New to online gaming - what is a good ping?

By detrunks
Jan 31, 2006
  1. Please can somebody tell me what ping time range would offer me a good game without adverse lag?

    thx in advance
  2. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Ping is all realtive to your connection, and the server you are playing on.

    I would consider a ping of less than 50 as good. Less then a hundred, as decent. ANd less then 150 as the end of ok gameplay.

    What game are we talking about here
  3. sjps220

    sjps220 TS Rookie Posts: 106

    yeah it really depends on the game. For example, I play wolfenstein enemy territory a lot and my ping is usually around 20-30. When it increases to 60 or higher, I really notice the differnce and I can tell something is wrong. Before my computer upgrade, my ping was usually around 60-70 and I was used to it so I still played fine. Overall, I'd agree with the general ranges given by ATK.
  4. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    :D Max with ok gamming

    In CS:S I would say you can get at most 220ms

    In battlefield 2 200ms

    In BF2 Special Forces 145ms

    it really depends on the sever(specs connection speed, location)the game you(cpu,gpu hdd,mem,connection speed, location) I play on australian severs from cali in BF2 all the time with a ping of 200 and I still looks as if it were a lan battle.

    :D :D :D


    v12 '09 caddie
  5. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153


    Thanks for your responses - the games are Far Cry, BF2 and FEAR.
    I really didn't appreciate that different games would have differing acceptable ping rates!
    I guess it'll be a case of try it and see!
  6. wirm

    wirm TS Rookie Posts: 64

    Obviously, the lower the ping, the bigger my smile :p

    When I play first person shooters, anything less than 100 is good enough.

    I can be more forgiving for real-time strategy games or RPGs. It's kind of like frame-rates in that regard.
  7. DirkDbo

    DirkDbo TS Rookie

    Lower ping

    I was kicked off BF2 for having a 222 ping on a server. What can I do to lower my ping. I just bought a Dell 400 with dual core technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB). I have broadband connection and don't understand why I'm reciving so much lag when playing online.
  8. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153

    low ping

    I've found ping to be mainly affected by location of host - servers in your own country will normally have lower ping for you. Your BB speed is also affected by how far away you are from an exchange - check your speed with DSL reports (or similar). Also, make sure no-one else is using your connection in your home. If UR wireless, make sure it's secure!
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