Currently, PA is in beta. As such, the game is not fully optimized for speed. Here are some techniques for improving your game's framerate. (the old thread hadn't been updated in almost a month, so I decided to create, expand, and maintain a new one) Update your Graphics Cards ATI GPUs (Windows): http://support.amd.com/en-us/download Nvidia GPUs (Windows) http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx Integrated Intel GPUs (Windows): https://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx Lower The Graphics Settings This one is a no brainer. Lowering the graphics settings will improve the framerate without effecting gameplay. Play on Smaller Planets Playing matches on smaller planets improves the framerate. You don't need to go all the way down to a size 300 planet, but playing on a 600 planet will improve your framerate when compared to a size 1,200 planet. Play with Fewer Planets Introducing even a second planet to the system can greatly lower the framerate, especially on older machines, let alone 4 or 5 planets. If you do play on multiple planets, try and make the total planet size less than 600 or so. This helps out a lot for computers with 4GB of RAM. Fewer Players The more players there are in the game, the more units there are, the larger the game is, the more lag there is. Playing 1v1s have significantly better framerate than a 3v3v3. Use the Uber Launcher Rather than Steam For some undiagnosed reason, playing through the Uber Launcher has a better framerate than when playing through Steam. On Steam, turn off the Steam Community Overlay If you play through Steam, turn off the Community Overlay. How to: 1) Click on Steam and click on the "Settings" button. Click on the "In-Game Settings" tab. 2) Uncheck the box next to "Enable Steam Community In-Game" and click OK. 3) Disable the Steam Overlay on specific games only by right-clicking on the game title, click on "Properties" and uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game" in the "General" tab. If your using an nVidia or ATI chipset Go to your Video Card's "Control Center" and in the Advanced 3D settings set these options: Vsync : Always off, Anisotropic filtering : Application Controlled, Anti-Aliasing : Application Controlled, Texture Filtering : Performance, <-- using "High performance" makes game textures "Very Low Quality", I recommend using the "Perfomance" setting Threaded Optimazation : ON (Try both ON and OFF). Set Windows to High Performance Setting Windows' "Power Scheme" to "High Performance" can increase the juice you get out of your computer. To change this, click the battery icon and choose "High Performance." OSX Users – Update to Mavericks The latest version of OS X ("Mavericks") has been released for free. Go update! Get Faster Internet Because PA currently is handled a lot on the server side, a slow internet connection can cause a choppy game. These normally come through pauses in the game, rather than a choppy framerate. Using a wired connection rather than wifi can also help. Still doesn't help? Don't worry. The PA Community is awesome. Head on over to the Beta and Bugs forum and we'll help you out. Just post A copy of your DxDiag.txt. Hope this helps your performance! Enjoy playing Planetary Annihilation!