Fix Hogwarts Legacy Stuttering and FPS Drops on PC

Hogwarts Legacy stuttering fps drops – From the open world to the spells of Hogwarts Legacy. Everything about the game just feels right. What doesn’t feel so right is the performance of Hogwarts Legacy on PC. Let me tell you, some PC players are having an extremely bad time with the game. Reports of stuttering issues and fps drops are flying in every minute. Now, when this was happening during the early access of the game, everybody thought that Avalanche would definitely fix this with a Day-1 patch. So they continued playing instead of refunding the game. But now that the official launch has already happened, and the stuttering is still there in the game. People who have already crossed the 2 Hours threshold, are feeling lost. Anyway, I can’t say that I can help you eradicate the performance issues completely. But I can certainly recommend some measures that could help you make the situation a tad bit better.

Hogwarts Legacy Stuttering

Fix Hogwarts Legacy Stuttering and FPS Drops on PC

Here are the steps you can take to fix the stuttering and fps drops in Hogwarts Legacy:

16 GB of RAM is not enough

Now, this is actually pretty controversial, but from what I have seen after testing the game for hours. Hogwarts Legacy is a RAM hogging monster. I have three different PCs. One with 16 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of RAM on the other two, and let me tell you, Hogwarts Legacy runs terribly on the 16 GB system. The fps of the game would randomly drop to 10-20 fps, all the way from 60-70 FPS, and then suddenly go back to running smoothly. I tested the game with RTSS enabled for more than 11 hours, and the highest RAM usage I have seen with Hogwarts Legacy is 27 GB. And that is why this game runs smoothly on the systems with 32 GB RAM. I have actually made a video on this.

Where people with RTX 3070 TIs and 3080s and complaining about stuttering and fps drops, my 3060 Ti is handling the game without issues, that too on 1440p. Check it out:

I know I shouldn’t say this, but if you want to have a good experience with the game, and you don’t want to wait for the devs to take care of the issue. Then you need at least 32 GB of RAM.

Enable Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling (Fix recommended by a lot of Reddit users)

Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling for Hogwarts Legacy

If you have the latest build of Windows 10 then you should make use of the brand-new feature called hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling. If you have a decent graphics card, then you might actually benefit from this. Here is how to turn it on:

  1. Type “Graphics” on the Windows search bar
  2. Click on the first result that shows up
  3. You are on the Windows graphics settings menu
  4. Turn on Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling
  5. Restart your PC

Tweak the settings of Hogwarts Legacy to get the best performance

You can actually take care of the stuttering and fps drops in Hogwarts Legacy, but just applying the right settings. Trying balancing the settings between low-medium, if you have a mediocre GPU like a GTX 1660 or a RTX 2060.

If you don’t have any idea about what the best settings are for Hogwarts Legacy, you can check out our detailed guide on this topic.

Install the new Nvidia Driver

If you don’t know, Nvidia has released a new Game Ready Driver. The version is 528.49. Yes, I know that the name of Hogwarts Legacy is not mentioned anywhere on the release notes of the driver, but the new driver does provide more stability than the previous version. You can down the driver from here or via GeForce Experience.

Unfortunately, AMD has not released anything for Hogwarts Legacy. I was actually surprised to see that none of the vendors actually released an exclusive driver for the time. This is the first time something like this has happened in the case of a big AAA title.

The most upvoted fix from Reddit

This fix is one of the most upvoted fixes from Reddit. Thought I should add this:

Cap the FPS of Hogwarts Legacy

If you are like me and use DLSS in Hogwarts Legacy, then you should have an idea about the huge variations in FPS in the game. If you have a decent GPU, then you can, at times, the framerate, drop to 60-70 FPS, all the way from 120+ FPS.

That is when I decided to cap the framerate of the game to 70. Now, you can cap the fps of the game from the in-game settings menu. But there is no way to cap your FPS at an exact number. So, you will have to take external aid.

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Click on Manage 3D settings.
  3. Click on the Program settings tab.
  4. Furthermore, click on ‘Add,’ in order to select Hogwarts Legacy.
  5. Select Hogwarts Legacy from the list of programs.
  6. Look for the Max Frame Rate setting.
  7. You need to put the FPS number that you think your PC can handle consistently.

Run Hogwarts Legacy on Performance Mode

When I was in the Nvidia Control Panel, there was one more thing that I did. I clicked on ‘Adjust image settings with preview’ from the left sidebar. Then I selected ‘Use my preference emphasizing’, from the three options.

Then what I did was I pulled the slider all the way to ‘Performance’. I was set to ‘Quality’ by default.

Close Heavy Applications

As I said before, Hogwarts Legacy has a tendency to hog huge amounts of RAM. So you need to free up as much as you can.

You are going to have a hard time if you don’t close heavy applications and free up RAM. Close demanding applications running like Razer Central, Logitech Ghub, your Anti-virus, etc., running in the background. There is a chance that the freezing and stuttering are being caused due to some applications eating up a lot of resources.

Just open your Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, click on ‘Memory’, and see which applications are eating a lot of RAM. Close them one by one if they are not important.

Turn off all sorts of Overlays and Background recording apps

Turn off all the features like Nvidia Instant replay and Windows Background Recording. The Xbox Game Bar and Game Mode should be disabled as well.

Disable your Steam overlay by:

  1. Steam
  2. Settings
  3. In-Game
  4. Disable “Activate steam overlay in game.”

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. Toggle it off from there

To turn off Background Recording:

  1. Go to your Windows 10/ Windows 11 settings menu
  2. Select Gaming
  3. Select Captures from the left
  4. Turn off Background Recording for the menu

That is all I have on how to fix stuttering and fps drops in Hogwarts Legacy PC.

I would suggest that you take a look at the official Steam Discussions Page of Hogwarts Legacy. You will find a lot of players discussing about these exact same issues.

  • To submit a Support ticket, click here.
  • To report a bug, click here.

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you have any additions to make regarding this topic, then also you can comment below. And for more Destiny 2 guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. Good luck!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on February 12, 2023

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