Fluctuating frame rates
So, I'm trying to play Suikoden 3, and I'm having frame rate troubles. Originally, it was running about 20-30 FPS. After activating x3 cycle rate and checking Disable Effects Processing under SPU2-X, my FPS seemed to have gone up to sit at a comfortable ~60 FPS. Which was fine, despite the graphical choppiness of the game.

But about 10 minutes in, I'm noticing that my FPS seems to like to fluctuate wildly between 35-60 FPS, which is increasingly frustrating and irritating.

AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 2.80 GHz
3g RAM
ATI Radeon HD 4670
Vista 32-bit OS

I'm using PCSX2 0.9.6, with no extra plugins. Is there something I can do to fix this FPS problem?

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...it seems that game is CPU demanding, so your 2.8GHz is maybe little to slow to keep game on 60fps...

AMD FX-8350
4x 4GB DDR3 2400MHz
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
Show us your settings so we can try to help, however take in count sometimes games will just behave like that specially when using speedhacks.
Core i5 3570k -- Geforce GTX 670  --  Windows 7 x64
Ok, i THINK i got all the config screens you need to see. But if there are others, just let me know...


Also, I was thinking if maybe i overclocked my bus, it'd help with the frame rate, but I've never done anything like that before, and I don't want to run the risk of blowing up my computer.
try our latest beta

and play around with the speed hacks to see if you can find a 'playable' setting for you.
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i took a stab at the beta and played around with it a bit. I've come to the conclusion that I'm just limited by my CPU. I noticed that spots in the game with less going on, graphically, sat comfortably around 60 FPS. But as soon as I started running in front of more graphically intense backgrounds, my FPS would drop into the 40-50 range. This is with every speed hack on the program turned on. Without any speed hacks on, I'm peaking at about 45 FPS.

Kinda sucks, really. I could overclock my CPU to try to eek out some more frames, but I don't have the money to replace a processor if I end up blowing it up.
Yep, that game is one of the slowest currently. It probably does a weird idle loop thats very hard on your cpu.
I managed to play through Suikoden 3 earlier this summer on my 2 ghz core 2 duo with nothing more than a minor slowdown or graphical glitch here and there. There is one point in the game where I had to play without VU cycle stealing as it caused the game to hang in a spot. I think it is probably the easiest of the 3 numbered Suikoden games to run.
Wrong, at least part 5 runs twice as fast.
VU cycle steal causes suikoden 3 to slow down, even at the lowest setting.
(Having a hack cause slowdowns goes way too far, as you've noticed with that hang)

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