We all know it can be a little bit difficult to hop onto the idea of upgrading your hardware like most other sites suggest. So here we discuss of the ways that are fundamental to boost your gaming performance or FPS.
1) Virtual Memory – Page File
We know that games load their data files into memory (RAM) and more memory results into faster streaming hence reduced stuttering. So what happens when you run out of RAM ? That specific game load its files into a page file called the virtual memory. Increasing the virtual memory can help reducing the stutters in a video game considering the game isn’t running out of too much RAM.
- To do that, you click on the Start Button and search: Advanced system settings.
- Now click “Settings” of the Performance section then click on “Advanced” tab.
- On the Virtual memory section, click “Change” and adjust your page file size.
Here we recommend you to set it to around 16 GB if you don’t worry about space. You can also set it to lower than that.
2) Keeping Windows OS and Your Games Separate
If you have two HDD loaded into your computer, the best way to utilize them would be to install your Windows and Games in the separate HDD’s. When you start a game, it starts reading up data from the disk which in turn can make your basic Windows functions act slower than normal for a moment or more. That’s in the case when you have your Windows installation in the same disk as your game.
So keep your games in a separate partition away from Windows OS disk. This will help your reduce overall stuttering. Its also recommended to install Windows OS on a SSD if you have. Same applies to page file, assign the Windows OS disk for page file.
3) Defrag your disk
When some data is written on your disk, it is written into blocks. After times the blocks can get fragmented or separated far away from each other hence increasing the loading times. To help reduce that, you need to defrag your disk so that those blocks can be arranged sequentially again. You can use Windows Disk Defragmenter or CCleaner’s Defrag.
For people with good amount of RAM, Superfetch can be a good thing. Superfetch adapts to your usage so suppose you are using a program more often then it creates a cache memory. The next time you load the same program, it will start faster than before because it will be loaded straight from the cache memory rather than the disk itself.
Cache memory is considered as Free RAM because any application’s memory request supersedes the cache memory. But there are cases when people have low amount of RAM and Superfetch becomes a problem. So if you have like 4-6 GB of RAM, Superfetch can sometimes slowdown loading of games and normal Windows functions.
If you start Resource Monitor from your task manager and see 100% Disk Activity even when you are not doing anything, it means Superfetch is acting. To disable it, go to Services tab on your task manager and disable “SysMain” with description “Superfetch”. See if it helps, if it doesn’t then leave Superfetch as it is.
5) Memory priority
- When you launch a game, start the task manager and go to “Processes” tab.
- Locate your game there and right click on it, go down to “Set priority” and select High or Above normal.
Note that “Above normal” can actually help sometimes instead of High.
6) Closing useless/hidden programs
For example Google Chrome runs in the background even if you close it. Start task manager, go to Processes tab and click on “Memory” so that running programs are sorted out by highest memory usage at top. Identify useless and unnecessary programs by reading their descriptions and start closing them if you can’t close them from the front.
7) Keeping your drivers up-to-date
New drivers comes with optimized libraries to improve the functioning of the game’s core functions. So its very necessary to keep your GPU drivers updated.
8) Adjust your GPU Global Settings
Go to the desktop screen and right click on it, you will see NVIDIA or AMD Control Panel option. Click on it and configure your 3D Settings. Options there are explanatory so read them and configure accordingly.