This guide will teach you how to make Elden Ring on PC run more smoothly for NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon GPUs. Many Elden Ring players have noticed a loss in Frames Per Second (FPS) which leads to stuttering in some levels of the game. Hopefully, by the end of this guide these issues will go away at best, or at worst they are reduced to the point that you can enjoy the game more.
Follow these steps below to optimize your PC for performance-demanding games like Elden Ring.
How to Optimize Elden Ring In-Game Settings
Alright, let’s optimize Elden Ring’s performance by using the best Elden Ring settings for in-game graphics options. Elden Ring has a slew of graphical options you can tweak to find the sweet spot between performance and visuals. However, if you’re looking for better performance and can compromise on visuals a bit, try out my optimized settings below:
|Screen Mode||FullScreen||FullScreen mode offers the most optimal performance for most Elden Ring players. Switching to Windowed or Borderless Windowed usually results to lagging or stuttering at best, or crashing at worst.|
|Resolution||Native Resolution||Native resolution refers to the default maximum number of pixels in your monitor. For example, if the highest option available is 1920×1080, then that is your monitor’s native resolution. You can select a lower resolution to further improve in-game performance but there will be a huge decrease in texture quality.|
|Auto-Detect Best Rendering Settings||Off||Elden Ring is bad at automatically optimizing the game based on your hardware specs. Ignore this option and manually adjust your settings instead.|
|Quality Settings||Custom||You do not need to choose one of the available pre-set quality settings. Ignore this part and continue to Advanced Settings.|
Apply the changes you made to here before moving on to “Advanced Settings”.
The following settings are recommended to optimize Elden Ring’s performance. You can edit a specific setting later on based on your preference. For example, if your PC has extra VRAM to spare, then maybe you can set Texture Quality to High.
|Texture Quality||Medium||Texture Quality is the most impactful graphical setting in Elden Ring and other open-world games. Choose Medium if you want a good balance between visuals and performance.|
|Antialiasing Quality||High||High Antialiasing Quality means better visuals and smoother textures. You won’t really notice a boost in performance if you set it to Low or Off, so choose the best option here.|
|SSAO||Medium||Medium SSAO offers a slight performance boost without causing a noticeable drop in visual quality.|
|Motion Blur||Off||You will be sprinting, rolling, and dodging a lot in a Souls-like game such as Elden Ring. That means your camera will spin frequently, and adding Motion Blur will offer nothing but an extra headache.|
|Shadow Quality||Maximum||Elden Ring launched with a graphical bug that causes textures to shimmer annoyingly unnecessary shimmering in textures. If your game continues to do this then set Shadow Quality to Maximum. Otherwise, you can lower the setting to improve performance without giving up visual quality.|
|Lighting Quality||High||You won’t notice any improved performance when you decrease the Lighting Quality. Set it at High so you can bask in the beautiful lights of the Elden Ring universe.|
|Effects Quality||High||Lowering Effects Quality causes a significant drop in visual quality without improving performance in any way. Best to keep at the a high setting.|
|Volumetric Quality||High||Elden Ring looks more beautiful overall when Volumetric Quality is high. No need to lower this setting because there will be no noticeable effect on the game’s performance.|
|Reflection Quality||Medium||Reflection Quality usually takes up a lot of your computer’s performance. Apparently, there does not seem to be a drop in performance when you set it to high in Elden Ring. Future updates may affect this, however, so it’s best to keep it a Medium setting.|
|Water Surface Quality||High||You can set Lowering Water Surface Quality to low if you want to squeeze in an extra performance boost, or if you just don’t like staring at Elden Ring’s water bodies. Otherwise, you can put it on High and not be punished with a stuttering game.|
|Shader Quality||Medium||Gain an extra FPS boost when you lower Shader Quality from High to Medium. There won’t be a significant downgrade in visual quality so it’s the safest choice.|
|Global Illumination Quality||High||Global Illumination Quality does not affect performance when you set it to High. Therefore, don’t bother lowering it so you can enjoy a more aesthetic gameplay experience.|
|Grass Quality||Medium||Elden Ring has a lot of grass. Higher Grass Quality means your computer works harder to show you the every blade of beautiful grass. If you can tolerate the slightly ugly plants in exchange for an extra FPS boost, then keep this setting at Medium.|
We are now finished with optimizing the in-game graphics for Elden Ring. You should expect improved performance without sacrificing overall visual quality the next time you explore the map.
The next step is to adjust the settings for your graphics driver. NVIDIA users can continue reading below, while AMD users can skip this section and move on to the next.
How to Optimize NVIDIA Settings for Elden Ring
Always make sure your NVIDIA graphics drivers are updated to minimize performance issues for all your games. Open your NVIDIA GeForce Experience app, click the “Drivers” tab , and it will show you the latest GPU versions available. If your driver is outdated, then click “Download” and then “Express Installation” when it’s ready. Restart your computer and launch the NVIDIA Control Panel. Now we’re back in business.
You don’t need to optimize all the Control Panel settings. Apply the changes to the ones mentioned in the table below to optimize the performance of Elden Ring PC on NVIDIA GPUs.
Go to Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Global Settings
|Image Sharpening||Off||NVIDIA uses Image Sharpening to make game textures look sharp and crisp. Leave this off if your Elden Ring texture quality is set to Medium or High.|
|Anisotropic Filtering||Off||You don’t need your NVIDIA driver to apply to render sharp visuals for Elden Ring because the game’s engine does an excellent job with that already.|
|FXAA – Antialiasing||Off||Keep this setting off if you already enabled Antialiasing in Elder Ring’s in-game graphics menu.|
|Background Max Frame Rate||20||If you can’t avoid alt-tabbing while playing Elden Ring, then you can set Background Max Frame Rate to 20 at least. This allows your computer to allocate less resources to Elden Ring when minimized so you can open and use other apps.|
|Low Latency Mode||On||Enabling NVIDA’s Low Latency Mode reduces input lag when playing Elden Ring. In a game where you need to time your dodges at the exact moment, less lag means less deaths and therefore more fun.|
|Max Frame Rate||Off||Elden Ring already has a default max frame rate of 60. If for some reason it isn’t in your case, then change this to 60. Otherwise, leave it off.|
|Power Management Mode||Prefer Max Performance||You need every available GPU power of your NVIDIA driver to run a game as heavy as Elden Ring. Max Performance is the way to go if you want minimal stuttering.|
|Monitor Technology||G-Sync||Choose G-Sync if you monitor has an adaptive refresh rate capability and you will experience smoother gamepaly in Elden Ring. Otherwise, select the Fast option.|
|Multi-Frame Sampled AA (MFAA)||Off||Driver-controlled MFAA is not needed when you already have Antialiasing enabled in Elden Ring’s in-game options.|
|Anisotropic Sample Optimization -Texture Filtering||On||This setting should always be turned on because it provides more optimized textures in Elden Ring and helps regulate your GPU usage.|
|Quality – Texture Filtering||High Performance||Choosing High Quality does not seem to make any difference in Elden Ring’s graphical textures. Set it to High Performance instead and enjoy a more stable gameplay.|
|Trilinear Optimization – Texture Filtering||On||Trilinear Optimization also offers a noticeable improvement in the game’s textures and performance. Keep this on for better optimization.|
|Threaded Optimization||On||Enable Threaded Optimization to help multi-threaded CPUs stabilize Elden Ring’s poorly optimized performance.|
|Triple Buffering||Off||Triple Buffering is only good when you have V-Sync on. If not, then it’s best to disable it for Elden Ring.|
|Vertical Sync||Off||Vertical Synchronization (V-Sync) prevents screen tearing when enabled at the cost of increased input lag. Elden Ring is a game that punishes players who experience lagging, so turn this setting off. If you do experience screen tearing, enable V-Sync but lower your other in-game graphical settings.|
Save your changes and close the NVIDIA Control Panel. Now you can play Elden Ring on your PC without running into performance problems. The Global Settings you just edited will also apply to other games that use your high-performance NVIDIA graphics driver.
How to Optimize AMD Radeon Settings for Elden Ring
Elden Ring players who use the AMD GPU should first make sure that to update their graphics drivers to experience more stable gameplay. Launch your AMD Adrenaline Radeon app and go to the “Drivers & Softwares” tab on the top-right corner. Click the “Check for Updates” button and the latest versions will be automatically downloaded for you. Install them once they’re ready and restart your PC. Now you can focus on optimizing Elden Ring for AMD Radeon.
Open your AMD Radeon Settings, go to “Global Settings”, and change the following settings:
|Radeon Anti-Lag||Enabled||MD Radeon Anti-Lag helps reduce input lag, resulting to smoother gameplay. Very important to keep this on for games like Elder Ring.|
|AMD Radeon Chill||Disabled||AMD Radeon Chill helps cool your GPU temperature by reducing clock speed. Unless your computer is overheating all the time, keep this setting off.|
|Radeon Boost||Disabled||Radeon Boost lowers your selected resolution before upscaling it in dynamical fashion. Although there is a performance boost, the game textures might appear blurry. You should only enable this if you’re playing Elden Ring at a resolution lower than your monitor’s native settings.|
|Image Sharpening||Disabled||Driver-controlled Image Sharpening is not needed because Elden Ring’s game engine can display crisp textures with no issues. You could enable this setting if you are playing the game on low resolution and blurry images are present.|
|Radeon Enhanced Sync||Disabled||AMD Radeon’s V-Sync option should always be turned off to greatly reduce input lag. Turn it on only when your monitor experiences unbearable screen tearing.|
|Wait for Vertical Refresh||Always off||Disable this setting to reduce incoming input lag while playing Elden Ring.|
The following settings are for the advanced settings tab in Radeon Settings.
|Frame Rate Target Control||Disabled||Elden Ring has a maximum frame rate cap of 60 FPS, so you do not need to edit this option.|
|Antialiasing||Use Application Settings||If Antialiasing is already enabled in the Elden Ring in-game menu, then you do not need to adjust it in the Radeon Settings.|
|Antialiasing Method||Multisampling||Multisampling provides a significant visual boost in-game without negatively impacting the performance. Choosing the other options for this setting may result to a huge drop in FPS.|
|Morphological Antialiasing||Disabled||Enabling Morphological Antialiasing may lower FPS and cause stuttering while playing Elden Ring.|
|Anisotropic Filtering||Disabled||AMD Radeon’s Anisotropic Filtering works more reliably in games that use DirectX 9 or lower. Its effect on modern games like Elden Ring can be inconsistent. Keep it disabled since Elden Ring’s game engine can render sharp visual effects with no problems.|
|Texture Filtering Quality||Performance||Choose Performance since this guide prioritizes optimized gameplay fir Elden Ring. You can switch to Standard instead if your GPU can handle it, so you can enjoy better graphics without compromising in-game performance.|
|Surface Format Optimization||Enabled||Keep this setting on and you will experience smoother in-game textures and better overall performance. However, you can disable it if it results to poor imaging effects.|
|Tessellation Mode||Override Application Settings||Select this option for AMD Radeon’s Tessellation Mode so you can adjust the Maximum Tesselation Level setting below.|
|Maximum Tessellation Level||Off||Remove any Tessellation from Elden Ring and you will experience a huge improvement on gameplay performance. That is why you should always keep the controlled Tessellation disabled.|
|OpenGL Triple Buffering||Disabled||OpenGL Triple Buffering is only helpful when you have V-Sync enabled. Since we recommend turning the latter off, the former should also be disabled to improve Elden Ring performance.|
|Reset Shader Cache||Perform Reset||AMD Radeon Shader Cache lets your games load faster when you launch them many times. Since the shaders are not stored in the cache instead of getting deleted. your computer uses less CPU power whenever you launch the same game. However, more stored shaders may negatively affect games like Elden Ring. Choose Perform Reset for this setting to refresh the cache occasionally and preserve gameplay performance.|
Save your changes and enjoy a more optimized gameplay experience the next time you launch Elden Ring.
How to Disable Easy Anti-Cheat in Elden Ring
There is one more thing you can do to help optimize Elden Ring, whether you use NVIDA or AMD GPUs. The Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) was added to the game to prevent any form of cheating while playing online mode. Disabling EAC may slightly improve game performance, but you should only do this if you just want to Elden Ring in single-player mode.
Go to the Elden Ring game folder. This is what the pathway usually looks like if you installed it on Steam:
Alternatively, you can go to your Steam library, right-click on Elden Ring, select “Properties” and then “Browse Game Files”.
Now that you are inside the game’s folder, create a text file (.txt) and rename it to steam_appid. Enter the numbers 1245620 in this file, save your changes, and close it. EAC is now disabled the next time you launch the game from its .exe file located inside the Elden Ring folder.
Elden Ring is a third-person action role-playing video game set in a land called the Lands Between. It was developed by FromSoftware, the same team that made Demon Souls, Bloodborne, the Dark Souls trilogy, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Elden Ring was published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and released on February 25, 2022 for Windows PC, PlayStations 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. FromSoftware will continue sending out updates to fix the game’s optimization issues. For now, feel free to use our guide so you can play the game without smashing your keyboard due to screen stuttering, frame rate drops, and increased input lag.