New World FPS Drops and Stuttering fix for PC

New World fps drops and stuttering – This guide contains some simple and basic fixes or solutions for PC users who are facing fps drops, low fps or stutters in New World on PC via Steam.

New World FPS Drops and Stuttering fix for PC

After a ton of delays, and a couple of successful betas, the launch of the final version of New World is finally here. So far, from what I have seen, New World is undoubtedly one of the most popular games of 2021. The game was averaging between 100,000-150,000 players on Steam, during the beta only. And it wasn’t even an open beta.

I personally played the game a lot during the betas, and came across a ton of bugs and errors, unfortunately. But, I don’t blame the developers at all. Considering how big the scale of this game is, it is almost impossible to ship something like this in a perfect form, completely free from bugs and issues.

I have already covered some of the major bugs and issues in my other New World articles. This time, I am talking about the FPS drops or low framerate issues in New World. There is already a huge batch of posts about the stuttering issue in the game, on the Steam discussions page of New World, and on various forums. Check out this post:

Terrible stuttering
On a 3080 and 10900k with 64GB of RAM, I am getting large FPS drops of like 10-20 for a split second every so often. It appears as stuttering. Someone made a comment it was related to camps or players loading in. Whatever it is it’s unbearable.

Personally, I have tried the game on three systems on time. The first system consisted of Ryzen 5 5600x+RTX 2060, Ryzen 5 5600x+RTX 3070 on the second one, and i3 8100+GTX 1050 ti on the third one. The game ran flawlessly on the first two systems. Yes, the was some high GPU usage and overheating issues. But it was nothing alarming. I did experience quite a lot of stuttering on the third system, though.

What I have done is, I have listed some tested methods that would help troubleshoot the fps drops and stuttering issue in New World.

[Note: Most of the methods mentioned on this article, have been recommended by actual New World players only. Who have tried these and then went on to confirm that these work.]

How to fix the FPS Drops and Stutters

Compare the System Requirements of New World with your Hardware Specifications

Skip this, if you are sure that you have a decent gaming PC, and it is good enough to run New World smoothly. If you are not, then I would advise you to check the system requirements of New World, and compare them with the hardware specifications of your PC. Here are the official New World system requirements:

# MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS Windows® 10 64-bit Windows® 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i5-2400 / AMD CPU with 4 physical cores @ 3Ghz Intel® Core™ i7-2600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
MEMORY 8 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
GRAPHICS NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670 2 GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 or better NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 390X or better
DIRECTX Version 12 Version 12
NETWORK Broadband Internet connection Broadband Internet connection
STORAGE 50 GB available space 50 GB available space
ADDITIONAL NOTES Internet connection required to play, offers in-game purchases Internet connection required to play, offers in-game purchases

According to the official system requirements, a gtx 670 2 GB, paired with i5 2400 and 8 GB RAM is enough to run New World at 1080p 30 FPS. To that, I would like to say, it is extremely inaccurate. I am not sure whether the developers tested the game on low-end GPUs or not. But a gtx 670 and 8 GB RAM just won’t work.

I have personally tested this game on my most low-end system, consisting of a GTX 1050 ti, i3 8100, and 8 GB RAM. And I can confirm that New World runs horribly on low-end GPUs. I was hardly getting 30-35 fps at the lowest possible settings. And this was during the closed beta, when not many players had access to the game. And there weren’t 50 players running around on my screen at the same time. The only way to get playable fps on these GPUs, is by lowering the resolution to 900p or 720p.

Nvidia users, download the GeForce Game Ready Driver v472.12

Nvidia has already released a driver that is optimized for New World. And I don’t see a reason to not install it. The version is 472.12.
New World - Game Ready Driver v472.12

  • Use GeForce Experience to download and install the driver directly
  • Or, download the Game Ready Driver version 472.12 via this link, and install it manually

AMD users, download the Adrenaline 21.9.2 Radeon Driver

AMD, as well, has released a driver that is optimized for New World. It is called Adrenalin 21.9.2 Optional.
New World - Adrenaline 21.9.1 driver

  • Use AMD Auto-Detect to download and install the driver directly
  • Or, download the Adrenalin 21.9.2 Optional Radeon Driver via this link, and install it manually. Fill the information properly to get the right driver version.

Configure the video settings in New World

I have already written a separate guide on this. The guide is fairly detailed, and should help you get your ‘settings game’ right.

Check out the guide here.

New World - Graphics Settings

Nvidia Control Panel Settings for New World

First, go to your Nvidia Control Panel. Click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘ located on the left side under 3D settings. Select ‘Use my preference emphasizing‘, and set it to ‘Performance‘. Now try playing New World again and see if you are getting fps drops or stutters or not. If the game ends up running smoothly for you, then you do not need to do anything else.

If New World is still stuttering for, then you need to configure your Nvidia Control Panel Settings manually. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘, and select ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings
  3. Click on ‘Take me there’ and you should land on the ‘Manage 3D settings’ menu
  4. Select the on the Program Settings tab
  5. Locate New World from the drop-down menu under “Select a program to customize”
  6. If you couldn’t find New World on the list, just click on the Add button and pick it from the list, or browse and pick the newworld.exe file directly from the installation folder

Once you have successfully added the game, you will then see the program settings become available for the game. Now tweak the following settings:

  • CUDA – GPUs: Select your dedicated GPU
  • OpenGL rendering GPU: Select your dedicated GPU
  • Power Management Mode: Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Texture filtering – Quality: High Performance (Change it to Performance, if the textures start appearing blurry)
  • Threaded Optimization: On
  • Vertical sync: Off

New World - Nvidia Control Panel Settings

New World – AMD Control Panel Settings

AMD users can also do something similar on their control panels:

Open your AMD Radeon Sofware. Go straight to the ‘Record & Stream’ tab, and disable ‘Record Desktop’. Click on the ‘Preferences’ tab, and disable ‘In-Game Overlay’, ‘Advertisements’, and ‘Toast Notifications’.

Click on the Gaming tab, then on Global Graphics, and set your Graphics Profile to “Custom”.

Now tweak the following settings:

  • Radeon Anti-Lag : Disabled
  • Radeon Chill : Disabled
  • Boost : Disabled
  • Image Sharpening : Disabled
  • Radeon Enhanced Sync : Disabled
  • Wait for Vertical Refresh : Always Off

Now click on Advanced. Tweak the following settings:

  • Anti-Aliasing : Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method : Multi-sampling
  • Morphological Anti-Aliasing : Disabled
  • Anisotropic Filtering : Disabled
  • Texture Filtering Quality : Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization : Enabled
  • Tessellation Mode : Override application settings
  • Maximum Tessellation Level : Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering : Disabled
  • 10-Bit Pixel Format : Disabled
  • GPU Workload : Graphics

New World - AMD Control Panel Settings

Now reset the Shader Cache by hitting Performance Reset at the bottom of the list.

Tip for Gaming Laptop Users

If you are trying to play New World on a laptop, that has a dedicated Nvidia GPU, then make sure that your laptop is using the dedicated GPU and not the integrated one.

To do that, just open Nvidia Control Panel, click on Manage 3D Settings and set ‘Preferred graphics processor’ to ‘High-performance Nvidia processor’. Restart your system.

Limit your in-game FPS

Limit your FPS in New World if you are getting extremely unstable frame rate, and huge fps drops. You can even use V-Sync to solve this problem. There are two ways to limit your fps. You can either do it via the in-game settings menu, or via your GPU Control Panel.

Turn off Nvidia in-game overlay and disable Windows Background Recording

Nvidia in-game overlay has a lot of utilities that eat up a lot of resources. Especially, its Instant Replay feature. Turn if off from GFE. As a matter of fact, turn off every single overlay that you have at the moment.

Windows Background Recording could be a reason. Turn it off by heading over to the “Gaming” settings located inside the Windows Settings menu. There you should find something called “Captures” on the left. Click on it and disable the Background Recording feature inside it.

Make sure that your GPU is not getting throttled

GPU throttling is an issue with New World. I have already talked about this on one of my other New World articles. Go ahead, and give the ‘High GPU usage and CPU usage problems‘ section in this article a read.

Terminate useless heavy applications running in the background

If you have heavy applications running in the background, then there is a chance that those stutters in New World are being caused due to some applications eating up a lot of resources. Just open your Task Manager, select the Processes tab and click on CPU. Make sure the arrow beside it is facing downwards.

Doing this will pull the resource hungry applications on top. Look for the processes that are useless, and yet they are consuming a hefty chunk of the CPU. Right click on them and click on “End Task”.


Try these for now and let me know in the comment section below whether your issues got fixed or not. I will be updating this article with more fixes every day.


If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more New World guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue of the game on the launch day. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on September 27, 2021

2 thoughts on “New World FPS Drops and Stuttering fix for PC”

  1. Hei dude or dudette, i took the time to leave a comment (which i never ever do on any help website) and tell you how grateful i am that THIS article by Shoaib was the one that helped me tremendously in New World. I could barely play with fps fluctuating from 74 fps to 10 fps wow …. Now its just my gpu heating up in the 85 C , but i have no lag whatsoever ….. im running a nvidia 1660 super 8g ram rig and i the lag was unbearable , THANKYOU again!

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