Battlefield 2042 FPS Drops and Stuttering – How to fix

BF 2042 fps drops stuttering – This Performance or Optimization Guide will show you how to fix technical problems like fps drops and stuttering in Battlefield 2042 PC.

Battlefield 2042 FPS Drops and Stuttering – How to fix

Battlefield 2042 is finally here. And is now available for everyone to try. But the game is not performing that well. There are already a ton of negative reviews for the game on Steam. Which is only increasing with every minute. It is obvious that Battlefield 2042 is an AAA title, and most of the AAA titles released this year have not been free from problems. The majority had horrible performance issues during launch. People were complaining that they were experiencing fps drops and stuttering. Well, BF 2042 is no different. In the PC version of of the game, players are facing issues like fps drops and stuttering. This guide consists of a list of the errors and how to fix them.

Before you move further into the guide, make sure you take a look at the minimum and recommended requirements of Battlefield 2042.
BF 2042 System Requirements

Also download the drivers optimized for Battlefield 2042. Nvidia users can download the latest Game Ready v496.76 from here or via GeForce Experience. AMD users can download the latest Adrenalin 21.11.3 Optional driver from here.

Note: The latest v496.76 driver has actually reduced the performance of some Nvidia users. In that case, download v496.13.


Lag and FPS Drops fix

Tweak in-game settings

You can actually fix the fps drops simply by tweaking some settings in the game.

  • Fullscreen Mode: Fullscreen
  • Fullscreen Device: Pick the correct one
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Refresh Rate: 143.855Hz
  • Field of View: 80

Check out the full settings guide…

Nvidia Control Panel for Battlefield 2042

First, go to your Nvidia Control Panel. Click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘ located on the left side under 3D settings. Select ‘Use my preference emphasizing‘, and set it to ‘Performance‘. Now try playing BF 2042 again, and see if you are getting fps drops or not. If the game ends up running smoothly for you, then you do not need to do anything else.

If New World is still stuttering for, then you need to configure your Nvidia Control Panel Settings manually. Here is what you need to do. Open Nvidia Control Panel, and click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘, followed by ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings‘. Click on ‘Take me there’ and you should land on the ‘Manage 3D settings’ menu. Select the on the Program Settings tab, and locate Battlefield 2042 or bf2042.exe from the drop-down menu under “Select a program to customize”. If you couldn’t find Battlefield 2042 on the list, just click on the Add button and pick it from the list, or browse and pick the bf2042.exe file directly from the installation folder.

Once you have successfully added the game, you will then see the program settings become available for the game. Now tweak the following settings:

  • CUDA – GPUs: Select your dedicated GPU
  • OpenGL rendering GPU: Select your dedicated GPU
  • Power Management Mode: Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Texture filtering – Quality: High Performance (Change it to Performance, if the textures start appearing blurry)
  • Threaded Optimization: On
  • Vertical sync: Off

AMD Control Panel settings for BF 2042

Right-click on your desktop and click on AMD Radeon Software. Click on the Gaming tab and click on Global Graphics. Set your Graphics Profile to “eSport”. Now tweak the following settings:

  • Radeon Anti-Lag : Disabled
  • Radeon Chill : Disabled
  • Boost : Disabled
  • Image Sharpening : Disabled
  • Enhanced Sync : Disabled
  • Vertical Refresh : Always Off

Now click on Advanced. Tweak the following settings:

  • Anti-Aliasing : Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method : Multi-sampling
  • Morphological Anti-Aliasing : Disabled
  • Anisotropic Filtering : Disabled
  • Texture Filtering Quality : Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization : Enabled
  • Tessellation Mode : Override application settings
  • Maximum Tessellation Level : Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering : Disabled
  • GPU Workload : Graphics

Now reset the Shader Cache by hitting Performance Reset at the bottom of the list.

Tweaks to the BF 2042 config file

You can make some changes to the configuration file of BF 2042, and squeeze out some extra performance. It is not guaranteed, but a lot of users have benefitted from it. This has been recommended by Steam user /Zoidberg:

I’ve discovered that changing ”GstRender.ShadowQuality 1” to ”GstRender.ShadowQuality 0” in your config file drastically improves fps for PC. The document is located in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Battlefield 2042\settings\PROFSAVE_profile (make sure to make a copy incase you want to revert to old settings)

Also changing ”GstRender.Dx12Enabled 0” to ”GstRender.Dx12Enabled 1”, and “-GstRender.WeaponDOF 1 to GstRender.WeaponDOF 0” can also help you get better framerates.

This gave me about an extra 40fps, which makes things much more smoother especially in combat scenarios.

Found this after some digging and thought to share it here so you guys could enjoy it aswell.

Battlefield 2042 config file edit


Stuttering fix

Battlefield 2042 is stuttering for some users. Here are the things you can do to fix it.

Overlays

Disable every single overlay that you have on right now. Overlays from applications like Discord, Nvidia GeForce Experience, Steam, etc., are known to cause issues in games. So disable all of them.

Terminate demanding applications running in the background

If you have heavy applications running in the background, then there is a chance that the lag you are getting in BF 2042 is being caused due to some applications eating up a lot of resources. Just open your Task Manager, select the Processes tab and click on CPU. Make sure the arrow beside it is facing downwards. Doing this will pull the resource hungry applications on top. Look for the processes that you do not need, yet they are consuming a hefty chunk of the CPU. Right click on them and click on “End Task”.

Windows 10 Gaming features

Microsoft has been adding a lot of “Gaming” utilities recently in Windows 10 that keep running in the background, hogging a ton of resources, without users having any idea about it.

Like Background Recording. Turn it off by heading over to the “Gaming” settings located inside the Windows Settings menu. There you should find something called “Captures” on the left. Click on it and disable the Background Recording feature inside it.

The Xbox Game Bar is another feature you need to disable. Go to Windows Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar. Turn it off.

And finally the Game Mode feature, it is a complete hit or miss. In some games, this features helps, while it causes performance issues in some. So it is better to turn it off. Here is how to disable game mode. Open Windows 10 Settings menu > Click on Gaming > Select Game Mode from the left sidebar > Turn it off > Restart your game launcher.

Update – 11/25/2021

A brand-new update has just dropped in Battlefield 2042. It is the second part of the original Launch Update, and the devs have shipped a ton of fixes with this patch. You can check out the update patch notes from here. Also, since I haven’t really tried the game after the update yet. So, if you could share your experience in the comment section below. It would give me a good idea. Thank You.


That is going to be all for the topic of fixing Lag, FPS Drops and Stuttering issues in Battlefield 2042. If you want, you can actually check out my performance video of Battlefield 2042. The game is running on a RTX 3060 Ti paired with a Ryzen 5 5600x:


If you think that this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, try checking out our other guides on Battlefield 2042. Who knows, you might end up finding a something you have been looking for.


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