Why are the graphics choppy?
Choppy graphics caused by various issues. The following steps may help increase your computers performance and reduce graphics issues. Sometimes lag, connectivity and graphics card issues can look quite similar, so make sure your check out our other troubleshooting guides if these steps don't resolve your issues.
Check that your computer meets minimum requirements
Does your computer meet the minimum requirements for your game?
Restart your computer
Restarting cleans out your computer's memory and restarts its drivers. This often fixes problems.
Keeping Windows up to date protects your computer from security threats and also increases your system performance. Make sure your drivers are up to date. We recommend updating Windows as often as possible.
Close extra background applications
Are you surfing the Web, streaming media, or downloading a file while playing? Any one of these things can decrease your games' performance. Close all non-essential programs before launching your game. You can do this from the Windows Task Manager, which you can access by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete on your keyboard.
Scan disk and disk defrag
By default, Windows will do this automatically, but scanning and defragmenting your hard drive can help improve your computer's performance.
Reduce your video settings
Reducing video settings can improve performance [we have zero advice around what to set it to and a quick google doesn't provide guidance on this)
Set your power options to High Performance
Power conserving options in Windows may cause frame rate issues and choppy graphics. If your computer is set to "Balanced" or "Power Saver", your CPU may not be getting enough power to run your game at its best.
To verify that you are giving your computer all the power it needs follow these steps:
- Click the Start button or Windows icon
- Type "Power Options" into the Search programs and files field
- Click on Power Options
- Change your computer to "High Performance"
Update your video card drivers.
Up to date drivers are critical for ensuring your computer works properly. You might think that if you've recently run a windows update to patch your computer, you have the latest drivers. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not always have the latest driver patches; they only accept WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Lab) certified drivers. ATI and NVidia don't always certify their drivers, so to get the latest drivers sometimes you may need to visit ATI and NVidia.