Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Dark Alliance – How to fix Lag, FPS Drops and Stuttering

D&D Dark Alliance lag fps drops stuttering – A lot of PC players are facing performance issues like lag, fps drops and stuttering in DnD Dark Alliance. Here are some troubleshooting methods you can try to potentially fix your issues.

How to fix Lag, FPS Drops and Stuttering in D&D Dark Alliance

Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance is finally out across all the major platforms, and it doesn’t look like that the game is doing good. Most of the reviews out so far are pointing towards bad scores. And the players too are review-bombing the game on Steam.

I have purchased the game with my own money, and I have played a bit as well. If you ask me, the game is definitely not that bad. But it is definitely far from being a decent title. D&D Dark Alliance still needs a lot of work. Would I be asking for a refund? Absolutely not! I would be playing the game more and waiting for patches. We do it so you don’t have to.

Apart from the horrible camera movement, D&D Dark Alliance has a lot of other performance issues. There is a reason why, so many people are complaining about issues like lag, fps drops and constant stuttering. I have personally faced fps drops on my system that has a Ryzen 5 5600x and a RTX 3070. So I can only imagine what people with low-end PCs are experiencing.

Anyway, here are some basic steps you can follow to fix some of the issues you are having.

D&D Dark Alliance is demanding title

Before you go ahead and try the fixes below, the first thing you need to check, is your PC capable enough to run Dark Alliance smoothly? Are the specifications of your PC somewhat identical to the system requirements of Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance. Here are the requirements:

# MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS
Processor AMD FX 8320 / Intel Core i5-6600K @ 3.5GHz 3.6GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600 / Intel Core i5-9600K @ 3.7GHz
Memory 8 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
Graphics AMD Radeon R7 360 / NVIDIA GTX 750 ti AMD RX Vega 56 / NVIDIA GTX 1660 ti
Storage 50 GB available space 50 GB available space

If you ask me, I have no idea where these system requirements are coming from. I have played the game on max settings, and it doesn’t at all have like crazy next generation graphics. Here is a screenshot of the game running at max settings at 1920x1080p resolution on my PC:

Don’t know about you, but this looks quite basic to me. This looks nothing like the trailer. Don’t know what I was thinking. Of course, the trailers these days are a bait fest nowadays.

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Dark Alliance – Best Graphics Settings

Tweak the graphics settings to squeeze out some extra performance:

  • Maximum FPS: 120 (Personal preference, won’t affect performance)
  • Vsync: Off
  • Motion Blur Intensity: 10 (Personal preference, won’t affect performance)
  • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Display Mode: Full Screen
  • Texture Quality: High
  • Shadow Quality: Medium
  • Visual Effects Quality: Medium
  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: Medium (Increasing this will make the game look a little blurry)
  • Post Processing Quality: High
  • Foliage Quality: High
  • View Distance Quality: Medium

For some reason, this game doesn’t have ‘Low’ in the settings. Weird but okay I guess.

Heavy background applications and services

There are plenty of applications or Windows services that often tend to eat up a huge chunk of RAM without you knowing anything about it. Windows 10 surely has a lot of them. As a result, people start facing stutters and freezes in almost every game.

So check whether you have useless applications running in the background or not. You can also decide which applications you want to automatically start when you boot your system and prevent the useless ones from starting.

  1. Open Task Manager
  2. Click on the Startup tab
  3. Keep the applications that are important, Enabled
  4. Disable the rest

Windows 10 utilities

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.

The Background Recording feature, for example. 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

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.


I do not have any more methods at the moment. But I am constantly keeping an eye on the Forums, looking for new fixes. If you want, you can check out the D&D Dark Alliance Discussions page on Steam. The posts there will give you a good idea about the situation.

Check out the game running at max settings:


If you think this guide had helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single launch day technical issue of the game. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on June 22, 2021

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