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Lag spikes every 5 seconds. Not putting up with this any longer.

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July 7, 2011 5:09:17 AM

I have lag spikes every 5 seconds when I play games (counter strike, hon, etc). I'm on a wireless internet with linksys router. It's probably because of my shitty router, so I'm going to get a new one. Now I'm wondering if getting this will stop my lagging? Or is it useless?

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July 7, 2011 5:30:06 AM

How many computers connect to this router? Is the bandwidth getting squeezed?
July 7, 2011 5:30:20 AM

Getting a new router does not change the lags, how fast is it? if it's around 150KB/s than your in bad luck if you have programs like Anti-Virus program, it uses your internet so it lags... Most games used around 70KB/s but for Counter-Strike, it uses around 120KB/s since there's a lot of people playing... If your got like ComCast Cable, it's probably slow... I got ComCast Cable at 2MB/s and it's really slow sometimes and it even die for few hours sometimes, Reset or Pull Power Plug for few second than plug back in...
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July 7, 2011 9:48:46 PM

The Killer nic won't do anything to help you, also please post your system specs and internet specs. Is the lag you're referring to more of a network lag? Or an FPS lag? Or a temporary lockup (mouse won't move on screen, even outside of games)? Is it predictable? Triggerable? Try running an ethernet cable and eliminating wireless as a variable.

1. You might be running out of RAM, forcing the system to use Virtual Memory
2. You might have a hard drive issue, listen for a click or strange sound during or immediately preceeding your lag.
3. It might be wireless collisions, something as simple as setting your wireless radio to a different channel might help.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
July 7, 2011 11:47:00 PM

....Or VOIP can cause issues, and is getting very common. :)  So we need to know more.
February 16, 2015 8:33:13 AM

-> Solution is based on my experiments & results
-> Problem: Lag Spikes every 5-8 seconds / Sudden drop of FPS every 5-8 seconds from 60 to 30-45fps
-> My laptop: Asus X552L (for more info search in google)
-> Games tasted:
- Deus Ex: H.R. D.C. (affected by Lag Spikes) normal: 60fps, sudden drop every 4-8sec. to 35fps for 1sec.
- Dota 2 (affected by Lag Spikes) normal: 40-50fps, sudden drop every 2-7sec. to 30-34fps for 1 sec.
- Naruto Shippuden U.N.S.R. (rarely affected by Lag Spikes) normal: 30fps, may be a drop to 28fps

-> Solution <-

-> NVIDIA Control Panel -> in "Select a Task..." Manage 3D settings -> Global Settings -> (you must select: "Preferred graphics processor: High-performance NVIDIA processor") -> in "Settings:" find "Power management mode" & select -> "Prefer maximum performance" <-

or if you want only for a specific game

-> NVIDIA Control Panel -> in "Select a Task..." Manage 3D settings -> Program Settings -> "1. Select a program to customise:" choose I game ".exe" that you need, for example "Dota 2 (dota.exe)" -> (you must select: "2. Select the preferred graphics processor for this program: High-performance NVIDIA processor") -> in "3. Specify the settings for this program:" find "Power management mode" & select -> "Prefer maximum performance" <-

PS: It seems that games with 30fps, practically, are not affected by Lag Spikes as the lag it self causes drop of fps normally to 30-35fps so those games shouldn't have this problem; before experimenting I refreshed my windows in "Recovery" & I maid those steps that I posted in "Solution"; if this didn't help you then I have no idea what you should do because I'm not a specialist in computers, I'm just a guy who "always" searches for answers in google to solve my problems with games or pc, but as I didn't find any answer for this problem at all (+ I got "bored" with this stupid problem), I simply decided to try & I found the answer; I don't think that you need to upgrade your NVIDIA drivers because, for me, it worked with older version (as with new).