What is frame pacing? It’s two words sure to cause confusion for any gamer out there, but it’s a term that’s thrown around with increasing regularity. To help out we’re going to drill down to the core of what frame pacing is, how frame pacing is measured, and why frame pacing is important to your gaming experience.
Before we nailed down what frame pacing is, it’s important to understand why it's a necessity. Basically, when running a game your graphics card is rendering each frame sequentially to your display. In theory for an image to be smoother, the speed with which your graphics card can render these frames remains equal at all times. When a graphics card is running it often alternates between fast and slow frames, with the GPU simultaneously attempting to send the images to display as quickly as possible. This alters the flow of the frames and can deliver uneven performance and even noticeable stuttering, even when a game appears to be running at a solid 30fps or 60fps. [More]