Serious Sam 4 – Best Graphics Settings

Serious Sam 4 graphics settings – Serious Sam 4 has finally made it’s way to the launch day. A lot of people were waiting for this release since there hasn’t been any Serious Sam game in the the past 9 years.

Serious Sam 4, just like Serious Sam 3, is an extremely demanding title and even with the latest drivers there is not much you can do if you have a low end gaming rig. So 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.

Serious Sam 4 – Best Graphics Settings

Graphics Settings

  • Graphics API : DIRECT3D 11 (VULKAN, if you see FPS drops)
  • Resolution : 1920×1080 (16:9)
  • Window Mode : Fullscreen
  • Max 3D Rendering MPIX : 2 (FHD 1080P)
  • Multi-Sample Antialiasing : NONE
  • Enable V-sync : OFF
  • Rescaling Filter : FIDELITYFX CAS
  • Field of View : 70

Performance

CPU Speed

Go to Performance > CPU Speed > Select Customize

  • No Dynamic Lighting : Off
  • Max Corpses : Default
  • Max Debris : Medium
  • Max Debris Per Model : Medium
  • Enable Dynamic Decals : On
  • Disable Ragdoll Death : Off
  • Simple Character Destruction : Off
  • Rendering Distance : Half
  • Dynamic Shadows Distance : Half
  • Debris Shadow Casting : On
  • Mirror Reflections : On
  • Reflections Detail : Optimal
  • Reflections Bias : Bar at 30%
  • Max Active Sounds : Bar at 20%
  • Terrain Zoom Quality : Medium
GPU Speed

Go to Performance > GPU Speed > Select Customize

  • Max 3D Rendering MPIX : 2 (FHD 1080P)
  • Multi-Sample Antialiasing : NONE
  • Transparency Antialiasing : Smooth
  • Super-Sample Antialiasing : None
  • Fast-Approximate Antialiasing : Low
  • Texture Filtering : Triliniear
  • Anisotropic Filtering : Medium (4X)
  • Parallax Mapping : Fast
  • Parallaxing Quality : Optimal
  • Ambient Occlusion : Low
  • Screen Space Effects Precision : Optimal
  • Fast Lights : On
  • Rendering LOD Bias : Half
  • Allow Refractions : On
  • Max Shadow Size : Low
  • Soft Shadows : On
  • Shadow Dithering Radius : Bar at 20%
  • Shadow Triliniear Dithering : Off
  • Shadow Trilinear Span : Half
  • Ground Cast Shadows : Off
  • Distant Plant Shadows : Low
  • Bloom : Optimal
  • Zoom Blur : None
  • Light Streaks : Medium
  • Sharpen Streaks : Off
  • Heat Shimmer : On
  • Depth of Field : On
  • Motion Blur : Off (Personal Choice)
  • Channel Offset : On
  • Particles Density : Half
  • Lens Flare Quality : None
  • High Quality Trees : Off
  • Tree Rendering Distance : 2048.00
  • Render Crumbs : Everything
  • Grass Density : Half
  • Crumbs Density : Half
  • Ground Update Speed : Half
  • Ground Update Speed (Action) : Bar at 10%
  • Terrain Zoom Quality : Medium
GPU Memory

Go to Performance > GPU Memory > Select Customize

  • Ground Quality : Medium
  • Ground Cache Capacity : Default
  • Textures Resolution : Medium
  • Texture Quality : Original
  • Lightmaps Resolution : Medium
  • Streaming Buffer Size : Medium
Max FPS
  • 144 (Personal Preference)

If this is too complicated for you then just select “AUTODETECT” for these settings.

Here is what the Graphics Settings Menu looks like. You can access it by heading over to Options > Graphics Options.

Our Test System Specifications

Here are the full specifications of our rig:

  • CPU : AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • GPU : Zotac RTX 2060
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 2666mhz
  • OS : Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
  • HDD : WD 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Driver : GeForce Game Ready Driver v456.38 (Release date : 09/17/2020)

The hardware listed on the official system requirements of Serious Sam 4 are all over the place. There is no point testing this game on a low-end graphics card because a GTX 970 will only get you 30 FPS, that too on 720p resolution. Initially, I tried to test the game on a GTX 1050 2GB. But the game didn’t even launch on that system. Now I am not sure if it was due to the graphics card or a bug.

The recommended graphics cards are nVidia GeForce 1080/2060 or AMD Radeon Vega64/5700 (8 GB VRAM). I did have a RTX 2060 lying around so decided to give that one a go. The system requirements don’t have any particular processor mentioned, so I decided to stick to my trusty AMD Ryzen 5 3600X. Normally, I avoid testing games on high-end systems, but we didn’t have a choice here.

Benchmark Test Results

  • Tool used : In-game Benchmark tool (Options > Extras > Benchmark)
  • Duration : 60.0 Seconds
Low 1%
Average FPSHigh 1%
min 23.2 ms, average 26.9 ms (37.2 FPS)78.9 FPS (77.3 mid 98% in 4515 frames)max 7.3 ms, average 7.1 ms

serious sam 4 benchamark results

We are testing the game on multiple APIs, so the test is taking a bit longer than usual. Just to let you know, Serious Sam 4 still needs a lot of optimization. The game currently suffers with a lot of performance issues. Hopefully things will get better as more and more updates start coming in. But at the current state, this title could prove to be unplayable for low or medium-end users.


If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing other problems with the game then try checking out our other guides on Serious Sam 4. Who knows, you might end up finding a fix.


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