When I am playing CSGO I never used to lose frames, but ever since a few days ago, yes all the drivers and game is up to date, I started to lose frames going from 160+ fps drop down to 25-40 fps when I look or shoot at someone. Any ideas why? I tried to delete and redownload the game and it didnt work

Computer Specs

  • Motherboard - MSI X99A SLI Plus
  • GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
  • RAM - 8 GB DDR4-2800 G.SKILL Ripjaws V
  • CPU - Intel® Core™ i7 5820K Processor (6x 3.30GHz/15MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core™ i7 5820K
  • Processor Cooling - Corsair Hydro Series H55 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler - Standard 120mm Fan
  • Power Supply - 800 Watt - Standard 80 PLUS Bronze
  • Hard Drive - 1 TB Hard Drive 32 MB CaCHE 7200 rpm
  • OS - Windows 10 64 bit
  • Check your power options and make sure you aren't in a power saving mode.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 3:18
  • @TimmyJim im in high performance mode
    – Matt
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 3:43
  • Is it only happening with CSGO? Can you check processes running and performance while executing CSGO and while idleing at the desktop?
    – sysfiend
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 11:25
  • P.S. Frames are not linked to lag. Lag is related to ping which is your internet connection, fps to frame rate which is your hardware. Edited that for you ;) (media0.giphy.com/media/R6bDgXEXCLcIw/200_s.gif)
    – Karlyr
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 12:39
  • Make sure CSGO knows to use your Nvidia GPU and not the onboard intel graphics. I was in a similar situation and that was my fix.
    – Adonalsium
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 4:47

1 Answer 1


Verify Game Files

Clutching at straws here, but have you tried 'Verifying Integrity of Game Cache'? Not sure if this will help but worth a shot:

Steam article on how to do this:


Console Command

Found this on a reddit thread:

This is most likely your computer loading textures on the fly. There is a config option to force preload all textures instead of loading on the fly, cl_forcepreload 1. Try adding that to your config or just enter it into the console.

Another Possible Fix

If you open net_graph you will probably see a lot of choke the moment an enemy gets close to you. Try to use the command 'rate 80000' if your playing mm and if you play on 128 tick use 'rate 128000' and see if that resolves the issue.

You may have to enter this command every time you play but at least at makes the game playable.

Sound Drivers

I know it sounds strange but the game may be having trouble loading the sounds in game, ensure that your sound drivers are all up to date

External software

If you are running any external software that affects sound or maybe software that captures gameplay, try playing the game without it and see if that helps.


This seems like an issue that will pop up for people for hundreds of different reason so my advice, if none of these work, is to just take a look around at different forums and articles, try all of the different fixes and hope for the best.

Hope I helped, good luck.

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    FPS drops will never be caused by internet connection problems as it has nothing to do. Laggy screen yes, but never FPS drops and he clearly says "i started to lag going from 160+ fps drop down to 25-40 fps"
    – sysfiend
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 11:22
  • You say 'Laggy screen', does that not mean that your fps has dropped? meaning it is an fps drop? Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 11:26
  • No, you can have lag caused by internet connection or fps drops
    – sysfiend
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 11:27
  • The word lag is related to your ping (ms) which is related to your internet connection. Your framerate is linked to your hardware. Losing frames is what you are calling "lag" in this instance.
    – Karlyr
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 12:45
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    Edited answer so it no longer includes ties to a bad internet connection, as it has been pointed out that this is not the issue. Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 12:59

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