How to Fix PUBG Stuttering and avoid Frame Drops
You’ve probably encountered the endless stuttering and frame drops that plague PUBG at least once.You’re moving across the screen while your player teleports around and stutters on your screen. All of a sudden you’re dead and you have to start up another match, frustrated you exit out of the game. It happens to the best of us and these issues make the game nearly unplayable at times. Frame drops have also been an issue especially in certain parts of the map or during certain situations. Quickly going from a smooth 120 FPS to 15 FPS is nearly impossible to play on. Any small frame drop or stutter may be the fatal blow that leads to one’s death. For competitive players this is unacceptable, and for casual players, this is a huge problem and makes the gameplay unplayable and unenjoyable. If you’re looking to fix some of the stuttering and frame drops that are occurring while you’re playing you might want to try some of these.
Nvidia Control Panel Settings
To maximize the efficiency of your graphics card, you’re going to want to tamper with the Nvidia control panel settings. If you’re using a non-Nvidia GPU you should follow the same steps except with your respective GPU drivers.
- Open NvidiaControl Panel and select“3D settings”
- Head over to Power Management Mode and chose “Prefer Maximum Performance”
- For Shader Cache turn it “On” if you’re using an SSD and else “Off”.
- Turn Triple Buffering “Off”
- Change Texture Filtering Quality to “High Performance”
- Turn VSYNC “Off”
By changing these settings, you’re maximizing the GPU’s performance for gameplay. While your gameplay may not look as vibrant and beautiful as usual, it will surely increase the performance of the game and may reduce frame drops and stuttering.
Update your GPU Drivers
If your computer or GPU is old you may have old drivers installed. By updating your drivers, your GPU will have the latest software allowing you to have efficient optimization. For both Nvidia and AMD drivers, you can head over to each respective website and download the drivers straight from the website. Depending on the GPU you’re going to want to download the respective drivers.If you already have drivers installed there may be an option to update from your current driver software.For Nvidia drivers open Geforce Experience and follow these steps:
- Open GeForce Experience, if you don’t have it already installed, install it.
- Head over to the “Driver Tab” in the top left.
- Press the Download button where it says “GeForce Game Ready Driver.
- Once you have finished downloading the driver press either Express Installation or Custom Installation.
- Wait for the new drivers to be installed.
- Once the drivers have finished installing, you’re good to go.
If you need help installing AMD drivers follow these steps:
- Head over to amd.com/en/support
- Then click the download now button, this download will automatically search for the proper software that you need. Or you can select your specific product and download it from there.
- Once you have your correct software, follow the download wizard and you should be good to go.
Delete your Temporary Files
Deleting temp files allows you to free up disk space and can make a difference not only in-game but for your computer overall. If you want to delete your temp files here’s how.
- On a Windows computer in the search bar search up “Run”, alternatively you can use the Windows key + R to pull up the run option.
- In the run window type in %temp%.
- Select all of the files in the temp folder and delete them. If you have a bunch of files and want to select them at the same time, press Ctrl+A to select all.
- If certain files pop up presented as a “file in use” press the skip button to avoid malfunction.
- Once you’re done deleting everything head over to your recycling bin and clear everything out.
Turn off/on your Game Mode, Game bar, etc
If you have a Windows PC you may have heard of Game Mode, you might have even turned it on or off at one point to squeeze a bit more fps out of your setup. While some players benefit from having Game Mode on, it might not always be the case. If you’re looking to enable/disable Game Mode and the other settings here’s how to do it.
- Search up Game Mode Settings on the search bar.
- Turn on or off Game Mode, if you’re unsure turn it on and test out the game’s performance, if it doesn’t improve or even get worse turn this setting off.
- Once you’ve adjusted Game Mode select Game Bar, turn off Game Bar as it uses a bunch of resources that could slow down your PC.
- For captures, you’re going to also want to turn it off, capturing gameplay in the background when you don’t want to take a huge toll on your computer.
- Once you have your settings in place, launch up the game , and check if anything has changed.
Edit your Power Plan
A power plan manages how your computer uses power, for some changing it to high performance may boost the computer's efficiency. Here’s how to adjust your power plan.
- Search up the control panel in the search bar.
- Scroll down and press Power Options
- Select the plan that corresponds to your liking, usually the default is balanced. If you prefer High Performance, select it.
- Once you have changed your power plan reset your computer for the change to come into effect.
Disable Fullscreen Optimization
Fullscreen Optimization can be a factor that causes stuttering and frame drops, if you’re looking to disable this feature follow these steps.
- In your steam library right-click PUBG.
- Hover over Manage and select Browse Local Files.
- In the search bar on the top right, type in .exe
- 4 .exe applications will be available to you. right-click one of them.
- Press properties.
- Select Compatibility.
- Select “Disable Fullscreen Optimizations”
- Once you’re done with that select “Change DPI settings”
- Press “Override high DPI scaling behavior.
- Press Ok for both.
- Next repeat steps 4-10 for the other 3 .exe applications.
- Once you’re finished with this open up your game and check if it has changed anything.
Change In-Game Settings to fix stuttering in PUBG
This may be an obvious fix but changing your in-game settings may help you reduce stuttering and frame drops immensely. Here are the best settings to change if you’re looking for optimized and smooth gameplay.
- In the settings tab in PUBG, go to the graphics tab.
- Highlights Auto Capture: Disable
- Display Mode: Fullscreen.
- Your resolution should be the resolution of your monitor, but if you believe having a lower resolution may change your performance, lower your resolution. Keeping this at 1920 x 1080 should suffice for most players.
- FPS caps & Max FPS: Personal Preference/Maximum FPS of your monitor.
- Render Scale: 100 (You don’t want to upscale as it would decrease performance and downscaling too much may make it hard to see enemies)
- FPP Camera FOV: 90 (FOV is personal preference but a higher FOV will make you lose performance, 90 is a great FOV that compromises between performance and FOV)
- Anti-Aliasing: Very Low
- Post-Processing: Very Low
- Shadows: Very Low
- Textures: Medium
- Effects: Very Low
- Foliage: Very Low
- View Distance: Medium
- Sharpen: Disable
- V-Sync: Disable
- Motion Blur: Disable
These settings should help you stop stuttering and may increase your overall FPS. You can always adjust these settings to your liking depending on your computer’s performance and personal preference.
Disk Cleanup and Defragmentation of your Hard Drives
This tip clears up a lot of junk that you don’t need in your computer, increasing the overall performance of your computer. This tip is not only applicable for gaming purposes but is a great way to clean out space in your computer for new files. Here’s how to do it.
- Search up the control panel in the search bar.
- Select Administrative Tools
- Select “Defragment and Optimize Drives”
- Select the drive you want to defragment
- Select “Optimize”
- Once you’re done with that go back to administrative tools
- Select Disk Cleanup
- Select the Disk you want to clean
- Press “Clean up System Files”
Run the game with High Priority
Running the game with a high priority will prioritize the game as opposed to other applications. For some, this may improve the performance of the game. To do this follow these steps:
- Open PUBG and alt-tab.
- Search up the Task Manager in the search bar.
- Open the Task Manager application.
- Go to details.
- Go to the PUBG application file.
- Right-click the PUBG application file.
- Hover over “Set Priority” and select High.
You can also change the priority to settings and try them out if you believe they will help improve your gameplay.Note: If there are multiple PUBG applications, set all of their priorities to High.
Disable Paging Files
Paging files take up your RAM, and you’re going to want to leave as much RAM as possible for your game for it to run as smoothly as possible. To disable your paging files follow these steps:
- Go to your File Explorer
- Right-click “This PC”
- Select Properties
- Click Advanced System Settings on the left side of your screen.
- Select “Settings” under “Performance”
- Click Advanced once more.
- Click “Change” where it says Virtual Memory
- Uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
- Press Ok, and then press “Apply”
- Restart your computer for the changes to take into effect.
Exit out of Unwanted Background Processes
If you’re playing PUBG with background applications running, it may slow down your game. By having the minimum amount of applications open, PUBG will be able to run far more smoothly. If you’re unsure about what programs are running in the background you may want to disable unneeded startup programs. Here is how you do it.
- Search up the task manager in the search bar.
- Head over to startup.
- Click each application that you don’t want to start up when you start your computer and press disable for each.
- Disable and enable programs as you see fit.
Keeping the minimum amount of startup applications will speed up your computer significantly, as the resources will now be able to be directed solely to PUBG.Note: Remember to exit out of your other applications before playing PUBG, browsers such as Google Chrome may take up a lot of RAM that could be vital when playing PUBG.
Clean Up your PC
This may sound like a simple task but once you’ve cleaned every single crevice, knick, and cranny of your computer you might be surprised at how dirty it is. Open up your computer and clean out any unwanted dust particles you see. The most important particles to clean are the ones near your CPU and GPU fans. This dust could be blocking the heat that needs to be transferred out and could seriously damage and overheat your computer if not done once in a while. If you keep your PC fans clean, you shouldn’t run into any problems with overheating or fan failure.Since PUBG is a game based heavily on your CPU and GPU you’re going to want to keep them tidy and efficient.PUBG can sometimes be a hassle to work with due to its poor optimization for some users. Players never want to feel the choppiness of a game, or the lag and frame drops that may lead to one’s death. That feeling is horrid, for players with older PCs or players with new but problematic PCs these fixes may help you gain FPS and may fix stuttering. Hopefully, with these fixes, your gameplay experience in PUBG will once again be efficient.