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Mad Poster
Original Poster
#1 Old 13th May 2014 at 12:38 AM
Default Improving Sims 3 Game Performance
If you aren't already aware, there is a guide on Game Help:Improving Sims 3 Performancewiki, though it needs to be updated and expanded upon. So, we're looking for your tips and tricks on getting the game to run faster and/or smoother. The guide already covers Computer Systems (Specs, Requirements, Upgrading, Checkup, and Updating Drivers), as well as Custom Content (check for problem packages, combining packages, and using mods from NRaas or MATY). We hope to include any or all known tips/tweaks for making the game or launcher run more efficiently which will be used primarily in the Help and Support Section of the site.

A few examples of what we are looking for would be:
  • Using MasterController settings to limit CAS items to one preset each (to reduce CAS loading)
  • World Fixes by Ellacharmd to help fix routing issues in various worlds
  • Reduce the number of programs running on your computer while you play
  • disconnecting from the internet
  • using subfolders for Downloads, Exports, Screenshots etc to keep the launcher from seeing and listing them (reduces lag in launcher)
  • using the CC tabs under Installed Content in launcher (Sims, Lots, Objects, Patterns) to help reduce the amount launcher loads (can only load 500 items at a time)
So share your experience, do these things work? Do you use any of them or other things to speed up the game or launcher? What is your tip/trick and how has it helped you?
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Scholar
#2 Old 13th May 2014 at 1:01 AM
My game stutters all the fucking time now, I unistalled ITF and Showtime it helped a bit. The lag started right after I deleted NRASS story progression because the constant notifications we're really pissing me off.
Top Secret Researcher
#3 Old 13th May 2014 at 1:30 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChinchillaJesus
My game stutters all the fucking time now, I unistalled ITF and Showtime it helped a bit. The lag started right after I deleted NRASS story progression because the constant notifications we're really pissing me off.


The pesky notifications can be turned off in SP. The NRaas Overwatch and Error Trap mods might help with the lag also as those mods do clean up.
Top Secret Researcher
#4 Old 13th May 2014 at 2:03 AM Last edited by barbarat : 13th May 2014 at 4:29 AM. Reason: Adding A Few More Tips
Here are a few considerations for the list if they are not already on there:

Using NRaas Error Trap and Overwatch provide a lot of game clean up: Error Trap does save game clean up and reports any game errors and Overwatch makes corrections of persistent or recurring errors produced by the Core game or other mods, resets sims and objects as well as performing nightly clean up when playing. The functions can be viewed here: http://nraas.wikispaces.com/ErrorTrap and http://nraas.wikispaces.com/Overwatch

Kurees SaveCleaner is awesome at cleaning up game save files: http://www.den.simlogical.com/denfo...hp?topic=1532.0

Bypassing the Launcher all together helps ... use the .exe file to load the game found in C>ProgramFiles(86) Electronic Arts or if installed vis Origin in the Origin Games Folder.

Kuree's EasyCASP Editor is a great tool to hide CAS items you don't want to load. It's very easy to use. http://www.den.simlogical.com/denfo...hp?topic=1589.0

If you do not have the Featured Items Folder disabled, make sure to clean those thumbnails out often. Same should be done for the .temp files in DCCache

MC among other game saving functions allows for lot resets to fix broken objects and Object reset for individual objects. It also allows for an entire town reset which fixes stuck sims, broken objects, etc.

DebugEnabler - allows you to use it on almost anything in your world for adding manual debugging interactions for error correction.

The worlds fixed by Ellacharmed that I have used are wonderful.

There are several mods over at NRass that allow for Town Management allowing you to control the town population, immigration/emigration and roles. For those who find Story Progression intimidating Register has several useful options that will help: http://nraas.wikispaces.com/Register+Interactions

The NRaas Traffic Mod provides a way to cut down on unnecessary vehicles popuplating and running all over your town.

Adding:
If you have a lot of saved games..try saving them to an external HD or stick. Same thing for Downloads you've installed. You can always put them back in later.
Clearing out the DCBackup folder also helps a lot.
Cleaning out the .dbc and .ebc files in DCCache also reduces load time and frees up space on a HD.
Scholar
#5 Old 13th May 2014 at 3:16 AM Last edited by ChinchillaJesus : 13th May 2014 at 4:20 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by barbarat
Here are a few considerations for the list if they are not already on there:

Using NRaas Error Trap and Overwatch provide a lot of game clean up: Error Trap does save game clean up and reports any game errors and Overwatch makes corrections of persistent or recurring errors produced by the Core game or other mods, resets sims and objects as well as performing nightly clean up when playing. The functions can be viewed here: http://nraas.wikispaces.com/ErrorTrap and http://nraas.wikispaces.com/Overwatch

Kurees SaveCleaner is awesome at cleaning up game save files: http://www.den.simlogical.com/denfo...hp?topic=1532.0

Bypassing the Launcher all together helps ... use the .exe file to load the game found in C>ProgramFiles(86) Electronic Arts or if installed vis Origin in the Origin Games Folder.

Kuree's EasyCASP Editor is a great tool to hide CAS items you don't want to load. It's very easy to use. http://www.den.simlogical.com/denfo...hp?topic=1589.0

If you do not have the Featured Items Folder disabled, make sure to clean those thumbnails out often. Same should be done for the .temp files in DCCache

MC among other game saving functions allows for lot resets to fix broken objects and Object reset for individual objects. It also allows for an entire town reset which fixes stuck sims, broken objects, etc.

DebugEnabler - allows you to use it on almost anything in your world for adding manual debugging interactions for error correction.

The worlds fixed by Ellacharmed that I have used are wonderful.

There are several mods over at NRass that allow for Town Management allowing you to control the town population, immigration/emigration and roles. For those who find Story Progression intimidating Register has several useful options that will help: http://nraas.wikispaces.com/Register+Interactions

The NRaas Traffic Mod provides a way to cut down on unnecessary vehicles popuplating and running all over your town.

Thanx, I already have Overwatch and Master Controller. I just got Error Trap and Save Cleaner I cleaned my main save along with it's back-up.
I just played it for a bit, my game is running a lot better thank you.
Mad Poster
#6 Old 13th May 2014 at 4:46 AM
Turning off memories helps too. Or if you want memories use the mod from this site to only allow sims to have the memories you feel are important.

It's also advisable to think about population. Every sim who lives in the hood takes resources. It might be a good idea to use MC and evict some households. The households will go and live in the townie pool.

Doing a save as instead of using the same save helps too, at least in keeping the save healthier.

Horses are bad in routing. If your town really doesn't need stray horses disable them via twallan's register.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#7 Old 13th May 2014 at 4:30 PM
Oh yeah, forgot about those stupid memories, that's definitely going in. lol, Nraas mods might get their own page
Theorist
#8 Old 13th May 2014 at 8:03 PM
> Using an FPS limiter
> Giving the game high priority in Windows Task Manager, or using an app like Game Booster
> Compressing package files, whether merged or not

#BlairWitchPetition
TS3 NEEDS: TENNIS COURTS > BUSES > PIGS/SHEEP
Can't find stuff in build and buy mode? http://www.nexusmods.com/thesims3/mods/1/?
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#9 Old 16th May 2014 at 1:50 PM Last edited by mikey : 16th May 2014 at 2:04 PM.
Great Input so far, a Modified list to include on the Guide is below:

  • Your system (Specs, Requirements, Upgrading, Updating Drivers, etc)
  • Using Dashboard and Custard to check package files and sims3packs before installing
  • Compressing and/or Merging Package files
  • Bypass the Launcher
  • Don't use Online options in game
  • Reduce In Game Options and Settings
  • Reduce CC load (only use those sims3packs and package files you really need)
  • Reduce the number of programs running on your computer while you play
  • disconnecting from the internet
  • Razer Game Booster (helps reduce system load and free up memory while you play)
  • using subfolders for Downloads, Exports, Screenshots etc to keep the launcher from seeing and listing them (reduces lag in launcher)
  • using the CC tabs under Installed Content in launcher (Sims, Lots, Objects, Patterns) to help reduce the amount launcher loads (can only load 500 items at a time)
  • Kurees SaveCleaner (help keep save files from becoming large and unusable)
  • Using MasterController settings to limit CAS items to one preset each (to reduce CAS loading)
  • World Fixes by Ellacharmd to help fix routing issues in various worlds
  • Using mods to "hide" items or presets in CAS or Build/Buy mode
  • Turn off Memories
  • NRaas Error Trap, Overwatch, and DebugEnabler (help solve in game issues)
  • Control and/or limit Town Populations (Story Progression, Register, etc)
  • Control Traffic (vehicles in world)
  • Use Any Game Starter or Sim Game Selector (allows playing selected games without uninstalling any)

Have more suggestions? A tip you use not here? The more we gather, the more it will benefit everyone in playing the game.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 16th May 2014 at 2:04 PM
Playing naked seems to make the game run more smoothly.
Top Secret Researcher
#11 Old 16th May 2014 at 2:41 PM
However, playing naked with a friend may cause some 'lag'.

TS2 and TS3: Where adult sims potty train their toddlers.
TS4: Where adult sims make Angry Poops.

Which game is made for the juvenile minded?
Department of Post-Mortem Communications
#12 Old 16th May 2014 at 3:02 PM
Having less files in SavedSims and Library also seems to help for the game loading, not only the Launcher. ProcessMonitor shows that the game accesses these folders within the first minutes quite often and since then I have kept these folders' sizes to a minimum as well as the amount of folders in Saves. I am under the impression that this has helped quite a lot.

Another thing that seems to help a lot of people is to delete the downloadedsims.index file in Saved Sims regularly. It's accessed thousands of times on loadup and can allegedly crash or stall the game for some.

Also set the FeaturedItems folder to Read Only in Properties.

Using nonamena's No Limos mods helps to speed up Overwatch's nightly clean-up. http://www.den.simlogical.com/denfo...12&topic=1581.0

Giving every inactive Sim their own car also helps a tiny bit. Either make them active and then purchase one for each member, or gift them with your active Sim or if you use NRaas Story Progression set it to allow inactives to purchase cars.

Clean out saved styles and custom presets regularly to speed up CAS and CASt.

Show in Compact Form of MasterController CAS can render CAS a bit unstable, btw, and cause it to hang occasionally.

And this is from my old days of playing with a Macbook: using the full resource.cfg from the framework.zip provided here made my game considerably slower and it became faster when I had modifed this file manually, removed all the Override, Probation etc. sections and reduced the amount of subfolders allowed.

My game also plays better when I do NOT play in windowed mode, contrary to the experience of others. I fare better with full screen.

Force VerticalSync in the graphics card settings for the TS3W.exe.

In-game try to use less Build Mode plants. I am making this experience currently again when my game starts to lag as soon as my Sim comes near an area of the town where lots use shrubs and trees instead of fences.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#13 Old 23rd May 2014 at 1:50 PM
Here is the current list, work on organizing and adding info to the guide will begin shortly. If you see or know of something not listed here, please post and add your ideas/suggestions to the thread
  • Your system (Specs, Requirements, Upgrading, Updating Drivers, etc)
  • Clean your computer of dust regularly (even a small amount of dust can cause your system to overheat)
  • Using Dashboard and Custard to check package files and sims3packs before installing
  • Compressing and/or Merging Package files
  • Bypass the Launcher
  • Don't use Online options in game
  • Reduce In Game Options and Settings
  • Reduce CC load (only use those sims3packs and package files you really need)
  • Reduce the number of programs running on your computer while you play
  • disconnecting from the internet
  • Razer Game Booster (helps reduce system load and free up memory while you play)
  • Reduce the amount of sims in SavedSims and lots/households in the Library folder
  • using subfolders for Downloads, Exports, Screenshots etc to keep the launcher from seeing and listing them (reduces lag in launcher)
  • using the CC tabs under Installed Content in launcher (Sims, Lots, Objects, Patterns) to help reduce the amount launcher loads (can only load 500 items at a time)
  • Kurees SaveCleaner (help keep save files from becoming large and unusable)
  • Using MasterController settings to limit CAS items to one preset each (to reduce CAS loading)
  • World Fixes by Ellacharmd to help fix routing issues in various worlds
  • Using mods to "hide" items or presets in CAS or Build/Buy mode
  • Turn off Memories
  • Disable the FeaturedItems folder
  • NRaas Error Trap, Overwatch, and DebugEnabler (help solve in game issues)
  • Control and/or limit Town Populations (Story Progression, Register, etc)
  • Control Traffic (vehicles in world)
  • Use Any Game Starter or Sim Game Selector (allows playing selected games without uninstalling any)
  • Clean out saved styles and custom presets regularly to speed up CAS and CASt.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 23rd May 2014 at 2:40 PM
Did anyone mention turning off explorer.exe? That can help. To turn it back on after you stop playing Sims 3:
1. Ctrl+Alt+Delete
2. New Task...
3. Type in "explorer.exe" and hit enter

That's, like, 40mb of RAM right there. You're welcome.
Alchemist
#15 Old 23rd May 2014 at 3:14 PM
How about configuring the DynamicAvoidance option from the game option file? It may help with the game routing, I believe.

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Test Subject
#16 Old 31st Mar 2021 at 4:39 PM
And don't forget about hyper threading. Hyper threading will improve game performance for sure!
If your CPU supports hyper threading, make sure its turned on (check in UEFI/BIOS settings). Then go to GraphicRules.sgr and change that:

if ($cpuCount >= 12)
seti threadLevel $threadLevelHigh
elseif ($hyperthreading = 1)

Make sure that hyperthreading = 1
Thread are double the CPU cores, so change them. My settings are shown above.
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