I tried removing the Recon3D and still nothing, BUT, I fixed the issue!
Apparently....USB3 is a throughput hog. In the BIOS, there is a setting called "R_USB30 Turbo". With this Enabled, the highest PCIE speed is 8x, no matter what is installed. With this Disabled, everything ramped back to full speed. I also noticed with this setting Enabled, my BCLK speed was 98.3Mhz, with this setting Disabled, it runs at 100.8Mhz.
The communication to my 6970 is now: CPU > GPU: 5.701GB/s. While before it was 2.343GB/s.
How I knew something was wrong was the amount of stutter in Skyrim seemed to increase without any changes (or new patches), and Borderlands started to do heavier texture popping. I then checked CPU-z and GPU-z and found that they both said 8x link speed. That began the whole investigation. Apparently when I was last messing around in the bios, I enabled it thinking "USB3 turbo? Sure!"
Anyway, if anyone has this setting enabled, check your link speed!
EDIT: I hope this helps anyone who is having this problem. There is little to no information on this topic anywhere online that is helpful other than the common "Fixed." post.
Last edited by ClickClick5
on Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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