Left 4 Dead: Stuttering Gameplay on AMD Dual Core Systems

I just built a new PC for Left4DEad with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor. I loaded XP Pro SP2 and immediately encountered a severe stuttering problem playing L4D.

L4D was completely unplayable …

So I installed the AMD Dual Core Optimizer and hoped that this would fix the issue – but alas it did not.

The solution that I found was to disable Multicore Rendering in the Video Options as follows:

Let’s hope that there is a permanent fix from Valve soon!