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How to Lower Ping in Rust and Reduce Lag Spikes

  • Posted 06/06/2023

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Rust is an online multiplayer game where players can create, explore and survive in a vast open-world environment. However, like any online game, Rust can suffer from lag issues, causing lag spikes and frame rate drops, affecting your gaming experience significantly. If you’re experiencing high ping or network lag while playing Rust, don’t worry; there are several ways to improve your performance and fix your high ping.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fix lag spikes and high ping in Rust and improve your game performance:



Step 1: Check Your Internet Connection

The first step in fixing lag spikes in Rust is to check your internet connection. Slow or unstable internet can cause lag and high ping issues. You can run an internet speed test to ensure stable and reliable internet. If you have a poor internet connection, consider upgrading your internet

 bandwidth or switching to another internet service provider to have a good internet connection and avoid high pings and packet loss.



Step 2: Verify Rust Game Files

If your game is lagging, it’s possible that you have some corrupted game files. To fix this, you can verify the integrity of your game files by following these steps:

1. Open the Steam client and go to your game library;

2. Right-Click Rust and select “Properties”;

3. Click on the Local Files tab and select Verify Integrity of Game Files;

4. Wait for the process to complete, and Steam will replace any corrupted or missing files.



Step 3: Close Unnecessary Programs and Processes

Running unnecessary programs and processes in the background can consume your system resources and bandwidth and make you experience a lag in Rust. Therefore, it’s essential to close all unnecessary programs, background downloads, and processes before playing games to avoid anything that will make your game lag. 

Close any internet browser tabs, streaming services, and other software that might use your internet connection. You can also use the Task manager (windows) or Activity Monitor (Mac) to close any unwanted applications.



Step 4: Check if Your Computer Meets the Game’s Minimum System Requirements

It’s very important to know if your computer meets the recommended system requirements or at least the minimum requirements to run Rust without any lag. 

Rust minimum requirements:

Memory: 8 GB

Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 280

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770

File Size: 20 GB

Operating system OS: Windows 7 64 bit

Rust recommended specs:

Memory: 16 GB

Graphics Card: GTX 980 - AMD R9 Fury

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600

File Size: 20 GB (SSD recommended)

Operating system OS: Windows 10 64bit

Using at least the minimum requirements will drastically reduce the frame rate drops and fix lag, but remember that you can still get network lag depending on your internet. You can also mix between the minimum and recommended requirements like using an intel core i7 3770 CPU while using a GTX 980 GPU with 12 GB ram.



Step 5: Update Graphics Driver

Outdated graphics drivers can make your game laggy, so updating it can help improve your performance and reduce any lagging issues. You can update your graphics driver to the latest version by following these steps:

1. Open the control panel and type “Device Manager” in the search bar;

2. Click on Display Adapters and right-click on your graphics card;

3. Select Update Drivers and follow the on-screen instructions;



Step 6: Adjust your Graphical Settings

Adjusting your settings can also help improve your game’s performance and reduce any latency and stuttering. Lowering your game’s graphical settings and turning some settings off can help your computer run Rust more smoothly, reducing the chance of frame drops and lag spikes. You can adjust your graphical settings by going to the game settings menu and changing the settings according to your system. Here are recommended settings for low end pcs:

  • Screen Resolution: Select Native

  • Mode: Exclusive

  • VSync: Off

  • Graphical Quality: 4 or below

  • Shadow Quality: 1

  • Shadow Cascades: Four Cascades

  • Max Shadow Lights: 0

  • Water Quality: 1

  • Water Reflections: 0

  • World Reflections: 1

  • Parallax Mapping: 0

  • Grass Displacement: Off

  • Particle Quality: 0

  • Object Quality: 150

  • Tree Quality: 145

  • Max Tree Meshes: 100

  • Terrain Quality: 10

  • Grass Quality: 50

  • Decor Quality: 0

  • Anti-Aliasing: TSSAA

  • Depth of Field: Off

  • Ambient Occlusion: Off

  • High-Quality Bloom: Off

  • Compass Visibility: On



Step 7: Use an Ethernet Cable Instead of a Wi Fi Connection

A wired connection is way more stable and faster than a wireless connection. Therefore, using an Ethernet Cable can help reduce lag and lower ping in Rust. If you can’t use a wired connection, try to position your device closer to your router to get a more stable connection, but it will not be as good as a wired connection. This will improve ping and download speed and prevent packet loss, it's a big difference worth the test.


Step 8: Change Garbage Collection Cycle and Garbage Collection Interval



Garbage Collection is a process that helps free up system resources used by Rust. However, if the garbage collector cycle and interval are set too high, it can cause lag issues. You can adjust the garbage collection interval and cycle in the Rust game files to fix this. Go to the Rust game files and locate the “gc.buffer” and “gc.interval” commands. Set these values to a lower number to reduce latency issues.



Step 9: Use a Different DNS Server

Using a different DNS server can improve your internet speed and lower ping. You can try using DNS servers such as Google DNS or Cloudflare DNS servers. You can change your DNS server in your device’s network settings.
To do that, you have to:

1. Open the start menu and click on the “Settings” gear icon;

2. In the settings menu, click on “Network & Internet”;

3. Under Network & Internet, select “Change adapter options”;

4. Right-click on the network connection you’re using (Ethernet or Wi Fi) and select “Properties”;

5. In the properties windows, scroll down and find “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” or “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” depending on which protocol you are using;

6. Click on the version you want to change and then click on the “Properties” button;

7. In the Properties dialog box, click on “Use the following DNS server addresses”;

8. Enter the IP addresses of the DNS servers you want to use. For example, you can use Google DNS servers by entering “” and “”. Alternatively, you can use Cloudflare DNS servers by entering “” and “”;

9. Click “Ok” to save your changes;

10. To verify that the DNS settings have been changed, open a command prompt and type “ipconfig /all”. Look for the “DNS Servers” entry and verify that it shows the new DNS server addresses you entered.

Those settings will throttle your network performance and reduce your network congestion.



Step 10: Adjust Your Firewall Settings

Sometimes, your Firewall can block Rust traffic, which can cause high ping. To ensure that your Firewall is configured to allow Rust traffic, you should add an exception in your Firewall settings to allow Rust and other online games to connect to the internet without high ping.

You need to:

1. Open the Start menu and type “Firewall” in the search bar;

2. Click on “Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security” 

3. In the left-hand menu, click on “inbound rules”

4. Click on “New Rule” in the right-hand menu

5. In the “New Inbound Rule Wizard”, select “Program” and click “Next” 

6. Select “This program path” and click “Browse”. Navigate to the location where Rust is installed, select the Rust executable file, and click “Open”;

7. Click “Next” and then select “Allow the connection” and click “Next” again;

8. In the next window, leave all checkboxes selected and click “Next”;

9. In the last window, give your new rule a name, and then click “Finish”; 

10. The new rule should now appear in the list of inbound rules. If not, click “Action” and then “Refresh” to update the list.


Step 11: Use NoPing to Reduce Ping and Boost Fps



NoPing is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service designed specifically for gamers. It works by optimizing your internet connection and routing it through a more efficient path to the server, reducing latency and improving performance.


How Does it Work?

When you use NoPing, your internet connection is encrypted and routed through one of their VPN servers located in various locations worldwide. This helps eliminate network congestion and reduces the distance your data travels to the game server, resulting in faster response times and less lag.


How to Use It?

To use NoPing, you first need to download and install the software onto your computer. Once installed, you can select the game you want to optimize from the list of supported games and choose a server location that is closest to the game server you are playing on. NoPing will then optimize your internet connection and route it through the select server location, reducing ping and improving performance.

Overall, NoPing is a powerful tool for gamers who want to improve their online gaming experience. It is easy to use and can significantly lower ping and improve performance, helping to make any game more enjoyable. You will not be experiencing high ping and delay on your multiplayer games.

You can also check our other guide on how to improve your ping.



Experience lag while playing Rust can be incredibly frustrating and can detract from the overall gameplay experience. However, by following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to fix many of the most common issues that cause lag.

With Rust’s growing popularity, optimizing its performance has become increasingly important, and these methods can help you achieve that.

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