Whether you are a newbie or enthusiast gamer who runs the computer mostly for playing games, but you don't own a high-end gaming pc, you must certainly suffered from some lag during playing games. There are many factors that affects the gaming performance of your PC.
Generally, the more the frame per second you get the smoother the game runs, however, more FPS doesn't always mean the better image quality. Before we explain to you how to speed up your games, you need to know some key factors that affect gaming speed.
Some other factors such as; type of operating system, motherboard circuits, hard drive speed, monitor refresh rate, respond time and RAM latency are also affecting frame rates but we didn't cover in this article.
Here are some key factors in game performance:
CPU speed and number of cores:
Generally, the more the clock rate of the processor the better the gaming performance will be, however, other important factors such as CPU instruction set and CPU architecture also affects the gaming performance.
Nowadays, many desktop CPUs have multiple core (up to 8 core) but more cores doesn't always guarantee a better gaming performance, because some games can only take advantages of maximum 4 cores, moreover, some games are more GPU sensitive because of their advance 3D features, therefore, per-core performance is very important.
Graphics card speed:
Most important factors in graphics card that affects frame rates are: The GPU core clock, VRAM type (GDDR5, GDDR3),speed, size and bandwidth (bit-rate), Graphics card's interface (PCI-Express v1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0), Number of streaming processors .
RAM size and speed:
Playing many games smoothly requires minimum 2GB of memory, However, more RAM doesn't always mean more performance. When the recommended amount of RAM for specific application or game is installed then you'll barely get better performance if you add more RAM.
Game 3D features:
New games are more GPU demanding due to advance 3D features implemented in game engine. Tessellation, Depth of field, DirextX11, shader, Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA), High Quality Anisotropic Filtering (HQAF), AAA (Adaptive Anti-Aliasing), etc. All these advance 3D gaming features will affect FPS directly.
Increasing the resolution of game will reduce the number of frame per second, if the number of frame drops to under 35, we will notice some lag in game.
How to make PC games run without lag?
Well, obviously the best and more expensive way is to upgrade your PC components such as CPU, RAM and Video card, however, there are some other ways to increase the performance without even spending a penny. The very first thing you need to do is to make sure the driver of the graphics card is up to date.
You can download and install the latest driver from graphics card's manufacturer website. Now you need to do some tweaking on your system, depending on how fast you want to run the game, we'll suggest you some methods. Some of the methods such as overclocking is on your own risk, so read some articles about overclocking before any attempt on overclocking your CPU and video card.
Tips and tricks to speed up games on your computer:
- Overclock the CPU, RAM and graphics card
- Reduce the resolution in game
- Disable Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering from graphics card's control panel before running the game
- Disable Tessellation, Depth Of Field, AA and AF from advance video settings on your game
- Reduce Lighting and Shadow effects settings
- Change the game settings to run the game in previous versions of DirectX if possible(i.e DX10, DX9)
- Disable Anti-virus program and disconnect the game from internet if you're not playing the game online
- Open the system tray then right click and close any application that is unnecessary