Sons of The Forest Best Graphics Settings to fix Stuttering and FPS Drops

This guide will show you the best Graphics Settings to fix Stuttering, and FPS Drops in Sons of The Forest. These Graphics settings will help you balance out the performance without losing quality and the visuals in the game.

Sons of The Forest Best Graphics Settings to fix Stuttering and FPS Drops

After a couple of delays, Sons of The Forest has finally been released. But the Full version is not available, yet, as the developers decided to go with an Early Access. And we all know what that means. Well, it means the game is not fully developed. As the players continue to play the game, and fund the project, the development process will continue side-by-side.

Anyway, there is no doubt that Sons of The Forest is an awesome survival title. But that doesn’t stop it from having performance issues. In fact, Sons of The Forest is not at all an optimized title. Despite the listed requirements for the game not being that high, even people with RTX 3070s and 3080s are having a tough time getting desired FPS. For this reason, we thought of showing you the best graphics settings for Sons of The Forest to fix Stutters, and FPS Drops. We tweaked and played around with these settings until we got a solid 60FPS on 2K (1440p) in the game. You can use the same settings on 1080p as well.

Graphics Settings

  • Resolution: 2560×1440 [The settings given here are suitable for 1080p, as well]
  • Fullscreen: Exclusive Fullscreen
  • Vsync: Disabled
  • Max FPS: Max
  • Quality Preset: Custom
  • Draw Distance: Medium
  • Ambient Occlusion: Medium
  • Fog Quality: Low
  • Anisotropic Textures: On
  • Shadow Quality: Medium
  • Clouds: High
  • Grass: Medium
  • Water: Low
  • Parallax Distance: Medium
  • Billboard Quality: Medium
  • Texture Resolution: Full
  • Anti Aliasing: TAA [If you don’t have DLSS]
  • Dynamic Resolution: DLSS/FSR
  • DLSS/FSR: Quality
  • Bloom: Off
  • Screen Space Reflections: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Micro Shadowing: Off
  • Contact Shadows: Off
  • Chromatic Aberration: Off
  • Film Grain: Off
  • Color Grade: Default

Sons Of The Forest Best Graphics Settings

The settings that impact the performance the most are Fog Quality, Shadow Quality, Parallax Distance, Screen Space Reflections, Micro Shadowing and Contact Shadows. So try to keep these at Medium, always. Also, I will highly recommend using DLSS if you are using 1440p or above. You will get a huge boost. I won’t necessarily recommend DLSS or FSR for 1080p, as it makes the game look a bit blurry and washed out. The developers should have provided a setting to control the Sharpness of DLSS.

Specifications of our Test Rig

We always recommend running Sons of The Forest at medium to high settings if you want to balance the visuals and the performance. To be honest, considering the system requirements, it is worthless to benchmark games using flagship hardware. It’s the mid-tier products that we should focus on because most of us are using those GPUs to run our games and to be honest, we know that all games will run with no issues if you have a high-end graphics card.

We tested Sons of The Forest out on our mid-range Gaming PC:

  1. GPU: RTX 3060 Ti
  2. CPU: Ryzen 5 5600x (Not overclocked)
  3. RAM: 32 GB 3200mhz G.Skill Trident Z RAM
  4. MOTHERBOARD: Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (Wi-Fi) Motherboard
  5. STORAGE: 1 TB WD Blue SSD
  6. PSU: Corsair AX 1200W Gold PSU
  7. DISPLAY: Odyssey G7 240Hz | BenQ GW2480 IPS (Dual Monitor Setup)
  8. OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  9. DRIVER: Nvidia Game Ready Driver 528.49 [Release Date: February 2023]

Sons of The Forest Performance Analysis

Here is the FPS that we got in Sons of The Forest with the settings given above:

Minimum FPS(1% Low) Average FPS Maximum FPS
48 67 129

Before we move on to the performance analysis, take a look at the performance of the game, running on Ultra Settings on a RTX 3060 Ti at 1440p:

To be honest, Sons of The Forest still requires a lot of optimization. I know that the recommended requirements state that you need a GTX 1080 Ti and an i7-8700K to run the game at 1080p 60 FPS. But that still doesn’t explain why the game stutters so much, and without fiddling with the settings, you cannot get rid of the issue.

I understand that the game is still in Early Access, but performance issues are something that can ruin the experience of players within a minute, and they won’t give a chance to the game after that.

I think the stuttering can be eradicated, if Nvidia or AMD decides to release drivers specifically optimized for that game. But I don’t see that happening any time soon.

Any way, I am not sure if I can recommend Sons of The Forest to people using low-end GPUs like GTX 1650 or GTX 1060 because the experience for them won’t be a pleasant one. I hope Endnight Games realises the potential of the game, and optimize it as fast as possible, so that more people can start trying it.

If this guide has helped, let us know in the comment section below. And for more Sons of The Forest Guides, keep an eye on Frondtech.

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on February 25, 2023

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