The Cycle Frontier Best Graphics Settings

This guide will show you the best graphics settings for The Cycle Frontier PC. The game is free-to-play on Steam, at the moment. And if you are a Tarkov lover, then you should definitely give it a try.

The Cycle Frontier Best Graphics Settings

The Cycle: Frontier is a free-to-play first-person PvPvE Extraction Shooter developed and published by Yager Development. The game is set in a universe where interstellar travel is possible, and a group of humans live on a space station called the Prospect Station.

You play as a prospector who is tasked with the job of completing contracts on a dangerous planet called Fortuna III. Your job is to complete these contracts to earn points and in order to win a match, you will have to successfully evacuate from the planet, after bagging the most points.

Coming to the performance of the game on PC, the game performs well for the most part. The Cycle Frontier was never a light title to begin with. I remember trying this game almost a year ago. It was quite demanding back then, it is demanding now. You need something similar to the GTX 1060, to enjoy the game without issues on 1920×1080 resolution. And this where the graphics settings menu come into play.

Even if you don’t have a powerful GPU, you can just tweak the settings a bit and get a smooth performance on a mediocre-level GPU, as well. This guide will show you the best graphics settings for The Cycle Frontier for low-end gaming PCs. You will have a smoother experience in-game, and it might also help you eliminate various performance issues, if you are having any, of course.

Graphics Settings

  • Selected Rendering Device: Select your dedicated GPU here [Don’t leave it on default.]
  • Display Mode: Fullscreen [Fullscreen offers better performance than Windowed or Borderless.]
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 [The combination of settings mentioned in this article are optimized for the 1080p resolution. This won’t work on 1440p or higher resolutions.]
  • DLSS: Balanced [I found the integrated DLSS in The Cycle, to be quite good. Doesn’t immediately turn the game into a blurry mess when enabled.]
  • Image Sharpening: 0.5 [The world of The Cycle has a lot of visual clutter. If the rendering in front of you is not sharp enough, you will lose opponents very easily.]
  • Max FPS: Unlimited [You can set this to 144 or 240, if you want. Depends on your monitor.]
  • FOV: 100 [The game is kind of similar to Tarkov, and is completely open-world. Max FOV is mandatory.]
  • Gamma: Doesn’t matter [You can increase this if you find the game to be too dark during thunderstorms.]
  • Colorblind Type: Off [Personal preference.]
  • Interface Scale: 1 [Don’t want the interface to hog up the entire screen.]
  • Auto Detect: Off [The auto-detection doesn’t always work. It detected Epic settings for my GTX 1050 Ti, and maxed out every thing else.]
  • Video Quality: Medium [At the end of the day, this game has PvP. And it PvP, frames per second always triumphs over visual quality. So “Medium” is a good enough option.]
  • Draw Distance: Medium [High and Epic affects the performance a lot. “Medium” is the best for mediocre GPUs. In fact, I would say, go “Low”, if you are not getting desirable frames.]
  • Shadow Quality: Medium [“Low” looks awful, and “High” affects performance. “Medium” is the way to go.]
  • Post Process Quality: Medium [Setting this to a higher setting kind of makes the game look blurry at some instances.]
  • Texture Quality: Medium [The games look clear enough on “Medium.”]
  • Visual Effects Quality: Low [We don’t need a lot of effects popping on our screen in a PvP game.]
  • Foliage Quality: Medium [This basically controls the quality of the wildlife around the map. High-detailed plants and leaves should be least of your concern.]
  • VSync: Off [Don’t see a reason to cripple the performance. Enable this if you are experience huge fluctuations in frames per second.]
  • Show FPS: On [Personal preference.]
  • Enable DX12: Test it by yourself [My GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1650 Super were performing worse on DX 12. But, my RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 were actually performing better on DirectX 12.]
  • Enable Motion Blur: Off [I personally hate motion blur. Especially in PvP games.]
  • Enable Multi Threaded Rendering: On [Keep this on if you have a processor that has 4 or more cores.]
  • Enable GPU Crash Debugging: On [This will generate a log file in case of a crash.]

The Cycle Frontier best graphics settings

Specifications of Test system

PROCESSOR Ryzen 5 5600x
GPU Zotac GTX 1650 4 GB
RAM 16 GB 3200mhz G.Skill Trident Z RAM
MOTHERBOARD Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (Wi-Fi) Motherboard
AIO Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage
STORAGE Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB
DISPLAY MSI Optix MAG241CR 144hz | BenQ GW2480 IPS (Dual Monitor Setup)
PSU Corsair AX 1200W Gold PSU
OS Windows 10 64-bit Version 21H2
GPU DRIVER Nvidia Game Ready Driver 512.95

Overwatch 2 – Performance Analysis

Minimum FPS (1% Low)
Average FPS Maximum FPS
38 FPS
64 FPS 71 FPS

First, let me show you how The Cycle Frontier looks with the combination graphics settings from this guide:

How The Cycle Frontier looks running on the best graphics settings

As you can see, the game looks clear and sharp. You won’t have any issues spotting your opponents. Coming back to the performance, The Cycle Frontier runs well for the most part. But if you are trying to run this game on something like the GTX 1050 Ti. Then you will have a tough time. You will have to set every thing to “Low”, and run the game on DirectX 11. Even on “Low”, you won’t be able to achieve constant 60 FPS, at all locations. The GTX 1650 did struggle a bit during my 2 hours of testing. But, it was still playable for the most part. If you don’t care much about the visuals, I would recommend going “Low” on the 1650, as well.

On the other hand, if you have something like the RTX 2060 or the RTX 3060. You will be able to run the game flawlessly on Epic Settings. But instead of setting everything to “Epic”. I would recommend that you set the settings in the exact same way shown above, and prioritize FPS. I did notice some stuttering on almost all the GPUs (GTX 1650, GTX 1050ti, RTX 2060, RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070). But it went away once the Shader Caching process was complete.

Overall, I would say that The Cycle Frontier is a decent. But, it still needs optimization. Considering the fact, that is a free-to-play title, a wide array of players would want to try it. And, not every one of them is sitting with a RTX GPU.

If you want to check out the performance of The Cycle Frontier at maxed out settings, then I have run the game on a RTX 3060 Ti. Check it out:

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more The Cycle Frontier guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. Good luck!

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on August 18, 2022

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