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Hey all,

So I'm aware of some of the various Packet Prioritization applications which come shipped with a few different mobo's these days (Asus ROG Gamefirst comes to mind as a example), but I'm clueless as to how they actually work in practice. As a somewhat skeptical consumer, I don't buy into a lot of these features simply because, to me as someone who hasn't used them, they sound gimmicky. Recently, I've been looking into them a bit more seriously as a way to prevent/reduce lag spikes while gaming and possibly reduce ping times. I have a few questions then:

1. Do these applications work? Why/Why not? (sorry if this is a brutally broad question)
2. Irrespective of the above, are there options out there for someone like myself who is interested in trying to reduce ping spikes in games but doesn't have any applications currently bundled with their hardware? Freebies would be preferable, but I'm open to making a purchase if something can help me out.

No doubt to answer the above, people probably will want a bit of info from me to help explain my situation. I live on campus at college/university, connected to the internet via a direct ethernet wall socket (no user accounts or authentication required to connect, it's simply "plug and play"). I get sudden ping jumps in gaming environments, and I occasionally play games requiring me to connect to cross-continental servers (pinging around 160ms when not spiked).

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1) Not for anything more then 2~ms , once the traccif leaves your network there is nothing that can be done, theres loads of things like "killer nics" which are ment to make it better but most of the time its because of processor load going down rather than anything esle rolleyes.gif

2) If you are on DSL then you can ask if you are on inerleaving or fastpath, fastpath removes error checking but reduces ping times
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Cool beans! Thanks for the info, ill look into that suggestion for sure
    
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