It's true, low FPS sucks. This article will guide you throughout some of our most suggested system tweaks to give your framerate a sweet buff.
Table of Contents
1. Before you start! - System Requirements
2. Thermal Throttling
3. In-game Settings
4. Turn off Game Bar
5. Turn off Game DVR
6. Disable Launcher Compatibility Mode
7. Disable Fullscreen Optimizations
8. Disable vSync (nVidia) / Enhanced Sync (AMD)
9. Other Steps
Before you start! - System Requirements
Before looking into your system for potential issues, make sure that you first look into the basics. Does your hardware meet the system requirements to run the game? Specs lower than the minimum outlined in this article will result in your game feeling choppy - something that can only be addressed with a hardware upgrade. Keep in mind that meeting the minimum system requirements does not guarantee a smooth gameplay in higher settings - for these, see the recommended system requirements instead.
A lot of times, the Technical Support team will come across low FPS cases where the culprit is high GPU temperatures. When troubleshooting your FPS problems, make absolutely sure that your graphics card is running at normal temperatures, and that it's clock speeds are not throttled. To do this, you can use HWMonitor, a free hardware monitoring tool that will show you (among a variety of information) your system's temperature values. If your graphics card temperatures rise above 80° Celsius (176° Fahrenheit) you may experience what is called "thermal throttling", a state where your hardware will throttle it's own speed (and therefore heat production) to remain in a manageable temperature spectrum; in such a case, a cooling upgrade is highly suggested.
Make sure to configure the following settings according to your needs;
- Low-power Option: Off (always recommended)
- Effect Optimization: On (keep in mind some effects will not appear when this option is enabled)
- Character Optimization: On (Slider Value: 25~30)
- Movement Frame optimization: On
Turn off Game Bar
It is highly suggested that you keep the Windows Game Bar disabled. You can easily do so by following these instructions:
- Open Windows Start
- Go to Settings (cogwheel).
- Go to Gaming -> Game bar
- Turn the "Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar" option off.
Turn off Game DVR
You will also want this disabled. You can do so by making simple Registry operations, as follows:
- Open the Registry Editor by pressing your Windows Key + R, and searching for regedit
- Via the tree on the left side of the window, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\System\GameConfigStore
- Change the value of GameDVR_Enabled to 0
- Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\, right click on the folder, and press New -> Key.
- Give the new key (folder) the name: GameDVR
- Right click on the GameDVR folder -> New -> DWORD 32bit. Name it AllowGameDVR and give it a value of 0
- Restart your computer
Disable Launcher Compatibility Mode
Running the Launcher in compatibility mode will severely affect your FPS - make sure that the option on your Launcher is turned off.
- Right click on your Launcher icon.
- Go to Properties -> Compatiblity tab.
- Uncheck the "Run this program in compatibility mode for" option.
Disable Fullscreen Optimizations
Disabling this option may result in a higher framerate.
- Navigate to your game installation directory (right-click on your Launcher icon and press "Open file location").
- Open the bin64 folder.
- Locate and right-click on BlackDesert64.exe
- Go to Properties -> Compatiblity tab.
- Check the "Disable fullscreen optimizations" option.
Disable vSync (nVidia) / Enhanced Sync (AMD)
While vSync/Enhanced Sync will help your system with frame synchronization, disabling these options may give your system a considerable performance boost at the expense of possible artifacting. You will be able to do so by tweaking your nVidia or AMD control panel settings under the name "Vertical Synchronization" or "Wait for Vertical Refresh" respectively.
Some other steps you can try in order to improve FPS and reduce any sort of stuttering are the following:
- If using an HDD, try a disk defragment to optimise your drives and help them run more efficiently.
- If using an SSD, use your vendor's performance/maintenance utility if available.
- Close any storage-heavy or RAM-demanding applications to ease the CPU/GPU usage.
- Ensure there are no corrupted or outdated drivers for your CPU/GPU by using the Display Driver Uninstaller.
- Ensure that your system isn't missing any vital Visual C++ Redistributables by following the steps here.
- Disable any unnecessary background processes.