What is VAR in CSGO and what can you do with it to minimize game lagging?

Some CS: GO players may have a problem with VAR. However, there are ways to deal with it.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is quite a demanding title due to the conditions that must be met in order to be able to play it freely.

It is not about technical requirements, as these are not difficult to meet, but about a whole lot of other issues, such as an Internet connection or the free memory on the computer. VAR plays an important role as it determines the smoothness of the game. What is it and how can it be tweaked?

What is a VAR and how to fix problems with it?

VAR is an indicator that shows the player’s incompatibility with the server. Its value usually increases when the user has problems with the network connection or the device on which the game is played. How can it be repaired?

Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi

First of all, it’s worth noting that Counter-Strike performs best when internet access is sent over a cable rather than a Wi-Fi connection. Sometimes this is the main cause of the problem, so it is worth trying to connect the Internet via an Ethernet cable at least for a while.

If it is difficult to connect the computer to the Internet via a cable, it is an interesting idea to buy an amplifier, connect it near the computer and thus connect the network via a cable. This method sometimes gives the desired results.

Var with increasing loss% and choke

In a situation where the loss% and choke ratios increase along with the VAR, you can guess that the problem is the link weight. This is a situation where other devices put a heavy load on the network and thus Counter-Strike cannot be played smoothly. This, of course, is due to the fact that all players are connected to the live game at the same time, so their every move must be listed on the server at the same time.

Lowering the value of the net_maxroutable command

By default, the net maxroutable command is set to 1200, but sometimes it is helpful to lower it to 1100 or 900. Do this carefully and revert back to the default setting if things get worse.

Overloaded computer

Sometimes it happens that after years of use, the computer is overloaded, and this is associated with, for example, drops in FPS. It is worth trying to clean it a bit or reinstall the system.

Checking the game files

If you downloaded Counter-Strike: Global Offensive a long time ago, it is very possible that, for example, some game files are out of date. In this case, it is worth checking them.

To do this:

  1. Enter the Steam library.
  2. Right-click on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
  3. Then select “Properties”, “Local files” and click “Check the game files”.
  4. If any of the files is out of date – it will be automatically downloaded.

Reset CS: GO config

The problem could be with a config that was configured the wrong way by the player. It is worth testing the game without using it.

Background programs or viruses

Programs that run in the background can also be a problem while taking away some of your computer’s power. Sometimes it happens that our device has been infected with viruses that can also reduce CS performance.

It is also worth remembering that sometimes too weak equipment is to blame. In such cases, the above steps will not be of much help.