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Does Playing In Bordered-Window Mode Reduce Game Performance?

windowed mode bordered affect pc performance fps drop games

#1 Síocháin Zum Subete   Banned Banned   1929 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Síocháin Zum Subete

Posted 27 January 2018 - 03:00 AM

I'm finding mixed results, anyone know?

#2 Ex~   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   828 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:06 PM

Usually people run in borderless windowed (allows to alt-tab around desktops to do other stuff while playing a game) or in fullscreen.


The way most window managers work, typically when running in borderless windows, your window manager is actively rendering your desktops so that they are primed and ready to be tabbed over to. This uses up some of your graphical rendering power. 


In fullscreen all your graphical power is used to render the game. This is why the screen goes black and takes a second to display your desktop if you switch to your desktop from a fullscreen game. 


Bordered window should be the same or worse as borderless window, with how the window manager is optimized for your particular graphics package being the deciding factor on how much worse it is than borderless window. 


Similar a super well optimized window manager won't have much of an impact between fullscreen and borderless window.


Also depending how your window manager is organized, stuff like having multiple desktops or lots of windows/tabs may have more of an effect.

#3 Síocháin Zum Subete   Banned Banned   1929 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Síocháin Zum Subete

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:12 AM

Thank you, that answers my question. = )

#4 Haddix  

Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:06 AM

Thank you, that Male Extra review answers my question. = )

Modern computers shouldn't have any issues with borderless windowed mode. But if you see a game chewing up your PC and spitting it out, try to get juice where ever you can, including going full screen mode.