Apex Legends Performance Guide – Fix Stuttering, Lag, Crashing and FPS Drops [Updated 2021]

Apex Legends stuttering lag crashing fps drops – Apex Legends is a Battle Royale shooter title and probably the latest addition to the Battle Royale genre. You will be able to select different characters and control the battlefield. Each character has its own set of powerful abilities which the players can use to their advantage and gain some upper hand on the battlefield.

Players can go solo or can squad up with  up to 2 players which is unlike Fortnite or PubG where one squad has four players. The battlefield appears to be very futuristic and nothing seems to appear out of the place. And the best part is, Apex Legends is completely free-to-play. You can download Apex Legends completely free from here.

Even though Apex Legends appears to be pretty optimized and smooth at start, but it can get pretty demanding at certain instances. Players have been reporting that they are facing quite a bit of performance issues in the game, especially during firefights. The listed requirements on the Origin website are not accurate, as this title appears to be quite demanding. Since Season 10 is here, I decided to revisit this article, and update a few stuff.

Apex Legends Performance Guide – Fix Stuttering, Lag, Crashing and FPS Drops

Make sure your system has the below-mentioned system requirements

[Note: The official system requirements are highly inaccurate, and Apex Legends require much better hardware than that]

OS 64-bit Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7
Processor (AMD) AMD FX 4350 or Equivalent Ryzen 5 CPU or Equivalent
Processor (Intel) Intel Core i3 6300 or Equivalent Intel Core i5 3570K or Equivalent
Memory 6 GB – DDR3 @1333 RAM 8 GB – DDR3 @1333 RAM
Graphics card (AMD) AMD Radeon™ HD 7730 AMD Radeon™ R9 290
Graphics card (NVIDIA) NVIDIA GeForce® GT 640 NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
DirectX 11 Compatible video card or equivalent 11 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection Broadband Connection
Hard-drive space 56 GB 56 GB

I personally feel that the official system requirements are highly inaccurate, though. Here are the actual system requirements for Apex Legends:

[Note : These system requirements are recommended specifically by Frondtech as these have been tested thoroughly]

Minimum: [1080p, 80 fps, lowest settings]

  • OS: WINDOWS 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 8100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050ti or AMD Radeon RX 470 with 2 GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Recommended: [1080p, 144 fps, medium-high settings]

  • OS: WINDOWS 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700 or AMD Ryzen 5 2700x or better
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon RX 580 with 6 GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Apex Legends – Best Graphics Settings [Updated 2021]

Go to Settings > Video

  • Field of View : 90
  • Sprint View Shake : Minimal
  • V-Sync : Disable
  • Adaptive Resolution FPS Target : 0
  • Adaptive Supersampling : Disabled
  • Anti-aliasing :  TAA
  • Texture Streaming Budget : Very Low (2 VRAM)
  • Texture Filtering : Bilinear
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality : Disabled
  • Sun Shadow Coverage : Low
  • Sun Shadow Detail : Low
  • Spot Shadow Detail : Disabled
  • Volumetric Lighting : Disabled
  • Dynamic Spot Shadows : Disabled
  • Model Detail : Low
  • Effects Detail : Low
  • Impact Marks : Disabled
  • Ragdolls : Low

Apex Legends - Best graphics settings 2021 - Legacy Update

Here are the full specifications of the rig we tested the game on:

  • CPU : Intel i3 8100
  • GPU : MSI GTX 1050 ti 4 GB
  • RAM : 16 GB DDR4 2666mhz
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080

Tweaking Nvidia Control Panel

The first thing you should do is click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘ located on the left side under 3D settings and make sure that ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings‘ is selected. Now:

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • Click on Manage 3D settings on the left bar
  • Click on Global Settings
  • Now tweak the following settings:
    Image Sharpening : Off
    Threaded Optimization : On
    Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
    Low Latency Mode : Off
    Texture filtering – Quality : Performance

AMD Adrenalin 2021 Settings

Click on Global Graphics.

  • Radeon Anti-Lag : Disabled
  • Radeon Boost : Disabled
  • Image Sharpening : Off
  • Anti-Aliasing Mode : Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method : Multi-sampling
  • Morphological Filtering : Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering : Disabled
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
  • Tesselation Mode: AMD Optimized
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Radeon Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

Update your Graphics Drivers

This should be pretty obvious. I don’t see a reason for not installing the latest graphics or video drivers that have been already released by AMD and Nvidia. Graphics drivers are something that you should keep updated all the time. So go ahead and update the drivers if you haven’t done it yet. Here are the links:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Clear temporary files on your system

Yes, we know this is an obvious thing. But it still works, and you will be surprised to know how many Windows users never touch their Temp folders. PCs end up gathering a lot of temporary files overtime. These files are completely useless, and they only clog the system drive. Here is how to remove them:

  • Press “Windows key + R” on your keyboard
  • Type “%temp%” and press enter
  • Now the temp folder will open for you
  • Select every single file
  • And press Shift+Delete

Try Repairing the game

Here is how to repair the game using Origin. Doing this will verify the in-game files and the launcher will download any sort of missing files.

  • Open Origin
  • Go to My Game Library
  • Select Apex Legends
  • Click on the Settings icon
  • Select Repair

Try Increasing the priority of the game from the Windows Task Manager

  • Start Apex Legends
  • Press Alt+Tab to minimize the game
  • Open Task Manager
  • Click on Details tab
  • Search for the process r5apex.exe from the list.
  • Right-click on the process and Set Priority to High

Update Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10 there is a huge chance that you are using an outdated version. Microsoft releases updates for Windows 10 every now and then. So the version or build of Windows 10 you are currently sitting on might not be an optimized one. Or you might be using a buggy update of Windows 10 that is harming the performance of your system.

Microsoft is now known for releasing buggy updates, and the problem has only gotten bigger on Windows 10. So check whether you have pending Windows updates or not and update your OS. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to you Windows Settings
  • Click on Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait until all the updates are installed
  • Restart your PC

Update – 04/05/2021

A fix was posted recently by a user on the EA forums and a lot of users have confirmed that this method is working for them. Here is the fix that user Zeelmaekers has posted:

I have seen people fix this issue by deleting EAC in the Apex Legends folders.

Open your File explorer and locate to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Apex
And delete the following files:

  • EasyAntiCheat
  • EasyAntiCheat_launcher.exe
  • EasyAntiCheat_x64.dll

Then locate to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Apex\__Installer\customcomponent 

And delete the following files:

  • EasyAntiCheat

Then restart Origin, go to Game Library, click on Apex Legends.
Then go to settings -> Game Properties and repair the game.

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try to come out with a fix. Good luck!

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