Fallout 76 Performance Guide – Fix Lag, Fps Drops and Stuttering

About the game: [courtesy : Wikipedia]

Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the ninth game in the Fallout series and serves as a narrative prequel to the series.

Players may play individually or with a party of up to three players. All the servers for the game will be dedicated, with the player automatically allocated to one of them.

The game will feature an open world four times the size of that of Fallout 4. The game world is called “Appalachia” and is a representation of West Virginia. It features recreations of real locations in the region, including the West Virginia State Capitol, The Greenbrier, Woodburn Circle, New River Gorge Bridge, and Camden Park.The game will also feature numerous new mutated monsters, several of which—such as the Mothman and the Flatwoods monster—were inspired by West Virginian folklore.

The game will include revisions to the Special progression system. Character attributes fall into one of seven categories: strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility and luck. As the player levels up, they will be able to spend skill points to boost their attributes on a scale of one to fifteen.

Players will be able to choose perks, or passive abilities that offer gameplay bonuses. These perks fall into each of the SPECIAL categories and take the form of trading cards. Each card has a value and the player can adopt perks equal to their respective value; for example, if the player has a strength rating of five, then they may equip strength perks worth five points. The player can merge similar cards together to create more powerful—albeit more expensive—perks.

The system is designed to encourage the player to recognise the situation they are in and choose perks that aid them rather than passively selecting them and having them for the duration of the game.

Click here to know more or purchase Fallout 76. Even though the title is pretty optimized, some players are reporting that they are witnessing stuttering here and there at times in the PC version of the game and their experience is getting affected as a whole. Players have been witnessing lag and fps drops as well. Here is how you can fix any sort of lag, stuttering or fps drops in Fallout 76 for PC:

Fallout 76 Performance Guide – Fix Lag, Fps Drops and Stuttering

Make sure your system meets the Minimum System Requirements of the game

Here are the system requirements:

Fallout 76 minimum specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 6600k 3.5 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent
  • Storage: 60GB of free disk space

Fallout 76 recommended specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
  • Memory: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 970 4GB / AMD R9 290X 4GB
  • Storage: 60GB of free disk space

Utilise the Nvidia Control Panel

[Note : Nvidia users only]

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • Click on Manage 3D settings > Program Settings > and locate the Fallout 76.exe from the installation folder.
  • Set Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames to 1
  • Set Monitor Technology to G-Snyc (if available)
  • Enable Threaded Optimization
  • Set Power Management to Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode.
  • Set Texture Filtering to Performance

Update your Drivers

The first thing you should consider doing is update your drivers. Outdated drivers could be the reason of performance loss at times. Here are the links to the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Try Increasing the Priority of the game

  • Start Fallout 76
  • Press Alt+Tab to minimize the game
  • Open Task Manager
  • Click on Details tab
  • Search for the Process or the Executable from the list.
  • Right click on the process and Set Priority to High or Realtime

Tweak in-game settings for optimal performance

  • Set Texture Quality to Medium or Low. Tweaking this setting could be effective for players using who are using graphics cards with comparatively lower VRAM.
  • Set Lighting Quality to Low. This will boost your fps a lot as Lighting is very demanding in Fallout 76.
  • Set Shadow Quality to Low. Lowering down the Shadow Quality will also help squeezing out some extra fps.
  • Set Shadow distance to Low. Shadow Distance is very demanding as well in Fallout 76.

Unlock your FPS or Remove the Framerate Limiter in Fallout 76

The Framerate of Fallout 76 is capped at 63 and you cannot get more than that no matter what graphics card you use. But there is a method to unlock the FPS in Fallout 76. Here is how you can unlock your FPS or remove the framerate limiter in Fallout 76:

[Note : Do this at your own risk]

  1. Go to Documents>My Games>Fallout 76′ folder and look for the file Fallout76Prefs.ini
  2. Click on Edit and then click on Find
  3. Type ‘iPresentInterval’ and search
  4. Change the value of ‘iPresentInterval’ to 0. The tweaked line should read ‘iPresentInterval=0’.

You are good to go!

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Last Updated on May 9, 2021

1 thought on “Fallout 76 Performance Guide – Fix Lag, Fps Drops and Stuttering”

  1. have the same issue …… CPU/GPU stays low when there are more things to load. My system : i7 6700k rtx 2070 16gb 3200mhz of ram, playing in 1440p . When the GPU usage stays above 80%+ in some areas i have high fps, as soon as i go around and there are more things to load usage drops and my fps from 100+ goes down to almost identical to yours 45+ ish…….

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