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A while ago i noticed that when i played bf2 i would lag for a second or two every 15 seconds or so.I would have a great ping ,50+fps ,i have roadrunner ,a pentium 4 3.0ghz ,768mbs ram ,and an ati radeon 9550 pro special edition (yeah i know i need a new computer:( )and yet i get lag spikes.I have no clue why they happen.the only 2 games i have noticed them on were call of duty 2 and battlefield 2. I tried to overclock my card a little bit so i dont know if that made it unstable but when i mean a little i mean very little
(estimate:core +50/mem +30).If anyone can help me or know what the problem is i would appreciate the help.
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I've read that Battlefield 2 is sensitive to overclocking, so it may be that you having overclocked your card has done it. I've read some people with factory overclocked cards have to underclock them.

**I assume your talking about graphical lag

I figured I'd go ahead and put this excerpt from TweakGuides.com

In-Game Lag/Freezes: Most people experience a lot of in-game lags, pauses and several-second freezes. Aside from optimizing your system as per my guides in the Essential Optimization section, check the Clearing Shader Optimizations tip below, and make sure to carefully read the Video option descriptions in the In-Game Settings section further below as well, and of course make absolutely sure you have defragmented your hard drive after installing this demo. However it is quite clear that BF2 requires a lot of memory to operate. Basically many of the pauses/freezes are related to loading information from the hard drive, and for those of you with only 512MB of RAM this will happen very often, particularly at the start of a match and whenever new areas/items are encountered. Even with 1GB, there is a lot of loading, so clearly BF2 would benefit from 2GB of RAM. More importantly, graphics cards with 128MB of Video RAM or less will also experience more pauses as textures are loading into/out of Video Memory.


Edited by ADNoland, 12 November 2006 - 01:56 PM.

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