Fix Final Fantasy VII (FF7) Remake Intergrade FPS Drops, Stuttering and Lag

FF7 Remake fps drops stuttering lag – The all-new Final Fantasy VII Remake is a remastered edition with current-generation graphics. This is the same Final Fantasy VII game that came out in 1997 and is said to have been guided by the original developers. The game was published and developed by Square Enix. Final Fantasy 7 is one of the most popular installments of the Final Fantasy Franchise.

This is an adventure game filled with action and RPG elements. Based on the traditional command-based combat system along with real-time action. The game revolves around the original storyline, which was first released in the late 90s, and this Remake version added a new episode in the game where you will be able to play as Wutaian Ninja Yuffie Kisaragi. You will have to infiltrate Midgar and conspire on a plan to steal the Ultimate Matera from Shinra Electric Power Company. The game is doing okay in terms of a remake, with over 6000 players constantly playing the game on Steam. Although the numbers are pretty low, considering the fact that this is a Final Fantasy title. It is too early to comment on how things would turn up for Final Fantasy 7 Remake in the future.

Nowadays, every game is filled with bugs, technical glitches, and performance errors, and the Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is no exception. Many players, who have bought Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade on PC via Steam, are facing a handful of errors and performance issues in the game. So this article will guide you on how to fix FPS Drops, Stuttering, and Lag in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade - Fix FPS Drops, Stuttering and Lag

How to fix FPS Drops, Stuttering and Lag in FF 7 Remake Intergrade

You need at least a GTX 780 or an RX 480 GPU paired with a Core i5 or AMD FX-8350 Processor along with 8 GB RAM to play the game at 1080p/60fps

Here are the minimum and maximum system requirements for Final Fantasy 7R.

Minimum System Requirements 

  • Processor – AMD FX-8350 or Intel Core i5-3330
  • Operating System – Windows 10 64 Bit
  • RAM – 8GB
  • Graphics Card – AMD Radeon RX 480 / Nvidia GTX 780 Graphics Card (Minimum 3GB)
  • DirectX – DirectX Version 12
  • Storage – 100GB
  • Notes – These requirements can run the game at a resolution of 1920×1080 at 60fps, and we strictly advise you to install the game on an SSD for a more streamlined experience

Recommended System Requirements 

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 3 3100 or Intel Core i7-3770
  • Operating System – Windows 10 64 Bit
  • RAM – 12GB
  • Graphics Card – AMD Radeon RX 5700 / Nvidia GTX 1080 Graphics Card (8GB Recommended)
  • DirectX – DirectX Version 12
  • Storage – 100GB
  • Notes – These requirements can run the game at a resolution of 2560×1440 at 60fps, and we strictly advise you to install the game on an SSD for a more streamlined experience. The game supports up to 3840×2160, i.e. 4K resolutions as well.

The game requires at least 3GB VRAM, which is pretty nice considering most of the Gamers are now well-equipped with a 1050Ti 4GB GPU, according to the recent Steam Hardware polls. For people with less than 4GB of Graphics cards, make sure before buying the game that you have at least 3GB of video memory; otherwise, you won’t be able to run the game beyond 1080p. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake features high-end graphics, as we can see from the recommended requirements being a GTX 1080. Since this is a Single-player game, FPS and graphics quality are essential for the ultimate Final Fantasy experience. Even if you possess a good amount of skills in your arsenal, showing them off smoothly will require a good PC. So if you don’t have a PC that meets the minimum requirements, you might have to deal with the interpolations and the glitches it would come with. Lowering the resolution further will make it run smoothly, but you will have to deal with a lot of blurriness, destroying the magic of Final Fantasy games.

Install the latest Nvidia Game Ready Driver v516.40

Nvidia has recently introduced a new Graphics driver, but their release notes didn’t mention Final Fantasy VII. The game already runs smoothly on my GTX 1080 Graphics card with the driver version 516.40Install the driver to eliminate any driver-related issues. You can either update it via GeForce Experience or visit this link to download the driver manually.

516.40 driver

Install the latest AMD Adrenalin Driver

AMD has not released any specifically optimized driver for Final Fantasy VII. I checked the release notes of their latest driver, which is Adrenalin 22.5.2 WHQL Optional. I didn’t see anything about Final Fantasy VII Remake there. Still, if you want to update your driver just for its sake, you can do that from here.

Install the Game on an SSD

The developers have specifically mentioned installing the game on an SSD. And yes, we recommend the same, not only with this game but with most of the newer games are always advised to install it on an SSD. I always took these recommendations with a grain of salt until I found the difference.

Initially, I installed the game on my Hard Drive because I didn’t have much SSD storage. The game was working fine; however, the loading times and the overall performance were not what I expected. Later, I wiped some unnecessary data off my SSD and reinstalled the whole game on my NVMe SSD. As soon as I installed the game on the SSD, I immediately saw the difference. I have got much better in-game performance and much faster loading times only by switching the storage device from the HDD to an SSD. We understand because I know that a lot of low-end users still use HDDs. It is OK to install this game on an HDD, but if you have an SSD, use it. Earlier, we saw a similar performance boost in the Naraka Bladepoint benefit when we switched from HDD to SSD.

Disable Nvidia Instant Replay or Windows Background Recording

If you do not have a powerful processor, I suggest you turn off features like Nvidia Instant Replay or Windows Background Recording. Both do the same job and might cause unnecessary stuttering in demanding titles.

To turn off Nvidia Instant Replay:

  1. Press Alt+Z [You have Nvidia in-game overlay enabled if you are using instant replay].
  2. Click on the Instant Replay block.
  3. Turn it off from there.

To turn off Background Recording:

  1. Go to your Windows 10 settings menu.
  2. Select Gaming.
  3. Select Captures from the left.
  4. Turn off Background Recording from there.

Preferred Graphics Processor (For Nvidia Laptop users)

If your laptop features an Nvidia graphics card inside, you must ensure your computer uses that instead of the low-powered integrated one.

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Click on Manage 3D settings located on the left side
  3. Select the Program Settings tab
  4. Under “Select a program to customize”, select Fantasy VII Remake
  5. If it is not there, then click on Add and then select it
  6. Now set “Select the preferred graphics processor for this program” to “High-performance NVIDIA processor.

Close demanding applications

Suppose you have got heavy applications or utilities running within the background. In that case, there’s a possibility that the lag results from some applications feeding up on loads of resources. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open your Task Manager
  2. Choose the Processes tab and click on CPU
  3. Ensure the arrow beside it is facing downwards
  4. Doing this will bring the resource-hungry applications to the top of the list
  5. Seek the processes that you don’t need. However, they’re overwhelming a hefty chunk of the CPU and RAM
  6. Right-click on them and click on “End Task.”

Remove temporary junk files from your system.

If you have a lot of useless files piled up inside the “Temp” folder of your system, there is a chance that it might be making your PC slow and less responsive. Especially if you are using a standard HDD instead of an SSD. So removing them is the best thing to do.

To do that, press the Windows+R keys at the same time. Type %TEMP% inside the box and press Enter. Select all the files inside the temp folder by pressing Ctrl+A and pressing the Shift+Delete keys on your keyboard. There might be some files you might not be able to delete. Skip them instead and delete the rest of them.

After you have done everything we said above, restart the game and check if these suggestions have fixed FPS Drops, Stuttering, and Lag in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.


If you think this guide has helped, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Final Fantasy guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. Good luck!


That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on June 21, 2022

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