Why does my FPS drop when copying files?


Culbrelai

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Can computers not multitask anymore or what?
I have a 12900k, 16gb RAM, RTX 3080, multiple NVME's, etc.

I'm copying files from one (SATA) platter drive to another. The game and Windows 11 are on an nvme SSD.

FPS drops by 20-40 while copying files in the background. CPU usage is very low, RAM usage is way below 16gb.

Is this just windows being lackluster or what is going on? Is losing this much performance really expected when simply copying files in the background?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Myself
    CPU
    AMD 7800X3D
    Motherboard
    Aorus Master X670E
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 Gskill 6000
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 Gaming OC
    Sound Card
    what is this 1995?
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS XG27UQ
    Screen Resolution
    4k
    Hard Drives
    14 of them
    PSU
    EVGA 1600w Gold G+
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360
Over on Microsoft Community site, there are reports of various things that have fixed FPS drops when background tasks were running that go all the way back to early versions of Windows 10. One that got a lot of responses was changing wallpaper settings to one static wallpaper instead of shuffle because the images were still changing in the background. Others reported it happening if youtube music was playing or Netflix was streaming or certain other programs were running.

If you haven't already, do a web search for "frame rates per second FPS drop while background process running" and another for "fix game stuttering with fps drops" to see if any of the fixes on the various game boards and tech sites work for you. There are too many for me to post here. It may be nothing more than your system is not configured to optimum performance.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Copying files does not occur directly form disk to disk - your system will be in use, even if very little, and that can easily affect your gaming as RAM is being used and CPU is being used, both of which are also being used by the game. How much is affected will depend upon lots of factors, including hardware, the game, your operating system setup, and so much more. Not ot mention, anti-malware software will usually be scanning files upon creation (when you copy to a new location) and this will use even more resources that may impact the game.

Best case scenario - if it makes gaming difficult, then you're probably better off choosing to do only one of those things at a time.

If you're gaming online, then online activities will affect things in more ways, too, because online gaming and other online activities will naturally fight for network bandwidth. But in your case, copying files locally won't affect the network bandwidth (unles you're copying to another computer, in which case it will).
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    NZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
Did see some versions back with the slower computing where it was best to have a Temp folder and a larger paging file/swapfile to assist in the copying from one drive to another, gave caching more room to work.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
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