I had this annoying problem with a strange stutter in studio max 2010.
It only occurred when I rotate the perspective viewport regardless of the complexity of the scene.
I tried so many things without any result.
Anyway I managed to solve the problem, it was a setting for my mouse that caused this strange stutter in max.
I use a Logitech G500 and I can change the reporting rate for it.
the original frequency is set to 500 and I changed it to 125 and that solved the problem.
Hmm... this is strange though.
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