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

  • 2016.10.03 18:05
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“The lag, latency & ping – Knowledge Base” gives basic knowledge about online games related topics.

Topic of this article: “RAM Lag

The meaning of RAM lag

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

1.) The physical memory usage is high/very high
2.) There are not enough RAM available to support graphics or videos and that causes lag
3.) There are not enough RAM available to support game mechanics

Other terms used or connected to RAM lag: RAM lags, RAM are lagging, RAM are laggy, stuttering RAM, low RAM, slow RAM, RAM usage is high, not enough RAM

Why RAM lag happens?

a.) Hardware issues
b.) Temperature issue
c.) Wrong RAM timings in the BIOS settings
d.) Wrongly overclocked RAM
e) Not enough RAM. Not meeting the system requirements.
f.) RAM type is not supported
g.) Virus or malware infection
h.) Too many running apps or processes that consume RAM
i.) Wrongly configured virtual memory

How to fix lagging RAM

Solution A
- Open the task manager to get an overview of all running apps and services that consume RAM. Sort the list by RAM 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
- Check the RAM for failure. Google for apps that can assist you with this task.

Solution E
- Check if the RAM are proper set in the memory slot of the motherboard.

Solution F
- Check the BIOS if the RAM timings are correct. Consult with the product manual!

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

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

Solution I
- Try to overclock your RAM 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 RAM and motherboard permanently.

Solution J
- Try to set RAM priorities for specific processes in your system. Be aware that you need specific knowledge to do so. You can alternatively use apps that includes RAM manager and RAM optimizer.

Solution K
- Double check if the RAM value is supported by the system requirements.

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