Warhammer: Vermintide

EAC is a serious resources hog

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I've tested it multiple times and every time I come to the same conclusion: EAC (aka EasyAntiCheat) consumes too much system resources.

Case 1.

  • Run the game normally (with EAC).
  • Minimize the game.
  • Open Task Manager. It takes ~5 seconds to open. There is a visible spike in CPU usage by Windows Explorer.
  • Open Sound/Volume panel. It takes ~5 seconds to open. During all these 5 seconds my mouse cursor is unresponsive. There is a visible spike in CPU usage by Windows Explorer.

Case 1.5 (proving that the source of the problem is EAC, not the game itself)

  • Run the game directly through vermintide2.exe (without EAC).
  • Minimize the game.
  • Open Task Manager. It loads instantly.
  • Open Sound/Volume panel. It loads instantly.

Case 2.

  • Have a simple script running at the background that rotates my desktop wallpaper at 0:00AM.
  • Run the game normally (with EAC).
  • Play.
  • At 0:00AM the game freezes for ~30 seconds. After that there are 2 options: (1) I continue playing if nobody killed me during that period or (2) I got disconnected from the host due to timeout.

Case 3.

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  • Run the game normally (with EAC).
  • Play for 1-2 hours.
  • Open Task Manager.
  • Steam.exe consumes more than 100% of 1 CPU core (showed as ~16% in Task Manager). It won't stop.
  • Try to shut down Steam. Its process is still there and it consumes the same % of CPU. I have to kill the process.

Case 4.

  • Run the game normally (with EAC).
  • Play for 1-2 hours.
  • Try to open Process Explorer.
  • It won't open. Keeps consuming more than 100% of 1 CPU core (showed as ~16% in Task Manager). It won't stop unless I kill the process.

None of that ever happened with Vermintide 1. None of that ever happened with any other game I've played. And I've played a lot. None of the other the games I've played use EAC.

Read:  It's the little things, y'know?

I'm also noticing micro-stutter every 5-30 seconds in the game. No such thing if I run without EAC.


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