CPU Lag - Knowledge Base to fix lag, latency and ping problems

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Topic of this article: “CPU Lag

The meaning of CPU lag

The term “CPU lag” is commonly used by gamer if:

1.) The CPU (Processor) spikes
2.) The CPU (Processor) utilization is high/very high
3.) The CPU (Processor) utilization is 99% - 100%

Other terms used or connected to CPU lag: processor lags, processor is lagging, processor is laggy, stuttering CPU, CPU is slow, CPU is high, CPU lags, CPU lagging, CPU spiking, processor spiking

Why CPU lag happens?

a.) Hardware issues
b.) Temperature issue
c.) Wrong CPU settings (BIOS)
d.) Overclocked CPU
e) CPU not compatible with the game
f.) Wrong or old CPU driver
g.) Virus or malware infection
h.) Too many running apps or processes
i.) CPU is not meeting the System Requirements
j.) MMO battles with more than 10 participates can increase the CPU usage. Mega battles with more than 50 participates increase the CPU usage immensely! Heavy populated places of Interest, Towns and similar increase the CPU usage as well.

How to fix CPU lag

Solution A

- Open the task manager to get an overview of all running apps and services that consume CPU power. Sort the list by CPU usage and troubleshoot trough it. Stop apps and services that are not essential to keep your OS up.

Solution B
- Restart the game and/or restart the computer or laptop

Solution C

- Adjust the in-game settings accordingly. Try to apply the lowest settings possible and see if the issues still persists. Slightly increase the settings until lag starts again.

Solution D

- Update to the newest CPU driver or roll-back to the previous version if the lag starts after a new update

Solution E
- Check the temperature of your CPU. Google for apps that can assist you with this task.

Solution F
- If your CPU has temperature issues and is not overclocked, it is most likely that the cooling liquid on the CPU has dried out or the cooling fan is broken or lost power. Sometimes the issue can be solved by adding an external cooling device and/or renew the cooling liquid.

Solution G
- Run virus- and malware scanners to check if your system is infected. Viruses and malware can cause your CPU to be at 99% usage.

Solution H
- Check if the PSU provides the necessary voltage for your CPU. Google for apps that can assist you with this tasks.

Solution I
- Try to overclock your CPU if this solution is supported by your BIOS. Be aware that you need to have basic knowledge about overclocking. Warning: There is always the possibility to damage your CPU permanently. Solution J Try to set priorities for specific processes in your system. Be aware that you need specific knowledge to do so. You can alternatively use tools that includes a process manager and/or process optimizer.

Solution K
- Double check if your CPU is supported by the system requirements.

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