Fix Game Stuttering with FPS drops in Windows 10

Microsoft has pushed hard for Gaming on Windows 10 PCs. Every update has got something for gamers, but it’s not without hiccups and issues around gaming. One of the major problems reported by users is Game Stuttering with FPS drops for games they play. The problem is partly with drivers, partly with updates that rollout to Windows 10, especially the Windows 10 1803 update that came through. In this guide, we are talking about tips to fix Game Stuttering with FPS drops in Windows 10.

What is Game Stuttering with FPS Drops

It’s rendering issue where content on your screen changes all of a sudden. This can happen for many reasons, but, if the GPU takes longer to render a frame than expected, it might even skip the frame or result in lag. This is easily noticeable during multiplayer games. You would see actions happening much later after you did it using a controller or mouse. Many a timesIf a driver takes very long to prepare a frame for the GPU, which means you will see everything delayed.

FPS or Frames per Second is a result of stuttering. So for example, 60 FPS means 60 frames per second. It is the frequency (rate) at which consecutive images called frames to appear on a display. If you have fast moving figure, which happens in the games, a higher FPS offers a better experience.

Read: Gaming Lag, Low FPS, in video games and how to fix them.

Fix Game Stuttering with FPS drops

The good thing is that Microsoft, Graphics card OEMs including NVIDIA has officially recognized about these issues. There had been major discussion around forums for this. Let’s take a look at the possible solutions.

Configure NVIDIA Settings

Change NVIDIA control panel settings

This applies to any OEM which offers a control panel to improve the gaming experience. NVIDIA had been in the top of the discussions.  Some Windows Update reset the settings, and lower the down the FPS rates which are set as default. So look at the control panels from your OEMS, and change things accordingly. They probably come with a Gaming Settings which you can select, and enjoy better FPS rates.

Fix Game Stuttering with FPS drops in Windows 10

You can also assign dedicated GPU control to those games for better performance.

Update all NVIDIA drivers from NVIDIA official site

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This is probably the best shot you have got without doing a lot of troubleshooting. Depending on which graphics card you have, visit the OEMS website, and download the latest driver they have. Install it, and if you are lucky enough it will fix your FPS drops and Stuttering.

Enable Vsync in NVIDIA Control Panel

To make sure your PC changes the frames as graphics card sends out new output, you need to enable Vsync. It limit’s your GPU to output frames as high as the refresh rate of your monitor. This makes sure that it reduces screen tearing but can introduce input lag.

Launch NVIDIA Control Panel > Manage 3D settings > Global Settings > Vertical sync > On.

Use Maximum Performance

To make sure Games get maximum GPU cycles, its best to change the power management mode to prefer maximum performance. Open Control Panel > Manage 3D settings > Select a program to customize > Power management mode > Prefer maximum performance.

Use NVIDIA GPU instead of CPU

If your settings have somehow changed to use NVIDIA CPU instead of  NVIDIA GPU, change it. In the control panel, configure surround PhysX.

Related read: Tips to improve gaming performance.

Change Other Windows Settings

  • Disable gaming option in Windows 10 which is available in the settings. Go to Settings > Gaming > Gaming mode, Xbox, turn off the options.
  • Reinstall the games sometimes solve the problem. While updates do help, but if something is misconfigured, this is your best chance.
  • Check your game settings. Most of the games offer the option to raise FPS which works best for that version of PC.
  • You can turn off Full Screen Optimization. To do this, find the exe file of the game, and then Properties > Compatibility > Disable Fullscreen optimization.
  • Disable Diagtrack service.
  • Disable antivirus while gaming.
  • Run SFC on your computer. It may fix some corrupted systems files on the PC.
  • Reduce the PC resolution by going to Settings > System > Display > Scale and layout > Resolution.
  • Disable Intel Turbo Boost by changing Power Plans.
    • Control panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options > Change advanced power settings
    • Select  Processor power management and expand it.
    • Expand Maximum processor state and modify both On battery and Plugged into 99%.
    • Then simply click Apply and OK.

Keeping in mind the Intel Turbo Boost option, whenever you are gaming, always choose to use the battery plan which offers maximum performance, especially when you have a gaming laptop. Check out our detailed guide on Ultimate Performance Power Plan for Windows 10.

Read next: Game Booster Software to boost gaming performance.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.