Windows 10 Game Mode Causing FPS Drop, Stutter And Other Performance Issues Impacting Smooth Gaming Experience?

Windows 10 Game Mode, the very platform meant to offer enhanced performance in games, is reportedly causing several problems. Quite a few gamers have reported multiple problems that allegedly stem from using Windows 10 Game Mode. There is, however, a simple but temporary solution.

A few Windows 10 OS users are reporting the Game Mode negatively impacts gaming performance. The issue isn’t yet widespread, and the number of games that seem to perform poorly is also low. Microsoft has yet to officially acknowledge the Windows 10 Game Mode issue, and hence there’s no official patch yet.

Windows 10 Game Mode Negatively Impacts Gaming Performance And Causes Issues Like FPS Drop and Stutter In Some Games?

Windows 10’s Game Mode is a feature that prioritizes CPU and GPU resources to improve game performance. However, it appears this feature is also a terrible option for certain games and drivers. A few Windows 10 OS users who switch on the Game Mode have come forth with complaints about Windows 10 Game Mode negatively impacting gaming performance on some hardware.

It is interesting to note that computers with either NVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card are affected. In other words, the Windows 10 Game Mode issue is not particular to any one GPU. According to the reports and complaints, Radeon RX 5700 XT, RX 480, R9 290, and other AMD models are struggling with performance issues when Game Mode is enabled. Those using NVIDIA GPUs, including GTX 980 and GTX 1080 Ti GPUs, have also claimed their PCs struggle with Game Mode.

Some of the most common issues that come up while enabling Windows 10 Game Mode are stuttering and freezes. Games such as Call of Duty: Warzone and League of Legends are reportedly suffering from sudden frame rate drops, stuttering, and other performance problems.

Experts are still trying to investigate what is causing the issue. Since the Game Mode causes problems in a few games, but it is common among NVIDIA as well as AMD GPUs, it is a bit difficult to ascertain where the problem lies. As the problems aren’t limited to a particular type of graphics card, the issue could be associated with a particular driver or Windows 10 update.

Windows 10 Game Mode Issue Affecting Only A Few Select Game Titles:

It is important to note that according to the reports, the Windows 10 Game Mode issue is particularly common in Call of Duty lineup, Destiny, League of Legends, and a few other popular games. In other words, the issue is not a global one. This also means that not all gamers using Windows 10 and switching on Game Mode could experience poor performance. Moreover, even if the gamers experience stutter, frame drops, and other issues, there could be other problems that the gamers will have to investigate.

In case gamers who use Windows 10 OS for gaming face issues while the Game Mode is switched on, there is a simple way to ascertain if the particular platform is the culprit. If any gamer is affected by this problem, then open the Settings and click on ‘Gaming’. Look for the Game Mode option and disable it.

It is important to note that non-gaming performance within Windows 10 is not affected. Hence users who rely on Windows 10 OS primarily for productivity, office, or multimedia editing work, need not be concerned. For gamers, however, Microsoft is yet to officially acknowledge the Game Mode issue in Windows 10 OS. Hence it is advised to keep the Game Mode disabled for the time being.

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Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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