Can You Improve System Performance to Play Games?
Learn how by using
SpeedUpMyPC you can improve the way your Windows handles and
allocates system resources so that you can drastically improve
Frustrated and angry that your computer slows
down after an hour or two of game-play? SpeedUpMyPC allows you
to substantially improve PC performance and gives you added
hours of fun in your game play and entertainment.
Today's games are power-hungry applications
that eat away at your processing power greatly slowing your
computer especially if yours is a couple of years old. Games
like Far Cry, Battlefield Vietnam and Unreal Tournament have
3D graphics engines that require your computer processor to
execute over one billion instructions per second. Large amounts
of RAM are required to store all the data from textures to 3D
models to AI engines to streaming music and playing the appropriate
sound effects. Processing power and RAM are further taxed when
games are played on a network or online as the game increases
its power requirements.
While the latest PCs, with the latest graphics
cards and a few hundred megabytes of RAM, will handle this power
requirement well, the majority of gamers experience annoying
delays and other glitches even on the most expensive computers.
What's more, gaming technology develops faster than the typical
gamer's ability to upgrade or change his or her computer. This
results in greater frustration as most gamers end up not being
able to buy the latest games because they think that their PCs
wouldn't be able to handle them.
However, problems of delays and related glitches
are, more often than not, caused by software conflicts and bad
settings rather than insufficient hardware power. By optimizing
all your system settings and by monitoring resource usage more
carefully, these problems can be avoided, resulting in a smoother
and more stable gaming experience.
CPU Usage and Process Priorities
The most critical resource of any computer is its processor
or CPU. The CPU can only do one thing at a time and when asked
to do several things at a time, through its operating system
(e.g. Windows) it stops doing the initial job to allocate resources
to other processes. For example, when running a game on a network,
the computer has to run the game but it also has to check whether
the network connection is still up and running. This causes
the game to delay.
This delay happens because Windows and other
operating systems are multi-tasking, i.e., have the ability
to switch between all programs or processes, giving each process
access to the CPU. While this is usually a good thing because
it makes it possible to run many applications simultaneously,
it causes some problems when you run games on a typical computer.
Since there are usually a large number of background processes
running on any computer, even when you are running a game, Windows
will interrupt the game for brief periods if one of the other
processes needs to do something.
What can you do about this? You should optimise
your system settings, monitor the CPU usage carefully and allocate
the appropriate CPU time to what you want to run most. This
may be close to impossible when you are playing a game, so ideally
you should look at good computer resource manager, such as SpeedUpMyPC.
SpeedUpMyPC offers two solutions to CPU usage
and prioritising among processes - it allows you to assign more
CPU time to your critical application (the game), and allows
you to remove all unnecessary background applications permanently.
This can reduce the number of unwanted interruptions considerably
and will also reduce start-up times on most systems.
Memory Related Delays
Windows uses the hard drive to emulate RAM - this causes
unnecessary memory related delays dampening the performance
of your computer. In other words, when there is not enough physical
memory Windows uses your hard drive to act as RAM (or "swaps").
This is usually not a problem because most applications work
fairly well, even with delays that last several seconds. This
is NOT acceptable, however, when you are watching a DVD movie
or playing a game. Waiting for Windows to swap data between
RAM and the hard drive shaves seconds off viewing or gaming
In theory, you should always force Windows to
do the swapping before starting your game, rather than having
Windows do it automatically when you are blasting some monster's
head off or driving round a particularly tricky hairpin bend.
With SpeedUpMyPC you can easily free up RAM
and swap unused information to the hard drive in seconds. By
freeing up RAM and keeping track of your memory usage in real
time, SpeedUpMyPC helps you optimize your system before starting
games or other critical applications such as DVD and CD players.
When playing games online or on the LAN, network performance
is another critical factor to great hassle and delay-free gaming
experience. If you are connected to the Internet, your connection
speed and stability can often be improved considerably by optimizing
a number of network settings found in the registry. SpeedUpMyPC
can automatically optimize these settings for your particular
connection type and will also monitor your Internet connection
in real time, helping you to spot bad servers and other network