Experiencing Stuttering while playing your favorite game is a disaster. However, I have solutions for you and you don’t need to be sad or anxious.
I can relate to this situation as I have also faced stuttering many times but I have a solution for that. This guide is about fixing stuttering in gaming. So read it completely.
What is Stuttering?
Stuttering is a malfunction of a graphics card or other PC hardware like RAM and CPU that causes lags, choppiness, and delays while you are playing games.
What Causes Stuttering in Game?
There are many reasons that can cause stuttering in games. It can be due to high FPS, your internet connection, outdated drivers, hardware issues, heated GPU, or settings in the game itself.
How to Fix Stuttering In Games?
Here are some solutions that will help you fix stuttering in games:
Lower the Screen Resolution
The first thing that I usually do is lower the resolution of the screen. If you have a higher resolution then to your monitor capacity then lowering the resolution can help you fix stuttering.
However, lowering the screen resolution can impact the image quality but it will surely help you fix stuttering in games. So, it is worth a try.
Anti-Aliasing is the feature that smooths the jagged edges of graphics. It improves the picture quality but it also puts a burden on your GPU.
So, if you are experiencing stuttering in games then turning off Anti-Aliasing can help you fix that.
Here is how to turn it off:
- Go to graphics settings
- Locate the Anti-Aliasing option
- Turn it off
However, you should not disable all the Anti-Aliasing features because some of them are very crucial for gaming. One of the examples is FXAA (Fast approximate anti-aliasing and MSAA (Multisample anti-aliasing).
You can figure out the best setting of supersampling based on your GPU. If you have a flagship graphics card then you can turn it up to 8x or even 16x. However, the best setting is between 4x to 2x which you can try.
Turn Off V-Sync
V-Sync is a technology that synchronizes FPS with the refresh rate of the monitor. It helps to prevent screen tearing but it can be a major reason for stuttering.
So, if you are experiencing stuttering in games then turning off the V-Sync can give relief. To turn it off, go to the graphics settings of the game and look for V-Sync. Click on that and turn it off.
DLSS And FSR
DLSS (Deep learning super-sampling) is a technology that is introduced by Nvidia. It is an AI-based system that maximizes the graphical enactment for better visuals and picture quality. This feature can also reduce stuttering issues.
FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution) is a technology of AMD that is similar to DLSS. It is also an AI-based technology that automatically emphasizes the picture quality of the game. You can also use FSR if you are an AMD lover to reduce the traces of stuttering.
Lowering Texture Quality
When dealing with stuttering in games, another thing that you can do is lower the texture quality. The higher the texture quality, the more burden it puts on your GPU. So, lowering the texture quality can help you fix stuttering in games.
Here is how to lower the texture quality:
- Go to graphical settings
- Check the option of Texture quality
- Open it and set it to the lower settings
When you lower the texture quality it will improve the frame rates but you will get bad graphics. However, if you are facing issues like stuttering then adding off a bit of bad image quality to get rid of this situation is not a bad trade.
In the image below, you can see the image quality difference in different settings. You can see that there is only a bit of discrepancy between Ultra settings and High settling. However, when going to lower settings like medium, there is a big difference in image texture.
Overclock Your CPU And GPU
Overclocking is another way to get rid of stuttering. However, overclocking your CPU and GPU can also cause problems like stuttering in games. So, you should overclock them only if you know what you are doing.
If you are new to overclocking then I would recommend you not to overclock your CPU and GPU. Overclocking is a delicate process and if you don’t do it right then it can cause permanent damage to your hardware.
So, unless you are sure about what you are doing, I would recommend you not to overclock your CPU and GPU.
The meaning of texture filtering is to improve the image quality of textures. It is also known as anisotropic filtering. It converts the 2D images into 3D models. So, it can also mitigate the signs of stuttering.
To lower the texture filtering, follow the steps:
- Open the graphics settings
- There you will see an option for Texture Filtering
- Open that icon and slide it down to a lower value
You can lower the texture filtering to improve game performance but it will result in bad image quality.
When searching for the color of a pixel, you must examine adjacent texels on the texture and/or other images from neighboring texels to determine an average. This is how to texture filtering is done most simply because of the phrase “bilinear filtering.”
There are two terms: trilinear filtering and anisotropic filtering, which are more complex ways of saying “better.” Trilinear filtering takes into account the texel’s two mipmap levels above and below the pixel being rendered.
Mipmaps are lower-resolution versions of an image, used when the texture is viewed from far away so that the GPU doesn’t have to work as hard. By examining these four texels, trilinear filtering can provide a more accurate color for the pixel being rendered.
Anisotropic filtering does the same thing as trilinear, but with many more texels. It examines texels from all mipmap levels above and below the one being rendered, weighing them according to how close they are to the pixel being rendered. This can provide even more accurate color for the pixel, but at a performance cost.
The trade-off with texture filtering is that the higher the quality, the more texels must be examined, which costs performance. So, you must choose the right balance of quality and performance for your game.
Close All Unnecessary Background Programs
There are a number of programs on PC that are continuously consuming RAM, CPU, and GPU resources in the background. These programs can cause stuttering in games. So, it is important to close all unnecessary programs running in the background.
To close all unnecessary programs, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together and it will open the Task Manager.
In the Processes tab, look for all the unnecessary programs and click on the End task button to close them. Once you have disabled all the background programs, you can check the performance by restarting your PC.
Check Your Power Supply Unit
A bad or low-quality power supply unit (PSU) can also cause stuttering in games. The PSU must be powerful enough to provide adequate power to all the components of your PC. Using a perfect PCU can lower the chances of stuttering so it is a good investment.
To check your PSU, open the case of your PC and look for the sticker on the PSU. There should be all information printed about your PSU including the model number, wattage, etc.
If you don’t find the sticker on the PSU then you can also check the manual of your motherboard. In the manual, you can check the all required PSU for your motherboard.
Once you know the model number and wattage of your PSU, go to the website of the manufacturer and look for that particular model.
There you can check the details about that PSU including the minimum and maximum wattage.
If you find that your PSU is not powerful enough then you should replace it with a more powerful one.
Update Your Graphics Drivers
Drivers play an important role in any program. Similarly, GPU drivers are very crucial for having perfect gaming visuals. So, it is important to keep your graphics drivers up-to-date.
You can use software to update the driver automatically or you can download them from the official website.
The manual way is to go to the website of your graphics card manufacturer and look for the latest driver for your graphics card model. Download the latest drivers and install them.
The automatic way is to use driver update software that will do everything automatically.
Driver Easy is a software that will scan your system and automatically download the drivers from the official website. If you are not a techy person even you can use Driver Easy easily.
All you need to do is install the Driver Easy and let it do its work. Just click on the scan now button so it can start working. Driver Easy will then scan your PC and it will install all the outdated and corrupt drivers.
Now you can stay back and get some relaxation while this driver picker is doing its job. Once everything is done, restart your PC to check the status of the problem.
Optimize Your Game Settings
If you are still experiencing stuttering in games then it is a good idea to optimize your game settings.
You can do it with the lower settings of the resolution, framerate, and/or graphical settings.
In this manner, you will get a bit lower quality picture but the big thing is that you will get rid of stuttering for sure.
Stuttering is a very frustrating thing while you are playing games. It will ruin the gaming experience for you. But don’t worry, there are easy methods to fix stuttering in games.
I hope now your stuttering problem would be solved and you can now finally take a breath.