If you have read the Guide to improve your gaming performance on your PC – Part I, you now have the idea of the first two main steps for making the performance better. But that is not all! These actions only give you a 50% better performance. To get a 100% better performance while playing games on a PC, you would have to perform a few more steps that have been explained in details below:
Tweak The Game Settings
Many games try to automatically select the best graphic settings, but this does not always work properly. Moreover, the old games might not know what to do when they see a new hardware and may even default to the lowest settings. While some games may end up using too high a graphical setting and may even slow down.
You can use the preset settings, which many games offer (The choices are – Low, Medium, High, & Ultra) but you can tweak the individual settings. For instance, the hardware might not be able to play right on the Ultra but may be able to handle the high. In this case, select High, and then generally increase the individual graphics settings. If you tweak many games, you will begin to notice the similar types of settings in all of them. At times, you might come across some games with unusually named options that you would have to Google. If a game cannot run on the highest graphic settings, you would have to reduce it. This would teach you about the settings as well.
Every game has a different setting, and the various game engines perform differently. This makes the settings in some games more demanding. Enabling more textures would use more memory of the graphics card. Selecting the realistic shadows would make the hardware work more. “Draw distance” would increase the distance you can see in the game. This means that more objects would need to be rendered, increasing the work that would be done by the CPU and the graphics hardware.
Some settings are obvious, while some have an odd name like:
- Anti-aliasing: It eliminates the jagged edges to smooth the things out and makes them look more realistic. There are different levels to make it smoother, but this uses a lot of CPU and graphic hardware power. There would also be references like FXAA (fast approximate anti-aliasing) and the MSAA (multi-sample anti-aliasing).
- Anisotropic, Bilinear, & Trilinear Filtering: These are techniques of improving the perceived texture quality in games.
- Supersampling: This presents the game at a higher resolution as compared to your screen before computing it down to your screen’s resolution. This diminishes the jagged edges, and is the most demanding graphics option in many games.
You would have to use the monitor’s native resolution since if you use a lower one, the game would appear noticeably blurrier. You can even choose the high settings at a low resolution and a lower setting at a higher, native resolution. Try anyone, to which one looks the best for you. The NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience is a new tool that attempts to determine the ideal settings for your PC’s hardware automatically. It only works with a few games, but it helps where the PC users do not have to tweak the settings themselves.
Upgrade The Hardware
You can only get a limited upgrade by tweaking the software. If you want a much better performance, you would have to upgrade your hardware. The hardware to update are:
- GPU / Graphics Card: If you want to increase the speed and have enough space to increase the graphic settings, you would have to upgrade the Graphics Cards that is also called the Graphics Processing Unit.
- CPU: While some of the work is done by the GPU, the rest is done by the CPU. If with a game your CPU is running at 100%, you would have to upgrade it.
- Hard Drive: The speed and the capacity of a hardware is vital, where the storage allows you to install more games and the speed determines the loading time.
- RAM: This holds the game files once you have loaded them from the drive, and if it doesn’t have enough space, it would be taking time to read it from the hard drive.
Now you know all the methods to make the best out of the gaming performance on a PC! So, if you haven’t upgraded your system yet, you need to do it! Share your queries and ideas in the comments section or Tweet us @essjay_ent!
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