How can I prevent frames per second drops in video games?

February 3, 2014
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Whenever I play a game, for example DayZ, I run like 30-60 fps. Then every, let’s say 10 seconds. The FPS drops to 12 and goes back up. This annoys me alot and kind of destroys my gaming experience.

This is my setup:

  • Intel Core i3-2328M Dual Core 2.20 GHz
  • 16 GB RAM
  • NVidia Geforce GT 630M
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  1. Matt S
    February 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I'd wager the problem is that your hardware is not quick enough. One particular bottleneck that frequently becomes a problem is video RAM. If the rendering the card handles exceeds available memory, a momentary stutter or pause can occur.

  2. David N
    February 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Looks like you're playing DayZ on a Notebook? NVidia Geforce GT 630M is a Notebook GPU and barely meets the minimum requirements for DayZ (NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 512 MB VRAM). The only real way for you to get any performance increase for a better gaming experience is to buy new hardware. A new Notebook with a higher end GPU or build a Desktop for gaming.

  3. Andrei B
    February 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    By updating the game if you have the necessary requirements to run it or you could you the razer booster (http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html) if it still doesn't work. It doesn't do much but it helps.

  4. Darshan J
    February 4, 2014 at 1:01 am

    That is a low end cpu paired with a low end gpu. It is normal.

    • Ritchi K
      February 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Meticulous answer. Thumbs up!

  5. Jan F
    February 4, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Frame drops can have oh so many causes...

    background apps or tasks starting/running like other applications including anti virus, loading of additional content not cached in the memory, game related activity like certain effects, particles, rise in polygons like another object or player appearing, physics, etc...

    You say your system runs DayZ from 30-60FPS which means it runs anywhere between borderline and smooth ~ not stable at all. That basically is a hint that your system can't keep up with everything happening within the game.

    DayZ is based on ARMA(2) and ARMA has always been known to max out hardware released months, even years after the game.

    Your Core i3 processor for example barely meets the minimum requirements of Dual-Core 2.4GHz.

    The GT630 seems to be a new card but it really is on the low end of NVIDIA cards on the market. Specification wise the GT630M has a texture fill rate of 12.8b/sec and bandwidth of 32GB/sec wherein the minimum recommended (legacy) card 8800GT has a texture fill rate of 33.6b/sec and a bandwidth of 57.6GB/sec.
    In an open world environment like ARMA, like DayZ, this lack of speed can really hit your performance.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook-gpus/geforce-gt-630m/specifications
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-8800-gt/specifications

    The only reasonable hint I can give you is to lower your ingame settings until you reach a stable frame rate. It's usually better to have a constant frame rate of like 45-50fps rather than having anything between 20-60fps.

  6. DalSan M
    February 4, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Make sure that your graphics drivers are up to date, or try a previous version. If you have the option, turn the antivirus and firewall software to Game mode. Download, install, and use IOBit Razer Game Booster from here: http://www.iobit.com/gamebooster.html.

    If the FPS in the game drops at regular intervals, regardless of how graphics intensive or not the game is, there may be background programs and/or services running in the background that keeps checking for updates of some kind, whether internal changes or software updates through the internet. Antivirus software, as well as other security software, and update software can cause this issue. You can try disabling the antivirus/firewall (if it is third party like AVG) and disconnect from the internet before starting the game. If these suggestions do not work, let us know and we can try other suggestions.

  7. Hovsep A
    February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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