The recent hotfix by Riot didn’t seem to fix the stuttering issue in Valorant, as many players still reported being bugged by this problem. But don’t worry if you happen to be one of them. Here’re some working fixes that could help solve or at least mitigate the stuttering.

This tutorial seeks to resolve stuttering that mimics the symptom of FPS drops. For lag spikes and rubber-banding issues, you can refer to this article.

Try these fixes

You might not need to try all the solutions. Simply work down the list until you find the one that gives you luck.

  1. Install all Windows updates
  2. Change your power plan
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Lower your mouse report rate
  5. Turn on VSync

Fix 1: Install all Windows updates

While the ubiquitous Windows update prompts might be annoying to some, keeping the system up to date is actually saving your time by avoiding tons of compatibility issues. So when you’re troubleshooting game issues, it’s always recommended to check for system updates first.

Here’s how you can check for updates manually:

  1. On your keyboard, press Win (the Windows logo key). At the bottom left corner of your screen, click the gear icon to open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Update & Security.
  3. Click Windows Update.
  4. Click Check for updates. Then wait for the process to complete. After that, restart your PC.
To make sure you’ve installed all the system updates, repeat these steps until it prompts “You’re up to date” when you click Check for updates again.

Once you’ve installed all the updates, do a reboot and check if the stuttering issue persists.

If this fix doesn’t help you, take a look at the next one below.

Fix 2: Change your power plan

In the recent build of Windows, users are able to unlock a new power plan called Ultimate Performance, which might to some extent improve gaming experience. If you’re willing to try this out, simply do the following:

  1. On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the r key) at the same time. Type or paste powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Select Ultimate Performance. (If you don’t see this power plan, simply continue to the next step to unhide it.)
  3. On your keyboard, press Win (the Windows logo key) and type cmd. Select Run as Administrator.
  4. In the command prompt, type or paste the following command and press Enter.
    powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
    If you see a prompt similar to this, return to step 2 to enable the Ultimate Performance power plan.

Now you test the gameplay in Valorant and check for improvements.

If this trick doesn’t do the trick for you, simply try the next one.

Fix 3: Update your graphics driver

GPU drivers are essential to your gaming rig and should be kept up to date. The latest graphics driver ensures your graphics card works as intended and helps avoid encountering issues in PC games. So if you don’t remember when was the last time you updated your drivers, definitely do it now.

There’re mainly 2 ways you can update your graphics driver: manually or automatically.

Option 1: Update your graphics driver manually

If you’re a tech-savvy gamer, you can spend some time updating your GPU driver manually.

To do so, first visit the website of your GPU manufacturer:

Then search for your GPU model. Note that you should only download the latest driver installer that’s compatible with your operating system. Once downloaded, open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to update.

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your video drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact graphics card, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.(This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After updating your graphics driver, restart your PC and check if Valorant stutters again.

If the latest driver doesn’t help you, check out the next method.

Fix 4: Lower your mouse report rate

According to some players on reddit, decreasing the mouse report rate, or polling rate, proves effective in alleviating the stuttering in Valorant. So if you’re using a gaming mouse that features a customizable polling rate, try tuning it down to 500 and see how things go.

If this fix doesn’t give you luck, simply continue to the next one below.

Fix 5: Turn on VSync

Some gamers reported that they managed to solve the stuttering by turning Vertical Sync on, so it might be a potential fix you can try. Meanwhile, if VSync doesn’t improve your game, try lowering your in-game graphics and see what happens.


So these are the fixes for your stuttering issue in Valorant. If you have any doubts or ideas, feel free to talk to us in the comments below.

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