report any latency, so I guess I'm alright.
    However, I just checked two other Windows 8.1 PCs with DPC Latency Checker and Speccy running. There was no latency issues reported :/ So not all Windows 8.1 based systems have high DPC latency reported by DPC Latency Checker it seems :/

    EDIT:
    LentencyMon reports a very high kernel timer latency with Speccy or CPU-Z running:
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    This is when Speccy or CPU-Z is not running:
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    I'm still not certain if I have a problem or not. I'm not sure if these readings are normal?
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  4. #4


    Latency Mon shows everything OK so I wouldn't worry about it.

    From the DPC Latency Checker web site about Windows 8

    Windows 8 Compatibility: The DPC latency utility runs on Windows 8 but does not show correct values. The output suggests that the Windows 8 kernel performs badly and introduces a constant latency of one millisecond, which is not the case in practice. DPCs in the Windows 8 kernel behave identical to Windows 7. The utility produces incorrect results because the implementation of kernel timers has changed in Windows 8, which causes a side effect with the measuring algorithm used by the utility. Thesycon is working on a new version of the DPC latency utility and will make it available on this site as soon as it is finished.

    They have been "working on a new version" ever since Windows 8 came out but its never been released. Since Win 8.1 is to be replaced by Win 10 this year I doubt they will ever release a new version.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    Latency Mon shows everything OK so I wouldn't worry about it.

    From the DPC Latency Checker web site about Windows 8

    Windows 8 Compatibility: The DPC latency utility runs on Windows 8 but does not show correct values. The output suggests that the Windows 8 kernel performs badly and introduces a constant latency of one millisecond, which is not the case in practice. DPCs in the Windows 8 kernel behave identical to Windows 7. The utility produces incorrect results because the implementation of kernel timers has changed in Windows 8, which causes a side effect with the measuring algorithm used by the utility. Thesycon is working on a new version of the DPC latency utility and will make it available on this site as soon as it is finished.

    They have been "working on a new version" ever since Windows 8 came out but its never been released. Since Win 8.1 is to be replaced by Win 10 this year I doubt they will ever release a new version.
    I just tested on a third PC and it's almost the same results as mine (high DPC and kernel latency), so I guess I'm alright. Thank you for the help fireberd
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