Fix: Sniper Elite 4 micro-stutters and stalls on AMD CPUs

Madeleine Dean By: Madeleine Dean
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Sniper Elite 4 is now available on both Windows PC and Xbox One. As expected, this launch has also brought a series of technical issues that sometimes severely limit the gaming experience. The most common issues involve low FPS issues, stuttering and game freezes.

The good news is that Rebellion, Sniper Elite 4’s developer, has published a quick workaround to fix micro-stutters and stalls on one particular CPU category. More specifically, if you’re experiencing Sniper Elite 4 micro-stutters and stalls on AMD CPUs you can now quickly fix this problem.

How to fix Sniper Elite 4 issues on AMD CPUs

Following player feedback, Rebellion have identified an issue with XAudio sound processing when running on AMD CPUs. As a result, if you’re experiencing micro-stutters or stalls, try setting the audio reverb quality to OFF in the launcher (you can find this option at the bottom right corner).

Players confirm that this action eliminates micro-stutters and stalls. Rebellion will permanently fix these issues in a future patch.

What causes this issue?

Now that we know how to fix Sniper Elite 4 micro-stutters and stalls, it’s also useful to understand why these issues occur. The culprit is the CPU, as it doesn’t have enough power to process sound. As the CPU is struggling to process audio, it overheats, causing also micro-stutters.

Here’s how one gamer explains this:

It’s your CPU at least the sound part. There is most likely some latency in your cpu processing sound. You can try overclocking it to see if that helps. My i5 at 4.5 has no issues, but I’m experienced in sound issues caused by cpu overhead.

Unfortunately the way AMD did there ‘8core’ cpus of your line was just really bad. There are a lot of parts in a cpu and AMD’s are bottlenecked pretty hard. Your cpu unfortunately in a lot of ways just has less processing power than an intel 4 core cpu which can affect audio processing giving you the experience you’re having.

So, if you’re experiencing micro-stutters and stalls on AMD CPUs, use the quick workaround listed in this article, and tell us if it worked for you as well.

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