Animation Slowdown

Hello there!

I’m encountering an issue where ALL animations in the OS “slowdown” the whole computer.

Whenever I receive a notification while I’m gaming or watching a video, the whole computer will “freeze” for a quarter of a second, kinda like a CD skip.

Other animations, like dragging the window and hitting it on top of the screen so it maximizes is noticeably slower than when I first installed the OS.

This issue is not present on Windows, nor do I believe it to be a hardware issue.

I’m currently using the video-nvidia-dkms driver for an RTX 2060 Super.

I’m looking for any hints or tricks to solve this issue without disabling animations. I do enjoy them quite a lot, it used to make the OS feel much more snappy. If there are no other solutions, sure, I’ll disable them untill I can format the whole OS, but I’d like to avoid all of that.

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

Kernel: 6.7.5-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
clocksource: tsc avail: hpet,acpi_pm
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=b652edd7-a598-45e7-bbe6-99791107dfbd rw rootflags=subvol=@
quiet loglevel=3 ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.10 tk: Qt v: 5.15.12 info: frameworks
v: 5.115.0 wm: kwin_x11 with: docker vt: 2 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda
base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop Mobo: Gigabyte model: B550M AORUS ELITE
serial: <superuser required> uuid: <superuser required> UEFI: American
Megatrends LLC. v: F16a date: 11/03/2022
Info: model: AMD Ryzen 7 5700X bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 3+ gen: 4
level: v3 note: check built: 2022 process: TSMC n6 (7nm) family: 0x19 (25)
model-id: 0x21 (33) stepping: 2 microcode: 0xA20120A
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 8 tpc: 2 threads: 16 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 512 KiB desc: d-8x32 KiB; i-8x32 KiB L2: 4 MiB desc: 8x512 KiB
L3: 32 MiB desc: 1x32 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 2459 high: 4642 min/max: 2200/4662 boost: enabled
scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 2200 2: 2200
3: 2200 4: 2200 5: 2196 6: 2200 7: 2200 8: 4642 9: 3021 10: 2200 11: 2200
12: 2200 13: 2340 14: 2388 15: 2503 16: 2462 bogomips: 108607
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 [GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER] driver: nvidia v: 545.29.06
alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 545.xx+ status: current (as of
2024-02; EOL~2026-12-xx) arch: Turing code: TUxxx process: TSMC 12nm FF
built: 2018-2022 pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: none
off: DVI-D-1,HDMI-A-1 empty: DP-1 bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f06
class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.11 with: Xwayland v: 23.2.4
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: nvidia unloaded: modesetting,nouveau
alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa gpu: nvidia,nvidia-nvswitch display-ID: :0
screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3520x1080 s-dpi: 90 s-size: 993x301mm (39.09x11.85")
s-diag: 1038mm (40.85")
Monitor-1: DVI-D-1 mapped: DVI-D-0 note: disabled pos: left
model: LG (GoldStar) E2060 built: 2012 res: 1600x900 hz: 60 dpi: 92
gamma: 1.2 size: 443x249mm (17.44x9.8") diag: 515mm (20.3") ratio: 16:9
modes: max: 1600x900 min: 640x480
Monitor-2: HDMI-A-1 mapped: HDMI-0 note: disabled pos: primary,right
model: Acer V226HQL serial: <filter> built: 2022 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60
dpi: 102 gamma: 1.2 size: 477x268mm (18.78x10.55") diag: 547mm (21.5")
ratio: 16:9 modes: max: 1920x1080 min: 640x480
API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: nvidia platforms: device: 0 drv: nvidia device: 2
drv: swrast gbm: drv: nvidia surfaceless: drv: nvidia x11: drv: nvidia
inactive: wayland,device-1
API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: nvidia mesa v: 545.29.06
glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
SUPER/PCIe/SSE2 memory: 7.81 GiB
API: Vulkan v: 1.3.276 layers: 8 device: 0 type: discrete-gpu name: NVIDIA
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER driver: nvidia v: 545.29.06 device-ID: 10de:1f06
surfaces: xcb,xlib device: 1 type: cpu name: llvmpipe (LLVM 16.0.6 256
bits) driver: mesa llvmpipe v: 24.0.1-arch1.1 (LLVM 16.0.6)
device-ID: 10005:0000 surfaces: xcb,xlib
Device-1: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 05:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f9
class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: Gigabyte
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 07:00.4 chip-ID: 1022:1487 class-ID: 0403
API: ALSA v: k6.7.5-zen1-1-zen status: kernel-api tools: N/A
Server-1: PipeWire v: 1.0.3 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8211/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Gigabyte driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 port: f000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
IF-ID-1: br-209a26951ddc state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: unknown
mac: <filter>
IF-ID-2: docker0 state: down mac: <filter>
IF-ID-3: veth495fe9a state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full
mac: <filter>
IF-ID-4: veth4afe71f state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full
mac: <filter>
IF-ID-5: veth5b74200 state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full
mac: <filter>
IF-ID-6: veth6f44fb9 state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full
mac: <filter>
Info: services: NetworkManager, smbd, systemd-timesyncd
Device-1: Cambridge Silicon Radio Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode) driver: btusb
v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-8:8
chip-ID: 0a12:0001 class-ID: e001
Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter> bt-v: 5.1
lmp-v: 10 status: discoverable: no pairing: no class-ID: 6c0104
Local Storage: total: 1.78 TiB used: 1.26 TiB (70.9%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital
model: WDS480G2G0C-00AJM0 size: 447.13 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter>
fw-rev: 231800WD temp: 41.9 C scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Kingston model: SA400S37480G
size: 447.13 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: K1B3 scheme: MBR
ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Seagate model: ST1000VM002-1CT162
size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
tech: HDD rpm: 5900 serial: <filter> fw-rev: SC23 scheme: MBR
ID-1: / raw-size: 125.59 GiB size: 125.59 GiB (100.00%)
used: 61.28 GiB (48.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 100 MiB size: 96 MiB (96.00%)
used: 27.4 MiB (28.5%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 125.59 GiB size: 125.59 GiB (100.00%)
used: 61.28 GiB (48.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 125.59 GiB size: 125.59 GiB (100.00%)
used: 61.28 GiB (48.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 125.59 GiB size: 125.59 GiB (100.00%)
used: 61.28 GiB (48.8%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: no
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 31.24 GiB used: 500.2 MiB (1.6%)
priority: 100 comp: zstd avail: lzo,lzo-rle,lz4,lz4hc,842 max-streams: 16
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 61.4 C mobo: 41.0 C gpu: nvidia temp: 52 C
Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 37%
Memory: total: 32 GiB available: 31.24 GiB used: 14.09 GiB (45.1%)
Processes: 494 Power: uptime: 9h 33m states: freeze,mem,disk suspend: deep
avail: s2idle wakeups: 0 hibernate: platform avail: shutdown, reboot,
suspend, test_resume image: 12.45 GiB services: org_kde_powerdevil,
power-profiles-daemon, upowerd Init: systemd v: 255 default: graphical
tool: systemctl
Packages: 1514 pm: pacman pkgs: 1504 libs: 431 tools: octopi,pamac,paru
pm: flatpak pkgs: 10 Compilers: gcc: 13.2.1 Shell: garuda-inxi default: fish
v: 3.7.0 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.33
Garuda (2.6.23-1):
System install date:     2023-11-19
Last full system update: 2024-02-21
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut nvidia-dkms
Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
Failed units:

just found this, again no idea if it matters Nvidia rushes out fix for GPUs that are suffering nasty stuttering in games and web browsers | TechRadar but it’s recent and mentions similar issues (nothing about animations though). what version is the driver?

:man_facepalming: non-free: 545.xx+ so maybe, they say 551.46 has the fix


Sorry my friend, I completely forgot about this post.

Today I updated the OS and all problems went away.
My driver was updated to 550.54.14, and a few other things changed as well.

I do not know what solved the issue but updating it fixed, so I’m happy as is.

Thank you for your help!!

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