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(Pocket-lint) – Delay can really spoil your fun. Various things can slow down your device, cause stuttering, or ruin your overall experience. It can be hard to find the cause and cause of this problem, but we are here to help.
So, if your computer is running slow during gaming sessions, read on and learn about the different ways to diagnose the problem and possible solutions.
If you’ve been playing on an old computer that you’ve owned for a while, or are pushing your computer to its limits, you may encounter the problem of thermal boost.
This occurs when components become extremely hot under load and approach their maximum operating temperature. The PC components then intelligently reduce their performance to take into account the increasing temperature, which must gradually reduce the temperature before it can increase the power.
Heat throttling is one possible reason for what PC gamers consider lag — the feeling that the game isn’t running smoothly or that there’s a sudden drop in in-game FPS.
There are several ways to check the temperature of the CPU and graphics card with relative ease. With these tools and techniques, you will be able to determine if your computer is too hot.
If so, there are things you can do. Simply cleaning fans and dust filters can help, such as opening a window in a warm, unventilated room or moving your computer to a more open space where it can breathe easily. Replacing the thermal paste is a more drastic method, but you can also increase your computer’s fan speed.
Internet connection speed
Sometimes the lag (or feeling lag) has nothing to do with your computer problems, rather it’s due to the speed of your internet connection. Slow internet connection and loud sounds can cause uncomfortable gaming experiences in multiplayer games.
Tools like SpeedTest can give you an idea of your current internet speed and show you your connection speed and upload speed, but they may not solve the problem.
If you notice a drop in your internet speed and that’s not what your ISP should be providing, it could be a signal or hardware issue. Upgrading your home network can help alleviate problems. For example, if you are using a wireless connection, try switching to an Ethernet connection for your gaming PC. Using an Ethernet cable ensures a stronger, more reliable connection and overall better performance.
If you can’t do that, consider switching to Wi-Fi 6 or a mesh network for better coverage.
Other applications consume processing power
Just because your game is the only thing you play doesn’t mean your PC isn’t busy doing other things. There may be times when your device is running other apps in the background that consume processing power and cause delays.
If you notice a problem, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time to open the task manager. You will then be able to see which processes are running and what is using the most processing power.
This includes displaying which applications are currently using the GPU, CPU, and RAM. Obviously, if another item on the list, other than your game, is using a high percentage of any of these items while playing, that’s probably part of the reason. Right-click on the offending process and click End task.
If you find an app that does this regularly and isn’t necessary to run a PC game, consider uninstalling it. Just hit the Windows start key and type “add, remove, or remove programs”, then search for the application and uninstall it.
If it’s an app that you use regularly but don’t need all the time, click the Startup tab in Task Manager, find the app, and right-click to disable it. This will prevent it from being loaded every time Windows starts.
Sometimes, lag can be caused by issues with graphics drivers or conflicts with other drivers on your system.
We’ve already covered how to cleanly update and install Nvidia drivers for best results, as well as tips and tricks to improve your PC’s performance. Sometimes downloading the latest graphics drivers is enough to fix the lag issue. If you haven’t done so in a while and are trying to play the latest games, that might be part of the problem.
Nvidia Game Ready drivers are designed to give you the best performance while you play. The drivers are thoroughly tested on all types of gaming hardware and optimized for the latest games. So follow the steps to cleanly install new drivers and see if that helps you fix the lag issue.
Believe it or not, sometimes it’s just your game settings that cause problems. In some games, a frame limit is set, which limits the maximum number of frames per second. If v-sync is enabled, it can also limit maximum frames per second and disable gaming sessions. Check your game graphics settings to see if a frame rate limit has been applied.
Other settings can also help improve performance. Some games are too intense even for high-end gaming devices. Cyberpunk 2077 was particularly cumbersome upon launch, and while it looked great, it didn’t perform well when the graphics were maxed out. Sometimes lowering the graphics settings is all it takes to fix issues that may seem like lag but are often just a drop in frame rate.
You can also enable settings like DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), which optimizes performance with artificial intelligence to intelligently increase the quality of your graphics while requiring less processing power from your GPU. There are alternatives to DLSS, such as AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution and Intel Xe Super Sampling, but we found DLSS to be the most reliable so far.
If you have an older system that you’ve been playing with for a while, you’ve probably already upgraded your graphics card. The GPU is one of the easiest things to upgrade, but doing it without considering other components can cause problems. One of them is the system bottleneck. This can happen when one part is particularly strong while the others are not. If you are playing games with an Intel Core i3 processor and RTX 3090 Ti, you may already have this problem.
Consider upgrading your CPU and adding additional RAM in your system to improve overall system performance and improve your hardware without completely replacing it.
If you play games on a laptop, know that many modern, thin and light laptops need to be plugged into a power source to function properly. Nvidia’s advanced Optimus technology is designed to maximize battery life, but at the cost of performance.
So you can’t just play Triple A titles without power and expect a smooth experience with high FPS. Plug in your laptop and you’ll see a significant improvement in your FPS and overall experience.
Written by Adrian Wellings.