update: see post #5 - the lag depends on the time of day
I'm another guy with these lag problems.
Issue: extreme lag spikes/freezes/rubberbanding in virtually all MP matches [SP is 100% perfect]
Can you reproduce this issue 100% of times: No (only 90% of matches, 10% are fine)
Details on how to reproduce the issue: Ok, here we go...
Click multiplayer in main menu.
Search for a game.
90% of times, the multiplayer menu itself will freeze (sound is ok though) for up to 5 seconds, often more than once, in the time before a game is found. It behaves just like it is a networked "game" and that game lags.
90% of games I join, I get semi-regular, seconds long lag spikes (sound keeps going normally, I can move, but the rest of the game is frozen) and then rubberbanding back to an old position. This is just like lag spikes in any online MP game, just much more extreme. The freezes are semi-regular, maybe every 20 seconds (but not predictable), and their length seems to depend on the current match. Sometimes I feel like they are related to big battles I hear in the distance, but they are there from the very start of the match.
All inputs (space to respawn etc) are delayed until the lag spike is over.
The TAB player list shows a ping spike to up to 2000ms (usually something like 500ms, but the freeze itself is much longer) immediately before and during the lag spike (well, since the list freezes too, nothing much to see here after the start of the spike).
When I get killed during these freezes, the killcam shows the enemy shooting me, fixed in place, with the running animation playing.
---> The issue seems to be game/match based: if a match does not lag, it will be perfectly fine. The next match might be fine, or incredibly laggy. And so on. Currently, 90% of games are laggy. <---
I've had an evening of perfect (and fun!) games yesterday, I've had an hour of trying to find a single playable match and failing today.
Region: EU/Germany (usually Belgium or Amsterdam data center, ca. 60ms ping)
ISP: Vodafone Germany
Connection Speed: 1,96 Mbps down, 0,35 Mbps up via speedtest.net
CPU: Intel i5 4690
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB
Memory: 16 GB DDR3 1600
Operating System: latest Windows 10
Things I've tried that don't help:
Changing various graphics settings, especially textures
Changing the data center by clicking on it in the main menu, I've tried various data centers
Rebooting all network hardware, my PC, etc.
Why I don't think the problem is with me:
Windows taskmanager and resource monitor do not show any RAM problems, and the only network activity is by TF2 and (rarely) Origin.
Issue is match based, some games are fine, some immediately preceding or succeeding are unplayable. If a match works, it works. If there's lag, the entire match will be laggy.
I hope you can fix this soon, I really believe it's server related. Maybe a performance issue? Thanks.