Escape From Tarkov – Fix Lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering

It looks like a lot of players, especially the low-medium end hardware users are experiencing some good amount of problems while playing Escape From Tarkov. That is why we decided to come up with a basic lag fix guide that will show you some simple tweaks that you can try in order to fix the performance issues that you are having. Here is how to fix lag, fps drops, crashes and random stutters in Escape From Tarkov.

Escape From Tarkov – Fix Lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering

Step 1 – Check the System Requirements of Escape From Tarkov

For most games I recommend looking at their system requirements first. But I couldn’t do that this time because the official system requirements of Escape From Tarkov is highly inaccurate. Lets take a look at the system requirements of Escape From Tarkov first:


  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 Bit)
  • Processor:dual-core processor 2.4 GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo, i3), 2.6 GHz (AMD Athlon, Phenom II)
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Graphics Card: DX11 compatible graphics card with 1 GB memory
  • Sound: DirectX compatible audio card
  • Network: permanent connection to the Internet
  • Disk space: from 8 GB


  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 Bit)
  • Processor: quad-core processor 3.2 GHz (Intel i5, i7), от 3.6 GHz (AMD FX, Athlon)
  • RAM: from 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: DX11 compatible graphics card with 2 GB or more of memory
  • Sound: DirectX compatible audio card
  • Network: permanent connection to the Internet
  • Disk space: from 8 GB

I did try running this game on a gtx 1050 ti and the performance was not good at all. If you want to check out the settings that I used then you can check this guide out.

Step 2 – Update your graphics drivers

People often tend to ignore driver updates and sit with buggy or un-optimized drivers. Outdated drivers could be the reason behind many performance issues on your system. Therefore it is always recommended that you keep your drivers up-to-date.

Here are the links to the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Step 3 – Best Graphics settings for Escape From Tarkov

Go to Settings > Graphics

Screen mode : Fullscreen

VSync : Off

Texture quality : medium

Shadows quality : low

Object LOD quality : 2

Overall visibility : 400

Shadow visibility : 40

Antialiasing : FXAA

Resampling : 1x off

HBAO : off

SSR : off

Anisotropic filtering : off

Sharpness : 0.7

Lobby FPS limit : 50

Game FPS limit : 120

Z-Blur : off

Chrom. aberrations : off

Noise : On

Grass Shadows : off

Step 4 – Use Nvidia or AMD control panel

For AMD users

Go to AMD Control Center or control panel.

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

For Nvidia users

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:
    Threaded Optimization : On
    Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
    Low Latency Mode : Off
    Texture filtering – Quality : Performance

Step 5 – Update your Windows 10 OS

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

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait for the updates to get installed
  • Restart your PC

Step 6 – Try using the Game Mode on Windows 10

Game mode prevents Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending restart notifications and it also helps your system towards achieving more stable frame rates depending on the specific game and system. Here is how to turn on Game Mode:

  • Press the Start button
  • Click on Settings
  • Select Gaming
  • Now select Game Mode for the side bar
  • Turn Game Mode On

Step 7 – Avoid running the game on an overclocked GPU

If by any chance you are witnessing random crashes and freezes in Escape From Tarkov then chances are it is being caused by an overclocking application or utility running in the background. A lot of games have been suffering from crashes lately due to applications like MSI Afterburner or Zotac firestorm. So just try to run your GPU and CPU at their default clock speeds and you should be good.

If you think this guide had 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 come out with a fix. Good luck!

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on December 29, 2020

1 thought on “Escape From Tarkov – Fix Lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering”

  1. You provided the graphics settings which is helpful however you didn’t provide the hardware specs of the benchmarked computer. What graphics card and processor were you running that it required the settings you gave? Otherwise helpful stuff. Trying to figure out what can be done to help game performance of a friend who is running a GTX 970.

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