I3wm Low FPS in Games

Hey all, when I launch games like CS:GO and TF2 I get extremely low FPS. It’s behaving as if the game thinks itself is unfocused? Is there anyway to fix this? Anyone experience the same thing? Google hasn’t helped me really. I also have tried disabling my compositor.

i3 version: i3 version 4.19 (2020-11-15) © 2009 Michael Stapelberg and contributors
i3 config: https://pastebin.com/UysMtBGc

Thanks in advance.

How can you tell the low fps are caused by the window manager?

Because I installed gnome to test and the game ran fine. Where as with i3 it doesn’t.

Return inxi -Fxxxza --no-host from a terminal and copy paste the information here. Please format it by highlighting and then clicking the </> button,

Depending on your GPU and graphics setup GNOME could be possibly run on Wayland where i3 runs on Xorg Session.
On i3 you can also set the way windows are handled per application, it could help to start Games inside floating windows, as this will be the normal way they startup inside a DE…

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System:    Kernel: 5.10.3-arch1-1 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
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Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 [GeForce RTX 2060 Rev. A] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nvidia v: 455.45.01 
           alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 0a:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1f08 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 compositor: picom v: git-dac85 driver: modesetting FAILED: nvidia display ID: :0 
           screens: 1 
           Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x1080 s-dpi: 69 s-size: 1414x392mm (55.7x15.4") s-diag: 1467mm (57.8") 
           Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 70 size: 698x393mm (27.5x15.5") diag: 801mm (31.5") 
           Monitor-2: DP-2 res: 1920x1080 hz: 165 dpi: 70 size: 698x393mm (27.5x15.5") diag: 801mm (31.5") 
           Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing. 
Audio:     Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio vendor: eVga.com. driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 0a:00.1 
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On steam I’ve forced a windowed mode on start of the application. Using the -windowed option returns a floating window on start. It still has low FPS.

Nvidia and Picom needs some config to work nicely too …
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Picom#Screentearing_with_NVIDIA’s_proprietary_drivers

Also make sure FullCompositionPipeline is enabled for all Displays
I do currently also recommend to not use dkms driver version packages, an to force early boot load for nvidia modules:

I’ve followed the optional enhancements and troubleshooting and the Arch linux wiki page but no luck. Also I’m not using the dkms driver. (also rebooted)

Which iso did you use? Have you checked in arandr to make sure the screens are configured properly?

I did check arandr and nothing seems out of the ordinary everything looks fine. I used the latest release torrent to install, I also checked the integrity of it and it passed.

Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 [GeForce RTX 2060 Rev. A] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nvidia v: 455.45.01
alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 0a:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1f08
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 compositor: picom v: git-dac85 driver: modesetting FAILED: nvidia display ID: :0
screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x1080 s-dpi: 69 s-size: 1414x392mm (55.7x15.4") s-diag: 1467mm (57.8")
Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 70 size: 698x393mm (27.5x15.5") diag: 801mm (31.5")
Monitor-2: DP-2 res: 1920x1080 hz: 165 dpi: 70 size: 698x393mm (27.5x15.5") diag: 801mm (31.5")
Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing.

You should install mesa-demos and then again post the output of inxi -G

Here you go. (thank you everyone for trying to help)

Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 [GeForce RTX 2060 Rev. A] driver: nvidia v: 455.45.01 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 driver: modesetting FAILED: nvidia resolution: 1: 1920x1080~60Hz 
           2: 1920x1080~165Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 11.0.0 256 bits) v: 4.5 Mesa 20.3.2 

I should also mention the games that I am trying to run are using OpenGL.

Your Nvidia driver is obviously not installed correctly.
What’s the output of yay -Qs nvidia

I don’t know how I could’ve messed up the install. I just used sudo pacman -S nvidia
Any idea how to fix this? I wonder why Gnome performed well as it did if the driver was not installed correctly…

Output of yay -Qs nvidia:

local/egl-wayland 1.1.6-1
    EGLStream-based Wayland external platform
local/lib32-nvidia-utils 455.45.01-1
    NVIDIA drivers utilities (32-bit)
local/libvdpau 1.4-1
    Nvidia VDPAU library
local/libxnvctrl 455.45.01-1
    NVIDIA NV-CONTROL X extension
local/nvidia 455.45.01-10
    NVIDIA drivers for linux
local/nvidia-installer-db 2.4.11-1
    Database for the script to setup nvidia drivers in EndeavourOS
local/nvidia-installer-dkms 3.3.8-2
    Script to setup nvidia drivers (dkms version) in EndeavourOS
local/nvidia-settings 455.45.01-1
    Tool for configuring the NVIDIA graphics driver
local/nvidia-utils 455.45.01-1
    NVIDIA drivers utilities

this looks like you do not have nvidia in mkinitcpio.conf modules line and no nvidia-drm.modeset=1 in grub kernel line

@joekamprad
Wouldn*t it be preferable to install nvidia-dkms instead of nvidia?
This would update the system automatically every time there is an update for the driver.

I made a mistake when editing the grub kernel parameters.
The issue is now fixed! Thank you all for your help.

Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 [GeForce RTX 2060 Rev. A] driver: nvidia v: 455.45.01 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 driver: nvidia resolution: 1: 1920x1080~60Hz 2: 1920x1080~165Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce RTX 2060/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 455.45.01 
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