Questions related to gaming experience with regard to metrics like frames-per-second, video quality, audio-quality, network-latency, overheating etc. Could also be related to overclocking CPU/GPU and other hardware tweaks that affect these metrics.

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CPU or framerate limiting on older games

There are some older games that seem to eat up as much CPU as you can produce even if only to render frames that they will drop - or perhaps perform some work that I don't consider necessary (since ...
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How can I improve the performance of Minecraft?

I'm a happy Minecraft player. I place my blocks, mine my coal, and generally nobody gets hurt. Lately though, those mean creepers have been sneaking up on me from behind, and killing me. Why? Because ...
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How can I reduce latency while playing World of Warcraft?

I can often have a latency of over 600ms when raiding and I have heard people in-game say that latency can be reduced by using a custom proxy or DNS server (I don't remember which). Are there any ...
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How do I improve Civilization V's performance?

I have pretty decent hardware and I run many games on it. But Civ 5 is unacceptably slow when it reaches an advanced stage where it shows the whole map and there are many units. I tried to monitor ...
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Which is better for a Gaming PC Graphics Card - more RAM, or faster GPU?

If I have budget for one of two graphics cards as an upgrade, where one has more RAM but the other a faster clock speed on the GPU, which would have the biggest impact on gaming performance? The one ...
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How to force Maximized Fullscreen mode in any game?

I have seen several games that have a video display mode that is windowed with no borders, at the same resolution as the desktop. It's sometimes called "Borderless Windowed" mode, or "Maximized ...
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Skyrim PS3 vs 360 Load Times

I would like to pick up a copy of Skyrim today but am undecided if I should get it on PS3 or 360. IGN says that the 360 load times are lengthy and frequent and unfortunately their PS3 review is not up ...
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Can you run games with non-trivial graphics requirements in a virtual machine?

Any real experience running heavy games like AOE3, NFS Underground 2/MW, SimCity 4, City Life, etc. I don't expect run Crysis on a virtual machine but some old games. Is it possible run these kind of ...
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What settings I can change to improve performance and reduce stuttering of Magicka?

Magicka is running somewhat sluggish on my computer. The FPS are at a constant 30, but it stutters quite frequently which is quite annoying. My computer should easily be powerful enough for that game ...
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How to clear laggy chicken farm

I've irresponsibly made an auto breeding chicken farm on a multiplayer server. Unfortunately, I left my character AFK and the farm grew beyond any possibility of getting close, for it causes horrible ...
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What speedup can I expect in modern PC games from switching to 3 or more CPU cores?

Last I checked, almost all PC games were not noticeably faster with more than 1 or 2 cpu cores (the engines weren't very multi-threaded, apparently). Are most games and game engines coming out now ...
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What speedup can I expect in modern PC games from switching to a 64bit OS?

Forgetting, for the moment, the advantages afforded by more RAM being addressable, what performance gains are typical with say, vista 64 over vista 32? Do all games perform better, or does it vary ...
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Why is windowed mode always slower in games?

When I run games in Windows or Linux in Windowed mode, my frame-rates always seem to start chunking. Is this a general problem, the machines I'm using not being awesome enough, or or is it just the ...
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Is hard disk also responsible for game performance?

Me and my friend have same laptop. Both have the same specifications, but a game's performance on his laptop is lag free. Well, the only difference is in our hard drives. He has a hard drive which is ...
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Oddly predictable stutter, only in Crysis

So here's my rig: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. AMD Phenom II x4 810 (2.6gHz) 4gb DDR2-800 AMD Radeon 5850 1gb, connected via HDMI to a Samsung 47" 1080p LCD TV. I can play other games fine, though the ...
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How can I increase my FPS in Minecraft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve the performance of Minecraft? I'm running a Toshiba A665 with Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) and just installed the latest version of Java. Every setting ...
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Will a first gen Xbox 360 handle game releases from 2011+?

I have had my white Xbox 360 since 2007. I have not played it for a long time and have found that you can pick them up for around £50 ($80 USD). I plan on playing Gears of War 3, but I seem to ...
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would a faster HDD in my PS3 speed up load times?

Ok, so several of my co-workers have been upgrading their work machines to use SSD hard drives instead of old spinning disks. They all rave about the huge speed boost on IO intensive actions like ...
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Does having more than 4 gigs of RAM increase gaming performance at all?

Have we reached a point where game makers are taking advantage of 64bit OSes and allocating more memory to their processes beyond the standard available on a 32bit OS or are games not yet taking ...
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Graphics Card, Processor or RAM?

Which is better for good gaming? Graphics card Processor RAM Will only buying a very good expensive GPU (Graphics Card) ensure a good gaming experience? Friends say that you dont need to buy ...
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RAMDisk for performance boost in gaming?

I recently started experimenting with a RAMDisk for web browsing and since it worked pretty well, I began wondering if any particular games would benefit from using a RAMDisk? I realize games are ...
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Can I run a Minecraft multiplayer server and client on the same machine?

Is it possible to host a Minecraft multiplayer server on my computer and connect to it from the game client on the same machine? If it is possible how would it affect other players connecting on my ...
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Will a dedicated sound-card decrease CPU load?

Assume the CPU is the bottleneck in my PC's performance (I've a great GPU and tons of RAM), and lets say I'm playing a game that permanently maxes out the CPU load. My PC has no dedicated ...
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How do I improve the performance of StarCraft II?

StarCraft 2 recommends the "Ultra" graphics setting, but even on "Low" the FPS drops extremely low when there are a lot of units on the screen. I've already downloaded and installed the latest ...
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Does connecting your laptop to TV via HDMI decrease gaming performance?

I have a laptop I use to game, its not a high-end one. My resolution is 1366x768, I'm thinking of getting a HDMI cable to try out gaming on the TV. My card is an ATI Mobility Radeon 5470 HD, and it ...
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Comparing TN vs. IPS LCD monitors for gaming

Having never owned an LCD desktop monitor, I'm wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are between owning a TN and an IPS monitor in regards to gaming performance. While I know there are ...
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How much does the resolution affect performance?

If you take a generic game and change resolution to 640 x 480, 1280 x 1024 and 1920 x 1080 respectively, how heavily would this affect performance? Is resolution an important factor or rather ...
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Alpha Centauri (GOG version) is using up nearly 100% cpu

SMAC is overheating my Win7 64-bit, Core Duo 2.0Ghz, 4GB RAM machine and when I check the Task Manager after playing a few minutes (nothing major happens in the game, I just build my base and move the ...
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How can I improve CPU usage in Skyrim?

My system specs are as follows: CPU: AMD Phenom X4 - 2.4GHz GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti (ASUS, Fermi) RAM: 8GB DDR2 OS: Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit The issue I'm experiencing is that whenever I ...
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How can I improve the performance of java games?

Minecraft and Terraria both run incredibly slow on my machine. I've never seen anything like it, javaw.exe hammers my cpu - it's constantly at 100%. These aren't even graphically intensive games, ...
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Freeciv runs very slow

After some time freeciv runs very slow on my laptop, running onboard intel graphics. I'm using the gtk version on Ubuntu 10.10 and it seems like Xorg is consuming 100% CPU. I'm also running Compiz ...
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Tutorials play very slowly, what can I do?

My machine can handle Deus Ex Human Revolution fine with the resolution turned down a bit from my screen's native resolution. However tutorial clips play extremely slowly - the audio is very choppy ...
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Are there performance and stability differences between vanilla and Bukkit servers?

I am deciding whether to switch my vanilla server over to a Bukkit server. I did upgrade to the development build of Java 7 which did give me a slight performance boost. Just wondering if anyone has ...
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How to cap frame rate (or GPU usage) in Just Cause 2 PC?

I play Just Cause 2 PC on my Radeon 4850 (single slot) and no matter how I tweak the graphic settings (from lowest to highest), Afterburner utility keeps telling me that JC2 is using ~99% GPU ...
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What are some suggestions for improving TF2 CPU performance?

A TF2 performance question: Do you guys have any ideas for how to improve TF2 performance? I'm running on a native 1900x1200 monitor and find that the game is really CPU limited. I'm running on a ...
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Performance loss from 15“ to 21” using the same resolution?

Why do I have a huge performance loss when I changed my monitor from 15" to 21"? For example, Dirt 2 used to run with ultra settings, 4xMSAA, 1024x768 and 30 FPS. Now it only runs 25 FPS with very ...
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Call of Juarez: everytime stutter when loading something

I'm still at the start of the game but one thing is annoying as hell: whenever I'm maneuvering around in the map and the game needs to load something (e.g. a sound or such a thing), there's a stutter ...
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How to improve Civilization 5 savegame load performance?

My PC running Windows XP sp3 has a Athlon 64 X2 3600+ processor, a 7200RPM 160GB HD, a ATI 3850 graphics card and 2GB of RAM. (Note that there's plenty of free space on the HD and it's defragmented ...
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Can I stop Skyrim slowing down after 5 minutes?

My laptop's about a year old, but I bought it at quite a high spec then so it's still fine. When I first ran Skyrim, it chose the 'high' graphics setting. At first, the game plays very smoothly, ...
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Looking for a Starcraft 2 Graphics Guide

Currently on my computer i can only run starcraft 2 at the lowest graphics settings. I am getting a new computer with a better video card that will most likely support higher settings. My question ...
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Does a flash drive give better performance than a hard drive for games on a Xbox 360?

Since you can install games on a flash drive on an Xbox 360, and flash drives generally have faster random reads than hard drives, would it give Xbox 360 games better performance by installing them to ...
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Low FPS and Performance Issues During Gameplay

Alright this is just baffling me. I have never had performance issues on my Desktop unless its just an easy Driver Update. The worst part is that my Laptop has no issues playing Far Cry 3. My Desktop ...
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GTA IV on Core i3

Is Core i3 530/540 enough to run GTA IV smoothly? What is the range of fps that I can expect? The graphics card is probably immaterial, since I already have MSI 5770 Hawk which will pretty easily ...
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Does Deux Ex: Human Revolution run better under Windows than Mac OS X?

I've got a macbook air 13" with an HD 4000 graphics card. Deus Ex runs just ok on it. Is the performance on Windows better for this game? If so, is it enough to matter?
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Why is Quake Live slower on the Mac than the PC?

I have a new iMac. I have been playing Quake Live. When I play I get either 85 fps, or a weird effect where the framerate starts at 125, then drops to 85fps and builds up again to 125 fps. Changing ...
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Team Fortress 2 Bad Performance on Mac

I was wondering if anyone else has had bad problems with Team Fortress 2 running on a mac (not bootcamp or anything like that) for example here are some of the problems I've been having: When doing ...
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Is a gaming laptop noticable louder than desktop computer?

It seems to me that normal PCs without water cooling and without specifically modded gfx-card-fans are the vacuum cleaners among the home electronics, especially when playing a gfx heavy game. (Which ...
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Very low performance in the Witcher 2 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How firm are The Witcher 2's minimum required specs? I went out and bought The Witcher 2 yesterday. But unfortunately it seems not matter how low I put the graphics ...
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Heavy performance issues after location changes

I bought Skyrim recently. As the title suggests, my performance drops after entering and leaving houses a couple of times. My build is Intel i5 quad core processor, NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti from Gigabyte ...
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How can I optimize the performance of the TF2 Linux client on an old / low-spec machine? [closed]

I've been trying to get the TF2 client to run on my machine. It starts and runs, but so slowly that even navigating the menus is pretty painful. I've searched around a bit and tried some of the ...