People who play a lot of games will at some point in their life experience some sort of lag. This can be due to many different factors, but the two most common are high ping and an FPS drop.
one common misconception about computer and gaming performance is whether or not ping affects FPS when gaming.
Does Ping affect your FPS when gaming?
Although Ping and FPS are very similar in performance, they do not affect each other. Having a low ping will not affect your FPS and low FPS will not affect your ping. Ping is the connection to the game server, while FPS is the performance of your PC or gaming device.
There is a lot to discuss on this topic during this article we will go in-depth on what ping is, what FPS is, and how to fix them both.
What Is FPS?
FPS stands for frames per second. The amount of FPS you have determines how many frames are being shown on your screen every second.
For example, if you have 60 FPS you will get 60 different pictures/frames shown on your screen a second. When you put this many frames together this fast it makes your screen look like it is moving.
That’s why the higher FPS you have the smoother your game will look.
Here is an article about “The Difference Between 30 FPS and 60 FPS.” Here you will understand the difference that just 30 frames can make in the quality and performance of the game you are playing.
It is also essential to understand what parts of a computer contribute most to your FPS performance so that you can optimize and upgrade your system accordingly.
Check out: “What PC Part Affects Your FPS The Most.”
When you experience lag because of an FPS drop it is because something happened that caused your system to only make a few frames per second.
Lag due to FPS is usually noticeable when your FPS drops under 30, however, people who are used to high FPS gaming computers tend to really notice the lag when their FPS is under 60-45.
What Is Ping?
Ping is the connection from your computer to the games server. The lower the ping the faster your inputs are registered on the games server through the internet.
Ping is measured in milliseconds. This means when you see someone with a ping of let’s say 15, that means there is a 15-millisecond delay between their inputs/movement and server.
When someone’s ping is 100, that means there is a 100-millisecond delay between their inputs/movement and the server.
Although this doesn’t seem like much, in games like Valorant, Rainbow Siz Siege, or any other competitive shooter, the difference between 15 milliseconds and 100 can mean a lot.
If you are getting around 15ms or less of ping in your game that is considered very good. getting around 45ms is about the most you can get before experiencing any sort of noticeable lag.
If you have 100 or more ping then you will be experiencing a lot of lag and connection issues when you are playing games.
Can Ping Affect FPS?
As we discussed earlier, no, ping does not affect FPS even though you might experience a similar lag to a high ping as you would with a low FPS.
Lag from high ping is caused by poor connectivity to either the games server or your internet provider. If you are lagging due to high ping I would highly recommend getting an ethernet cable or trying to upgrade your wifi.
If you are still having trouble with your ping and are using Wifi through a computer it is most likely because you are using a very poor wifi adapter.
If you want to troubleshoot your wifi adapter I made an article on “Why Your Wifi Adapter is Slow and How To Fix It.”
If you are using a desktop and aren’t sure if you are using a Wifi adapter it is most likely you are as many prebuilt computers almost always have some sort of wifi adapter unless you are connected through ethernet.
What To Take In From This
Ping is strictly related to connectivity issues through the internet and connection to the game server, while FPS is strictly related to hardware issues and performance.
Difference Between Ping Lag and FPS Lag
There are a lot of similarities when it comes to the different types of lag.
Your game freezing and/or studdering is the most common thing to experience when your game is lagging, but there are a few key differences that can help you figure out what kind of lag you are dealing with.
Starting with lag due to having a high ping.
You will experience your screen teleporting, or your character teleporting off-screen depending on what game you are playing.
Also, you might that you yourself are able to move and do whatever you want in the game, but the other players are not moving.
Lastly, your inputs aren’t working properly.
Next is FPS lag. With FPS lag you will experience your screen jittering with very short but fast lag spikes which can be a big annoyance.
Secondly, if you are lagging in a single-player game that means your FPS is the issue.
Finally, If your game crashes it is most likely due to your computer not being able to produce the necessary FPS.