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

Even though Fallout 76 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 Outdated drivers could be the reason of performance loss at times.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; 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!

Last Updated on December 19, 2023