Hey BC. Recently I bought a new laptop with some rather weak specs that are still strong enough to play some decent PC games. These PC games run smoothly on Max settings, but they still hit lag spots on occasion. I'm using a cooling pad (Which keeps it very cool) and I've made sure that my CPU is allowed to run at 100%. I'll be playing the games smoothly and, suddenly, it will drop to for no apparent reason. It doesn't last long, either (A few minutes), so this doesn't makes sense to me.
No virus is causing this issue since I have a great antivirus and it did the same thing shortly after a complete PC wipe as well. My PC is completely up to date, drivers and alll, and I have no heavy background processes running when it happens. I believe it's my hardware:
OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics (32 MB VRAM)
Processor: Intel Pentium N3530 @ 2.16GHz
I think that since I have such a small amount of VRAM the PC is using more of the RAM to compensate, then once that fills up the lag will kick in until it wipes itself. Now that was just a guess, I hope I'm wrong because I'm not going to be upgrading any hardware in this PC since I'll be buying a gaming desktop sometime soon. These are the games that are the most problematic:
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Trackmania 2: Canyon
As you can see it's a wide range of graphical progression (From 2005-2012) yet it happens in all of them to the same degree. Anyone able to help me out?