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June 3, 2012 4:33:32 AM

Hey guys.. i have heard abt u all guys.. plz help me..
I am running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit and my specs are as follows:-
Motherboard- Foxconn H55MXV-AH
Ram- 6 gb
Processor- intel core i3-530
Graphics- Asus ENGTX 560Ti Direct CUII
What the hell is happening i dont know whether its my Hardware problem or some sort of softwares. but it lags too much and i am forced to close the game as it cant be played in that situation(10-12 FPS,u can imagine!!).
Although formatting my PC didnt helped and game's fps dropped to 15-20 on newly installed windows too..
Previously when i had issues i tried removing my RAM's and Reinserting 'em again and it was fixed but this time i tried everything:
Removing and reinserting rams..!!
Formatted my windows..!!
ran a memory test from BOOT menu..
updated my drivers..
earlier i was having a smooth gameplay and my fps were 59-60 on high settings but now i can barely manage 35 fps on low settings.. Plz guys help me outta my prob.. thanks!!

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June 3, 2012 4:39:42 AM

bf3 is the only game that lags on your system?
June 3, 2012 5:12:08 AM

corymartin66 said:
bf3 is the only game that lags on your system?

yes bf3 is the only one and it also lags on 32 players matches...
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June 3, 2012 6:10:24 AM

before updating to 301.xx, i was having the same problem..!
June 3, 2012 6:45:54 AM

You need to revert back to the 296.xx drivers as recon-uk stated. Are you saying those drivers don't work too?

Also, turn off any other programs such as anti-virus or other programs you don't need before you play.
June 3, 2012 8:04:54 AM

i reverted to 296.xx back but lags are still there..Only kaspersky internet security is running in background.. my cpu utilization shows 100%.. and 1 more thing when i overclock my gpu using asus samrtdoctor the games lags are reduced but when i minimize the game my aero theme is gone.. why is it so? it didnt happens when i run the game widout overclocking the gpu..!!
June 3, 2012 8:25:39 AM

The aero theme problem happened to me too. You may want to disable aero theme and desktop composition by Start -> Right-click Computer -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced tab -> Performance settings -> uncheck/untick Aero peek and desktop composition.

If you had overclocked your GPU before raising it again, try default stock clocks and see if it the lag occurs. Turn off anti-virus. Battlefield 3 is both heavily utilizes CPU and GPU resources.
June 3, 2012 2:56:59 PM

ok i will try and let u know
June 3, 2012 4:13:22 PM

no dude its nt helping lags are there..!!
June 3, 2012 4:32:36 PM

chances are its down to the cpu. you need 4 real cores to run the 64 player maps without it impacting on the gpu frame rates. so my guess is the system is unbalanced with a budget cpu and a midrange gfx card. as your cpu supports 4 threads you may just get away with over clocking but it will have to be a healthy 1 near 4.ghz if its the cpu's fault...
if you have decent cooling try 3.5ish ghz (you should manage that on stock volts) if some of the fps stutter clears up then you have an idea of how well another 500mhz will impact performance.

you should also try adjusting bcdedit. open the cmd but you must run it as administrator and type bcdedit /set increaseuserva 2500 hit return, then reboot the machine.

lastly http://bf3.realmware.co.uk/settings-editor/downloads try this... 1s you save the user.cfg file open it and make sure theres no double entries.
it sometimes adds rather than replaces.
June 3, 2012 4:54:50 PM

HEXiT said:
chances are its down to the cpu. you need 4 real cores to run the 64 player maps without it impacting on the gpu frame rates. so my guess is the system is unbalanced with a budget cpu and a midrange gfx card. as your cpu supports 4 threads you may just get away with over clocking but it will have to be a healthy 1 near 4.ghz if its the cpu's fault...
if you have decent cooling try 3.5ish ghz (you should manage that on stock volts) if some of the fps stutter clears up then you have an idea of how well another 500mhz will impact performance.

you should also try adjusting bcdedit. open the cmd but you must run it as administrator and type bcdedit /set increaseuserva 2500 hit return, then reboot the machine.

lastly http://bf3.realmware.co.uk/settings-editor/downloads try this... 1s you save the user.cfg file open it and make sure theres no double entries.
it sometimes adds rather than replaces.

i will do dat and let u know thax.!!
June 4, 2012 12:08:08 AM

when you run the config maker. turn off the dx11 features. you wont notice much of a difference visually but your fps should increase... same with shadows. leave em on but reduce them to 1024 or 512 and set em to low... again it will give a bump in the fps...
use ssao rather than hbao if you want to use ambient occlusion personally i dont bother with either when playing multiplayer...
personally i run at minimum settings with high textures@1920/1080 to get a solid 60fps i also lock off my max fps to 60 so i dont get any drops from 100+ to 60 as this can be just as off putting as running at 60 fps max and drooping to 30...

why 60? coz bf3 uses 60 data packets so you will sync every frame with every data packet which gives super smooth fps and accurate player placement.

June 4, 2012 8:30:43 AM

dont you think my mobo temp is too high 126 degree celsius while playing bf3?
June 4, 2012 8:54:26 AM

it aint working dude my fps is still 17-20
June 4, 2012 9:27:27 AM

you dont have aa enabled at x8 do you? also go into your nvidia control panel and remove or dissable the bf3 game preset. and reset the standard settings to default making sure you dont have any of the aa and other multisampling settings enabled by mistake.
June 4, 2012 11:55:25 AM

u know what today when i started the game it gave me a whooping 85 FPS but after 15 min it dropped to 20 fps.. why is it so .. i have restored my bf3 settings under nvidia control panel..!!
and this is my speedfan result when game is running in the background:
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/6721/snapy.jpg
June 4, 2012 5:35:48 PM

Krishnas096 said:
dont you think my mobo temp is too high 126 degree celsius while playing bf3?


That is quite hot. Do you have enough cooling and air flow?
June 4, 2012 7:14:21 PM

its a bad reading not a real temp.

June 4, 2012 7:15:55 PM

I've had issues on 301.24 and .42 where if I have watched a video and then play BF3 the FPS is terrible. I assume you are on a clean boot. I would also follow the suggestions to go back to 296.10.
June 5, 2012 11:14:39 AM

fantastik250 said:
That is quite hot. Do you have enough cooling and air flow?

dude the temp i told u is shown in gamebooster's interface while playing bf3.. and ya i have 2 extra fans attached to my cabinet..!!
June 5, 2012 11:15:49 AM

13thmonkey said:
I've had issues on 301.24 and .42 where if I have watched a video and then play BF3 the FPS is terrible. I assume you are on a clean boot. I would also follow the suggestions to go back to 296.10.

as i mentioned earlier i have reverted to 296.10 but with the prob still there..!!
June 5, 2012 12:56:44 PM

Krishnas096 said:
u know what today when i started the game it gave me a whooping 85 FPS but after 15 min it dropped to 20 fps.. why is it so .. i have restored my bf3 settings under nvidia control panel..!!
and this is my speedfan result when game is running in the background:
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/6721/snapy.jpg


find something that shows us your gpu temps on a graph, they respond really quickly to removing load

15mins of good and then drop sounds like heat.

Scrap that, look at your core temps 100+C on core? your cpu is too hot. Much too hot.
June 5, 2012 7:55:19 PM

I think your CPU is getting overworked, also have you applied new thermal paste?
June 5, 2012 9:01:38 PM

if the cpu was actually at 130oc it would throttle down a lot more than that and probably shutoff

it starts to throttle it down at arround 100oC i believe

i think you got a dodgy sensor
June 5, 2012 9:30:33 PM

its not the 130, its the cores they are at 100, which is probably where it would throttle.
June 12, 2012 4:06:40 PM

fantastik250 said:
I think your CPU is getting overworked, also have you applied new thermal paste?

No i havent applied it till..!! i will purchase it and apply a new one.. can u suggest a good brand for thermal paste??
June 12, 2012 4:08:18 PM

shanky887614 said:
if the cpu was actually at 130oc it would throttle down a lot more than that and probably shutoff

it starts to throttle it down at arround 100oC i believe

i think you got a dodgy sensor

sorry i was unable to understand wat u told.. coz am a lil bit n00b..!!
June 12, 2012 5:54:31 PM

Krishnas096 said:
sorry i was unable to understand wat u told.. coz am a lil bit n00b..!!


ignore it, he is wrong
June 12, 2012 6:20:10 PM

You probably don't even need new thermal paste if you have the stock cooler. My guess is that the stupid ass push-pins Intel uses just popped out so the cooler isn't making good CPU contact. Easy thing to do is just check that all the push-pins are fully down and locked.
June 12, 2012 6:37:38 PM

wolfram23 said:
You probably don't even need new thermal paste if you have the stock cooler. My guess is that the stupid ass push-pins Intel uses just popped out so the cooler isn't making good CPU contact. Easy thing to do is just check that all the push-pins are fully down and locked.


agreed, he's lagging because he's throttling, he's throttling, probably because of pushpins. Core temp = 100C
June 12, 2012 10:05:54 PM

Well, its either the thermal paste or he heatsink not properly installed. If he's still reaching high temps after the heatsink fix, I suggest thermal paste.

@OP: you can get arctic silver 5.
June 13, 2012 12:53:53 AM

instead of speed fan use core tem/real temp or hwmonitor use at least 2 of em together. if your temps are still at 100'c then thats your issue. and you definatly need better cooling across your whole system. from new intake fans for the case to new cpu cooler for the processor.
June 19, 2012 7:03:19 AM

Sorry i was a lil busy these days and was unable to post reply..
can i use my table fan for temporary purpose for drawing out the heat??
coz i have ordered the thermal paste and it will take about 3 days..??
June 19, 2012 2:38:43 PM

Did you check that the heatsink is properly attached like I mentioned? Chances are you don't need to replace the TIM, simply that at least 1 push-pin popped out.
June 21, 2012 3:44:48 AM

wolfram23 said:
Did you check that the heatsink is properly attached like I mentioned? Chances are you don't need to replace the TIM, simply that at least 1 push-pin popped out.

Yes my heatsink is properly installed... i tried to move it but it was stable on its place and no push pins had any fault...
so tell me that my stock cooler needs to be changed??
one thing i wanted to tell you that i live in india and here atmospheric temp rises to 46 degree celsius.. so is this prob occuring coz of temp??
June 21, 2012 3:47:14 AM

Yep, you definitely need a better CPU cooler. Plus, properly applying thermal paste will definitely take the heat away from the CPU.
June 30, 2012 3:11:31 PM

i did everything bought new cpu cooler but the issue is still there.. i formatted my comp and installed bf3 and ran repair install from orign and it downloaded some 99 mb file and i thought my game files were corrupt but when i ran the game it lags as before... is the problm wid my cou?
June 30, 2012 4:01:02 PM

when you fist asked you were told it was likely to be your cpu. you have tried everything else suggested so i guess you have found out the hard way that it may well be what we first suggested.
if you have a friend that has an i5 2500k and hes willing to either let you borrow it and try it in your system. or let you take your ram and gfx to try in his system. if so then do that. if not your gonna have to spend some cash on a new cpu to see if that is the issue.
also 99mb files, from origin?. the last update i got was over 2 gigs. and that was after i installed off the disk... did you get yours on disk or via download?

1 other thing, when you got the high fps were you playing single player and then when you played multiplayer you got the low fps... also did you turn blur up... if so turn it down to 0 and turn it off in the menu... not reducing it but turning it off can cause a negative fps issue on some system configs.
July 1, 2012 6:20:41 AM

HeXit, do you think there is a chance that the CPU may have been damaged?
July 1, 2012 2:26:30 PM

HEXiT said:
when you fist asked you were told it was likely to be your cpu. you have tried everything else suggested so i guess you have found out the hard way that it may well be what we first suggested.
if you have a friend that has an i5 2500k and hes willing to either let you borrow it and try it in your system. or let you take your ram and gfx to try in his system. if so then do that. if not your gonna have to spend some cash on a new cpu to see if that is the issue.
also 99mb files, from origin?. the last update i got was over 2 gigs. and that was after i installed off the disk... did you get yours on disk or via download?

1 other thing, when you got the high fps were you playing single player and then when you played multiplayer you got the low fps... also did you turn blur up... if so turn it down to 0 and turn it off in the menu... not reducing it but turning it off can cause a negative fps issue on some system configs.

i got bf3 purchased via disk.. sory as i havent explained in detailed that in my old partition i updated bf3 and before formatting i kept a backup of bf3 folder and after installing fresh windows i copied the bf3 backed up folder to origin games and launched origin and installed it.. the game was not properly running and had some crashes so i ran repair install from origin and origin checked my bf3 files and did some 99 mb update.. btw i am having no frnds running bf3 currently so how would i check my gc and ram?? i have two rams one is corsair vengeance 4gb and other transcend which come packed with my pc and thats of 2gigs...
July 1, 2012 5:36:31 PM

Krishnas096 said:
? i have two rams one is corsair vengeance 4gb and other transcend which come packed with my pc and thats of 2gigs...


Don't mix and match RAM unless they are exactly identical for specs. Even then it's not a good idea.

Also, you need to use an even amount of RAM sticks. Dual channel memory requires it, so either you use 2 or 4 memory sticks, and also each channel needs identical quantities.

So if you have a 2x2gb Vengeance kit and a 2x1gb Transcend kit, and they have identical speeds, timings, and required voltage, you could run 3gb per channel.

Right now I highly suggest you look into this, and for now I really think you should try running only on the Vengeance kit.
July 2, 2012 3:15:09 AM

I don't think there's actually a problem going in here...

BF3 IS VERY CPU DEMANDING IN 30+ PLAYER MULTIPLAYER MATCHES

I built my friend a system that has an i3-2120 and it SLAMS against that 100% load marker when I join a 64 player map. I doubt you will ever see more than those 15FPS with that CPU in this game.

Your CPU just isn't keeping up with BF3.

Ok, after re-reading I think its a twofold problem. Your CPU isn't getting cooled effectively if it EVER goes over 90C. New CPU and cooler time methinks.
July 4, 2012 5:00:20 AM

the prob is that my cpu was running bf3 on auto till march and after that the problem started...
July 9, 2012 5:32:56 AM

and bf3 is the only game which lags on my pc..CRysis 2 is fine on ultra
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