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Meatsac's System Performance Guide.
Improve system performance for all applications and games.
This guide was created to help you optimize your system to maximize software & gaming performance. If you have tips or suggestions for users on this subject, please leave them in the comments.
Step 1: Setting Windows Power Options
(1). Open Windows "Control Panel" (Set View by "Large Icons" - top right pulldown).
(2). Go to "Power Options".
(3). Set the preferred plan to "High Performance". (4). Click Apply (Bottom right).
- (5). Go to "Change Plan Settings" (just right of high performance setting).
- (6). Set "Turn Off The Display" and "Put The Computer To Sleep" to "NEVER" (7). Click Save Changes (bottom right).
- (8). Now click on "Change Advance Power Settings"
- (9). Expand the "Hard Disk" and set "Turn Off Hard Disk After" to "NEVER" or "0" for time.
- (10). Scroll down to "Processor Power Management" and expand that. Set both the "Minimum Processor State" and "Maximum Processor State" to "100%".
- (11). Click Apply (Bottom right).
Close the "Power Options" window (we're done here).
Step 2: Setting Advance Options
(1). In Windows "Control Panel", click on "System".
- (2). Click on "Advance System Settings".
- (3). Under the "Advance" Tab, click on "Settings" in the "Performance" box.
- (4). In the "Visual Effects" tab, uncheck everything except "Show Thumbnails Instead Of Icons" and "Smooth Edges Of Screen Fonts".
- (5). Click Apply. - (6). Click on the "Advance" Tab. In the "Processor Scheduling" box, tick "Programs".
- (7). Click Apply (Bottom right). - Close the "Performance Options" and "System Properties" windows (we're done here).
Step 3: Windows Virtual Memory Setup
Virtual memory is an OS feature which allows Windows to swap data from system ram to hard drive and back again when applications require more memory then installed. In the old days, if you ran out of memory, you were out of luck (program would stop working or crash). Keep in mind, virtual memory which is set to high doesn't make your system faster. In fact, it's the opposite.
Hard drive I/O speed (read/write) is far slower then ram I/O. You might think setting virtual memory to 128gb will offer the performance of 128gb of physical ram installed, but thats simply not true. When Windows is paging out huge swap files parked on the drive, your performance will start to chug.
Calculate how much VM is needed:
The typical formula for calculating the correct pagefile size has been.... Initial size is one and a half (1.5) x the amount of total system memory. Maximum size is three (3-4) x the initial size. If you have 4 GB (1 GB = 1,024 MB x 4 = 4,096 MB) of memory. The initial size would be 1.5 x 4,096 = 6,144 MB and the maximum size would be 3 x 6,144 = 18,432 MB.
However, experience has shown if you have more than 16GB of ram, the amount of virtual memory required goes down (depending on what your system is running). The more system ram you have, the likelihood of Windows needing to swap out is reduced. The goal is to give Windows the minimum amount and reduce performance loss due to hard drive I/O times while not pushing it to far and run out of memory resources. --- Example:
I recommended starting with these virtual memory settings for the following system ram size (a good base to start with).
System Ram: 8GB
Virtual Memory: Initial size = 8192 Maximum size= 12288
System Ram: 16GB
Virtual Memory: Initial size=5120 Maximum size=12288
System Ram: 32GB
Virtual Memory: Initial size = 4096 Maximum size = 8192
(1). In Windows "Control Panel", click on "System".
(2). Click on "Advance System Settings".
(3). Under the "Advance" Tab click on "Settings" in the "Performance" box.
(4). Make sure the "Advance" Tab is selected and Click on the "Change" button (inside of the Virtual memory section).
(5). Deselect the "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" check box. (6). Select "Custom size". (7). Enter the "Initial size" and "Maximum size" . (8). Click "OK" when done. NOTE: The system will require a restart for changes to take effect.
Step 4: Disable Game DVR & Game Bar
Turn off the dreaded Windows 10 Game DVR & Gamebar. They cause lag & frame drops on so many games, including Squad. They're many other programs to record or steam games with (IE: OBS, Xsplit, Fraps, etc...).
NOTE: This does not kill the Xbox app, it just disables Windows DVR & Gamebar.
(1). Open Start menu (2). Click on settings (the small gear icon on lower left). (3). Select "Gaming". (4). Select "Gamebar" and disable it. - (5). Select "Game DVR" and disable "Background Recording" and "Recorded Audio"
- Close the "Settings" window (we're done here).
Step 5: Removing Windows Pre-installed software
Time to remove Windows 10 pre-installed Bloatware (some of it runs in background regardless if you use it or not). NOTE: If you use any of the apps below, just skip uninstalling them (IE: Calculator, Xbox, Photos, etc..).
(1). Open Start menu (2). Type " Windows PowerShell " (Minus qoutes). (3). Right Click on "Windows PowerShell" and select "Run As Administrator". (4). After Windows PowerShell opens, copy & paste the app listed below (one at a time) and hit enter key after each entry.
Example: You copy&paste into Windows PowerShell: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage (then hit the enter key).
3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Windows 10 continuously analyzes and defrags your hard drive as needed... However, it'll do while in a game or app. This sucks up an enormous amount of Disk I/O and also uses CPU cycles while running. If your game is trying to load DATA & Textures while defragging, things slow down considerably.
You can disable it, BUT, it means you'll have to manually perform this function every now and then (once a week is good). Just be sure to run it weekly, preferably just before going to bed (it can take a little time, let it bake over night).
(1). Open Windows "Start Menu" (2). Type in "Defrag" (3). Click on "Defragment and Optimize Drives" (4). In "Scheduled Optimization" box, turn this function "off". Check each drive (by clicking on it) and make sure it's off for all of them.
NOTE: To manually run defrag weekly, just open "Defragment and Optimize Drives", select the drive you want, and click "Optimize".
Close "Optimize Drives" (we're done here).
Step 7: Close Unnecessary Programs
Close all unnecessary programs (Chrome, Opera, Firefox, IE, etc...) Just run "Steam", the "Game", and Discord or TS if you use them. Running a ton of stuff in background only slows down the main app or game you're trying to use.
Stop the Bloat...
Step 8: Stop Programs Auto-Loading During Startup.
Many programs auto-load during Windows startup. The only benefit is those programs will load a little quicker when executed. The performance gain of pre-loading an app (such as Chrome, Discord, TS, Etc..) is so marginal given the power of systems today. The downside is those apps are taking up memory and resources waiting to be used.
(1). Press Ctl+Alt-Del to open Task Manager. (2). Select the "Startup" Tab. (3). Under the Status column, you can enable or disable items by right clicking mouse on selected program.
- NOTE: Be careful not to disable necessary programs like Anti-Virus, driver related, etc...
Step 9: Create Exclusion Rule In Anti-Virus Program.
Most Anti-virus software offers the option to exclude software or games from real-time scanning. Creating an exclusion rule saves resources because your app or game is not being scanned in real-time. Your basically telling the Anti-virus " I trust this software", don't scan it while in use.
NOTE: Do not exclude certain programs... Example: You may trust Chrome or Firefox, but they need to be real-time scanned in order to protect you from malicious web sites. Just be smart about it when creating exclusion rules.
The example below is how to create an exclusion rule for Squad in Bitdefender (the AV software I use). Other AV software may require a different approach, but the end result is the same. Note: You can create exclusion rules for other games or software using the same steps.
Go to where Squad is installed and select Squad.exe, the click ok.
Click the "Add" button
Step 10: Optimize Windows Using Wise Tools
Wise does a great job at optimizing functions & operations in Windows via it's System Tuneup. I've used this tool for many years without issue.
(2). Run Wise (3). Select the "System Tuneup" Tab. (4). Click on "Optimize" Button.
NOTE: You'll only need to run System Tuneup once, unless you make changes to windows in the future.
- If you choose to clean the registry, I suggest you use the "Fast Scan" for safe entries to clean. Cleaning or deleting the wrong registry entries can cause all kinds of problems. That being said, don't mess with the registry if you don't know what you're doing. If you don't want to clean or defrag the registry, just run the System Tuneup (it's safe).
Note on Registry Defrag with Wise: It's best to clean the registry first before running Registry Defrag (although not required). Always click "Yes" when it asks if you want to backup the registry.
Step 11: Last Checks
(1). If you run any system utilities, make sure they're not running in the background. You can usually disable real-time optimization from within the settings options of those apps. It's better to manually run these operations so they don't interfere with gaming and other tasks you're doing. Just remember to run them, because good system maintenance is key to a healthy machine.
(2). Go through all of the software you use and disable the following.
Automatic scheduled updates (you'll just have to manually check): Some software starts updating in the background regardless if you're in game or not. This sucks up bandwidth which can raise ping times and cause lag. Exceptions: Do not disable automatic updates for Anti-virus and other related programs, it's best to leave them alone.
(3). A quick word on Drivers.... If your driver is performing well and does not cause issues with the software & games you use, DON'T UPDATE THEM.... Theres a saying in my profession (IF IT'S NOT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT). Just because it's new doesn't always mean it's better. All of us have dealt with bugged drivers and the $hit it can cause.... So, unless you have to update because of issues, a software developer specifically requires it, or it offers new features you reeeeeally need ... Leave it alone.
Restart System To Enable Changes.
The header says it all... Save any work and restart computer for all of the changes to take effect. -
Meatsac's Nvidia Performance Guide for Squad v10
This guide shows you how optimize Nvidia GPU performance for Squad v10.
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