82 votes

Why is there still screen tearing even when fps are limited to be equal to monitor refresh rate?

Tearing occurs when the graphics card's buffer is sent to the monitor while that same buffer is being changed. You still get tearing even if the FPS is limited to the refresh rate of the monitor ...
user avatar
  • 118k
65 votes
Accepted

What is V-Sync and when should I enable it?

V-Sync is short for "Vertical Synchronization"; its only purpose is to avoid screen tearing in games. What is screen tearing? Image by Vanessaezekowitz, via Wikimedia Commons. Used under ...
user avatar
  • 42.1k
39 votes
Accepted

What is ray tracing?

In normal rendering, you have light sources, solid surfaces that are being lit, and ambient light. The brightness of a surface is calculated depending on distance and angle relative to the light ...
user avatar
  • 17.4k
30 votes

What is ray tracing?

Traditionally, home computer games have employed a technique called rasterization. In rasterization, objects are described as meshes, composed of polygons which are either quads (4 vertices) or tris (...
user avatar
  • 1,764
16 votes

Why is there still screen tearing even when fps are limited to be equal to monitor refresh rate?

Because even if your fps is the same as refresh rate of the monitor, it doesn't mean the frames are synchronized with the refresh rate. Screen tearing can happen at any fps, if vsync is off.
user avatar
  • 13.8k
16 votes
Accepted

Nvidia Quadro FX 1700 graphics card rejected by latest WoW update - suggestions please?

Blizzard is aware that some older DirectX 11 cards without Shader Model 5 support are no longer compatible after the updates. They are working on a fix that will allow players to continue to play on ...
user avatar
  • 18.7k
12 votes
Accepted

What is hardware video decoding, and should I enable it?

This option will allow your GPU (graphics processing unit) to process certain video data, instead of your CPU doing it. This is a good thing if your GPU will do a better job than your CPU - it will ...
user avatar
  • 2,489
9 votes
Accepted

Extreme FPS Drop in Counter Strike Global Offensive

So, considering the discussion in the comments, and my opinion, possible causes of the FPS drop and screen tearing for the specific game in question, CS:GO, would be (in order of likeliness) Corrupt ...
user avatar
  • 2,642
8 votes
Accepted

Are low profile GPUs better than laptop GPUs or are they same thing?

Low profile GPUs are not the same as mobile/laptop GPUs. Low profile GPUs generally are designed around reducing the physical size of the GPU, and not necessarily efficiency (though that ends up being ...
user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

How to read system requirements & compare GPUs?

Unfortunately there isn't really a concrete way to look at models numbers and know how they will perform or which is better. Model names are arbitrary and naming schemes may change from time to time. ...
user avatar
  • 164
7 votes
Accepted

Extremely low FPS in all the games

Issue resolved. The problem was with the charger, it was not giving the rated output. Learning If drivers and a hard reset do not fix the problem, temperatures are normal, clock speed is not ...
user avatar
7 votes

What is ray tracing?

The current predominant method for rendering 3D graphics is called rasterisation. It's a relatively imprecise way of rendering 3D, but it's extremely fast compared to all other methods of 3D rendering....
user avatar
  • 240
6 votes

Seeing Red/White checkerboard pattern in Civ V

I eventually found out that the game was "missing assets", meaning textures and images it needed because not all the necessary files were downloaded. By "verifying" my steam installation, it updated ...
user avatar
  • 2,770
6 votes
Accepted

What games did NVIDIA come through on regarding RTX and DLSS?

Games that currently support: Deep Learning Super-Sampling AND RTX ray tracing: Metro Exodus 1 Battlefield V 1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3 Wolfenstein: Youngblood 4 Control 8 DLSS only: Anthem 5 ...
user avatar
  • 14.6k
6 votes

Nvidia Quadro FX 1700 graphics card rejected by latest WoW update - suggestions please?

I went to a shop looking to buy a newer card, but they told me that most likely my old computer's motherboard would not support the current generation of graphics cards. That's a half-truth and ...
user avatar
  • 1,198
5 votes

How to play Diablo III in a Virtual Machine?

I was testing and playing with the config file (desperately), and in my specific case the solution was to use Windowed Mode, so I can't run at Full-Screen but Windowed mode works perfectly. Just open ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Higher graphics card on a laptop with a lower one

Your question seems a bit absurd. You can't download a graphic card. Maybe what you actually mean is download a driver for a graphic card which is better than the one you have installed. If you have ...
user avatar
  • 28.3k
5 votes

How to turn off this graphic effect on The Outer Worlds?

None of the posted images look off when compared to any and all released footage of the gameplay in online videos (both official trailers and let's plays). I'm discounting the first image as the ...
user avatar
  • 5,047
4 votes

Can I force Steam to use my Nvidia GPU instead of the integrated Intel card?

This may not answer the question exactly, but could help determine if the nvidia card is being switched to during high load (which is part of what the question is about). Optimus State Viewer Using ...
user avatar
4 votes

What are the differences between the different anti-aliasing / multisampling settings?

In addition to the excellent answers already here, I'd like to mention the relatively new SMAA, or "Subpixel Morphological Antialiasing", which is, like FXAA, a post-process antialiasing method. In ...
user avatar
  • 14.6k
4 votes
Accepted

How to make games in low resolutions scale to full-screen on Nvidia GT 640M?

Yes, it is possible, though it's horrendously unintuitive and weird to configure. I've tried to find it out many times, but wasn't able, so I stayed with this small window for years. But I've finally ...
user avatar
  • 193
4 votes

Vampire: The Masquerade -- Redemption refuses to use dedicated GPU, relies on Intel HD Graphics instead

The nVidia 950M is dedicated yes, but also a budget card and subject to how the laptop was laid out. For your specific issues, remember you're talking about a game that was released in 2000, nearly 17 ...
user avatar
  • 2,460
4 votes
Accepted

What was "LCD CGA" graphics mode?

It's actually very simple: back in the era of early DOS laptops (late eighties to early ninties) there were various implementations of CGA laptop screens, including small CRT monitors, plasma monitors ...
user avatar
  • 56
4 votes
Accepted

Texture issues, glitched screens, crashes in games

The solution turned out to be simpler than I expected: installing libtxc_dxtn.i686 (the 32-bit version, to be exact), a texture-related package, solved all issues in the 3 games: sudo dnf install ...
user avatar
  • 215
4 votes
Accepted

Black Screen when alt-tab or exiting fullscreen games in Windows 10

You can fix this by running the game in full-screen windowed mode, instead of running it in full-screen. The difference here is that you might lose out a tiny bit on high graphic games. When a game ...
user avatar
4 votes

Gigabyte Gpu GTX 960 suddenly too slow for dx9 games

Ok, so after 3 weeks of going in circles, today I took out the motherboard battery and disconnected the power cable and made sure all charge has been discharged. After putting the battery back and ...
user avatar
  • 161
3 votes
Accepted

Fix LOD Texture Glitch in Oblivion

After investigating the issue further, I have found that the game sometimes incorrectly detects your graphics card and sets everything to absolute minimum. The core of the problem lies in the fact ...
user avatar
  • 291
3 votes

1080p on 4K display

The DSR article is about a 1080 display benefitting from 4K rendering, which is the opposite of your use case. The image is a fair idea, except that 1080 is 1920x1080 and 4k is 4096x2160. 4096/2 is ...
user avatar
  • 22.1k
3 votes
Accepted

Windows 10 Video Driver Out-dated

You must install driver for your GPU "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter (32-Bit)", otherwise it won't open, as OpenGL comes with drivers. As this is a generic GPU, you probably should install all ...
user avatar
  • 18.7k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible