If Your Games Are Freezing Try Turning off Windows 10’s Game Mode
Microsoft added a “performance-boosting” Game Mode with its Creators update for Windows 10 three years ago and now a growing number of users who say they are encountering performance issues, not game boosts, with Game Mode enabled.
As shown out by Guru3D (via TechRadar), this is affecting many games, including Call of Duty: Warzone and League of Legends, according to many complaints. Game freezes and stuttering seem to be the main problems of whatever is going on.
Some users think this might be the source cause of problems that were earlier attributed to GPU drivers for AMD’s Radeon RX 5000 series.
“I built a new PC last year and I’ve been brutalized by the 5700 XT drivers ever since, or so I thought. Windows added a ‘Game Mode’ apparently, on by default, in some update, and after I disabled it tonight the difference is night and day. The CRAZY intermittent stutters are TOTALLY gone in my testing. I don’t know if this is an established fix that many have tried but I figured I’d put it out there for anyone who doesn’t know yet,” a user wrote on Reddit.
Other people have sounded in saying they’re encountering related issues, and that turning off Game Mode did fix the problems. In addition, an AMD engineer said they plan on reviewing the situation.
The accusations are not just restricted to AMD hardware, let alone the Radeon 5000 series. Older Radeon cards and some Nvidia GPUs seem to be affected by the Game Mode.
It’s likely that a new Windows update did something to increase the issue, to where more people are abruptly having issues. However, if this is the actual accused of the black screen and other issues on Radeon RX 5000 cards that have been going on for many months, then it probably wasn’t a new update. Or it could be a blend of things.
In any event, if you’re at your wit’s end trying to conclude out why your games are stuttering, freezing, or at times crashing, it’s a worthwhile go and disabling Game Mode to see if that helps. To do that, go into Settings > Gaming, click on Game Mode in the left-hand column, and flip the Game Mode toggle to “Off.”