Need for Speed (NFS) Heat – Best or Optimal Graphics Settings

Need for Speed Heat runs quite smoothly for the most part but it looks like some players are witnessing few hiccups here and there. It is understandable that not everyone is sitting with a high end gaming PC. In fact, according to the latest Steam Hardware Survey most of the gamers still game on low-medium graphics cards.

But this is the greatest thing about PC gaming. You don’t need overpriced hardware to play games as you can customize the in-game graphics settings of the game you want to play and then get the best performance out of it, even if you have a low end gaming rig.

Tweaking in-game graphics or video settings not only gives you a smoother experience but also gets rid of performance issues like lag, sudden fps drops, stuttering, etc. Same is the case with NFS Heat. Lets see if it is possible to make this game run for people with low end graphics cards by tweaking the in-game video or graphics settings.

Need for Speed (NFS) Heat – Best or Optimal Graphics Settings

It is always recommended to run a game on a medium end gaming rig if you want to find out the best combination of graphics settings for the game. There is no point in running benchmarks on gaming rigs with high or enthusiast level graphics cards. Because lets be honest, every single game will run smoothly on a RTX 2080 Super or a RX 5700 XT.

Though the system requirements of Need for Speed Heat are slightly on the higher side, we still went ahead and ran it on a very basic and mediocre gaming PC. Here are the full specifications of our rig:

  • CPU : Intel i3 8100
  • GPU : MSI GTX 1050 ti 4 GB
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 2400mhz
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080

The graphics or video settings we decided to go with:

Go to Options and then Graphics. Apply the settings shown below.

Full Screen : Full Screen

Vertical Sync : Off

Resolution Scale : 100%

Motion Blur : Off

Graphics Quality : Custom

Texture Quality : High

Shadow Quality : Medium

Texture Filtering : High

Ambient Occlusion  : AAO

Effects Detail : Medium

Geometry Detail : High

Anti-Aliasing : FXAA

Terrain Quality : High

Vegetation Detail : Medium

Post Processing Quality : High

Reflection Quality : Medium

Depth of Field : Low

Lighting Quality : High

We were surprised to see how well the game ran on such a mediocre gaming PC. Now a lot of you might say that GTX 1050 ti isn’t mediocre, why would you even buy a high-end AAA title, that too a NFS title, if you not going to enjoy it on a 1050 ti at least.

The frame rates were hovering over 55-60 most of time with drops to 50 at certain instances. But the experience was smooth for the most part. We tried single-player as well as multiplayer and the game ran fine in both modes.


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on November 5, 2019

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